4 October 2017

This Education Called LIFE


          Have you ever wondered what exactly happened to our life? As we journey through life, let us then take a break every now and then in order to reflect on our past events. As we do that, we can realise that it is as if we are reading a book- the book of our life. With that reflection,  we should always be glad to be active participants of such journey. As we wake up each day, fresh and new learnings embrace us and they could help us proceed with our own development. 

          On the other hand, there is no such limit and boundary over our learnings. It only takes our commitment to participate fully in this journey which expect us to make a difference in our life. One noteworthy
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in life is when we share our various giftedness with each other. As we go on with our everyday learnings, we also grow in our awareness over life's excellent stories. 

          As one writer would tell us, he said that " Self-education is, I firmly believe that the only kind of education there is." -Isaac Asimov.  One way or the other, we could agree with Isaac and that as we enter each day, we as a result start to learn new things that contribute colours to this wonderful journey. Numerous people have joined us in this journey most notably those significant others in our life. 

          Hence, as we go on with this trip called LIFE, may we also unceasingly reflect on Isaac's words above and let us be the best persons that we can be. As such, all of us can become agents of joy and growth for others. 



                                             

26 August 2017

Life as a Basketball Game

          As I watched a basketball game between two opposing teams, I could not help but also reflect on life as a basketball game itself.  And just like any team in a basketball game, here are my observations in life being compared to it:

a. different positions-center, forward, guard, etc. these are the different positions in a basketball game. And in life, we ought to play various roles in one way or the other. And in order for one to be effective on any of this role, he needs to acquaint himself with all the roles and responsibilities that this role requires. In life, we also need to know what then are our various roles in the different areas we are in such as the family, community, workplace, society. Being knowledgeable on our very own "SELF" allows us to effectively play our respective roles.

b. teamwork- a very essential ingredient in the game of basketball. Teamwork brings the team to the road of success. That's exactly what we need in life- we ought to have that good teamwork with others especially with our loved ones. And we will only succeed in this one if we are able to understand others on both ends- meaning both in their good and bad sides of life.
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c. cohesion- as a result of teamwork, we can expect a cohesion within the team and this is exactly will happen to life when we experience a smooth sailing relationship with others close to us and also those outside of our inner circles. Each day then becomes an interesting page to life's chapter- full of surprises and wonderful moments.

d. coach- finally to mould all the talents in a basketball team, it requires a learned and a magnificent coach to combine, discover and develop the individual talent of each member. Hence the coach plays such an important role- to monitor and make it sure that each member is playing according to the standards of the team.

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In life, we also need cooperate to our coach- our Lord Above- who knows exactly our strengths and weaknesses. We can't just keep on playing the game of life but somehow, in any stage of it, we need to reflect and listen to the instructions of our Heavenly Coach. 

Hence, when we know how to incorporate all these factors, just like in any basketball game, we will also trek the positive side of life journey.



                                    

29 June 2017

What's Up for the Holiday Season

          Starting next week, school kids will have their two- week holidays. They are all now excited to spend this school break in plenty of plans like camping, a trip to the snow, visiting museums, and others. And amidst all these hectic schedules and plans for the school break, we are caught up, at times, in our everyday endeavours with all the demands and challenges of such a season. Yet when we come to our loved ones, we should unceasingly remind ourselves to endow to them the best of everything. 


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         In my own way, I want my kid to remember the value of sharing on this holiday season. Indeed I want him to appreciate lots of joy in the element of sharing. As a father to this five year old so loveable boy,  I always want him to relive with others the feeling of being so wonderful when he is able to share his presence, time, toys and everything with them. The idea of sharing goes beyond one's limitations such as physical, social, psychological and others. When we can muster sufficient courage to embrace our limitations then continue to share ourselves to others, I believe that such thing counts as one of those essential things in life. 

          Hence, try to spend a little while to think your own particular way of spending the holiday season with your kids. Be able to share with others especially your time for there is nothing that can replace it even all the latest gadgets we have nowadays. 



