Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Happiness = Being Grateful + focusing on what's good

I read an article from Bro. Bo Sanchez.  An inspiring article which reminds us that the key to happiness is to always be thankful and focus on what is good.  It seems very simple, yet so many of us tend to forget to appreciate the good within ourselves, the good in others and the goodness around us. 

A portion of the article says: The key to happiness is gratitude. A grateful person is a happy person. And an ungrateful person is an unhappy person.

How does Bro. Bo define a grateful person? A grateful person focuses on what is good.

So if a grateful person is a happy person, and a grateful person focuses on what is good,I therefore conclude that a happy person is someone who sees the good in everything.

I was also told that if we want to be truly happy, then we should start counting our blessings that money cannot buy.

To read more of that article, please click here.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Why Staying is Still Worth It

So many people have been asking me why I still am sticking with my current job.  The level of stress that it has given me is pretty much obvious as evidenced by my persistent weight gain.  Staring at the computer for almost 8 hours has also added to my ever worsening visual problems.  I am also increasing my risk of developing certain conditions related to working during the night shifts.  And according to an article I read, (click here) I may even be shortening my life!

I know I always have the option to leave if I want to, but then I would also start pointing out the reasons why I should stay.  I have learned to love the job that I'm doing.  I get to interact with different kinds of individuals.  Being an EMR physician has boost my confidence level as it has exposed me to conducting trainings and meeting with doctors in the US.  I enjoy working on the EMR templates, and actually implementing them for client use.  I have met new friends and acquaintances.  But the main reason why leaving is difficult, is because I have developed a special bond with my team.  They make coming to work each night something to look forward to, despite knowing that there may be client concerns or some major issues.  I am fortunate to be working with these unique individuals.  Despite being younger by a few years, I have also come to learn from them as well.  I know that no matter where life leads us in the future, we would always remain friends.  

I know that the kind of work I am doing now is temporary.  I know that sooner or later I would have to leave and pursue something greater.  But for now, thanks to the these people, staying is still definitely worth it.

Friday, June 17, 2011

My Flower Garden-Project

I have always wanted to have a flower garden.  I used to imagine a backyard where I could just relax while being surrounded by flowers of different colors.  But living in an apartment complex, I kind of had a hard time picturing how my garden would turn out because there was no space for me to grow a garden.  So I had been putting off that plan for a while, until recently while I was scouting for my daughters fabric for her uniform. I happen to pass by Carbon market and saw all the plants for sale.  I talked to the lady who was selling the plants and she actually had me convinced to finally start with my garden project.  Since I could not actually make a garden in our compound, I chose the area in front of our unit as my starting point. I bought plastic flower pots and started with small flower plants (forget-me-not, a mini-rose and three other plants which names I could not remember).  After putting the plants in their respective pots, I was pretty much excited with the thought of seeing them grow each day.  Our house looked prettier with all the flowers aligned up front.

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