                                               

14 March 2017

A Prayer For My Children

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Thank you for entrusting these
precious children into my care.

I pray that You will grant them
complete knowledge of Your will.

Bless them with all spiritual
wisdom and understanding.

I pray that my children
will always honour and please you, Father.
May their lives produce every kind of good fruit.

All the while, I ask that they will
grow to know You more deeply.


Through your power,
give them the endurance
and patience they need.

May they always be filled
with gratitude toward You.

AMEN.

based on Colossians1:9-11




          Special thanks to Saint Stephen's Catholic Primary School for sharing this prayer on their Newsletter issue Monday, 20th February 2017. Our beloved son, Kurt, goes to this school and I greatly appreciate the kind of journey that he is taking there through the guidance of his teacher, Laura, all the teachers, staff and their principal, Christine. 




15 January 2017

Colours of Life

          Have you ever wondered why are there different colours on a rainbow? In fact, a rainbow is composed of seven colours such as red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.  That when one colour is intertwined with the rest of those colours, this resulted to a magnificently designed rainbow.

          According to Wikipedia, " a rainbow is a meteorological phenomenom that is caused by reflection, refraction and dispersion of light in water droplets resulting in a spectrum of light appearing in the sky. It takes the form of a multicoloured arc." 

One occasion, while watching a rainbow in the sky, a reflection  dawned on me about life itself. And I  realised that life on itself is a mix and interactions of so many factors. Colours of life could refer to the various stages and chapters that we can be in. Or these colours could also represent the various phases of emotions we come into experience each single day.

Moreover, while I consider myself and others as an active or passive onlookers of any rainbow, we could also take part either in a very crucial way or a mere participant on these colours of life. As William Ernest Henley said in his poem Invictus, "  ...I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul."....we also are responsible how to incorporate the different colours of our lives. 

          And it would never be the responsibility of others to check on our growth but rather, we are solely accountable on how we become in the future. Finally, others can only accompany us on this journey but the consequence to any choice that we will take will be our call. At the end of the day, it's us who either will make or break these colours of our life. 









26 December 2016

Sharing Some Kinder Experiences of My Child

          As my child ended his pre- school experiences in his centre, as one of those parents watching the journey of these four year old kids, I was also filled with pride, extreme joy, gratitude and satisfaction  as my child finished his kinder days.

          As a parent, it is my joy to share some of the highlights of my kid's journey this year. One of those activities on which the children enjoyed so much was their exploration of the writing table area. It was on this activity that they made learnings and fun on letters and on frequency words.



          What was also striking in their journey was the using of the choice self and also to be respectful on how to care for the equipment. The Centre also has a dramatic play area and the kids had the chance to explore it. Then later on this year, they had some Christmas focused activities and just by watching a part of these activities in school, I had no doubt that indeed, the kids had a great time and many moments of bonding with each other.

          Hence, it is with so much joy that I express my gratitude to all the staff of the pre- school of my son and with this opportunity, for sure they became instruments in moulding the character of my son and the other kids. 


3 January 2016

Adding Spices to Life

          As we usher into this new year, we also think about how could we improve our everyday living most notably those of our loved ones. The lessons we have learned from last year will lead us into the right way towards our goal of self perfection. No matter how one clings to the past, yet we could never bring back one past experience to the present moment.

          Hence, as the days of this new year begin to unfold each day, let us also learn how to add ingredients to our relationships so as to ensure a life worth living for on this new year. We could look for innovations so that our activities will become interesting and amazing. 


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         Like when we deal with free time, let us ensure that we spend it on such a quality time with our loved ones, making it sure that our other lopsided gimmicks will not interfere with our more meaningful interactions with loved ones. Considering the modern day evolution of gadgets such as cell phones, and other hi- tech ones, let us not allow them to be our excuses so that we will deprive our loved ones with the basic needs in life especially our LOVE. 

         When we constantly realise the impact of our essential relationships with others then we can also spend time to leisurely and productively be with them. To put icing on the cake, let us make our loved as our top priority everyday after all, they are the main source of our energy and strength.
  




                                             
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