I set again today this 29-day Giving Challenge (part 2).
Just want to rekindle again in me the spirit of kindness and charity.
In a way, I can be more sensitive about others and their plights and pleasures.
And this also promotes “abundance mentality,” right!?
The challenge starts now: October 10, 2010 (10-10-10 adds to 30, just a variation of 29-day giving challenge)
Day 1: A star pillow to our assistant
Day 2: Lunch treat a friend
Day 3: The book “The Obvious” by Lloyd Luna to a staff
Day 4: A birthday ampaw for our assistant
Day 5: A packed lunch to a collegue
Day 6: A lunch, coffee, cake with Papi
Day 7: Grocery pack for Mama and Daddy
Day 8: Celfone to cousin
I am not a quitter!
But there are things, situation, habits… and people that we have to let go… for me (for them) to grow, to prosper, to live on!
This week and last week are just that:
😦 saying bye (but not giving up) — to a favorite, good friend who will be going back to States, and we don’t know if it is (again) for good or she will be coming back here (also for good?)
😦 saying bye to another favorite friend who will be leaving for San Francisco, too. The prospect of seeing him again is quite too far (again), say 2-3 years.
😦 letting go – two good audit staff are resigning (as their mentor, I really want them to explore/grow more, but at the same time, I feel bad because of feeling of “inadequacy” by not providing them enough reasons to stay…)
🙂 giving up (but to where it goes, I’m glad)…. our clothes and things for the flood victims! (included there is my “benchmark pants”… the one I want to squeeze into someday…)
😦 saying good bye to the things we’ve lost during the flood… we are not complaining! 🙂 we are not badly hit and, thank God, we have no serious casualty from our family, friends, or people we personally know.
🙂 giving up the habits of unconscious credit card spending….
🙂 saying good bye to my 7lbs… (really!!!)
😦 giving up the plan to arrange my “adopted” sister’s medication… because she is giving up HERSELF…. (this one I still have to reconsider… I should not really give up on her)
😦 letting go of the concept and image of Jolo as just a kid… I have to accept that he is a “grown” boy now! (whaaahh).
🙂 giving up the thought of keeping these people, things, situation, habit… with full understanding that “giving up, letting go, saying bye….” is just a phase for us to move on, grow and have better perspective….
Life goes on and on and on….
We almost made it to China!
It’s just that…. we were denied entry at the Hong Kong-Shenzhen border! 🙂
We didn’t fret over it, we just laughed at the experience and still had a great time at Hong Kong! Regardless of the tiresome 7-hour travel: Macao to HK, HK to Shenzhen border, and back to HK, nothing and no one can just dampen our feelings because we were having fun! Spontaneity also adds to the excitement!
Here are some of the things learned in the process:
😉 no one is allowed to take the Turbojet from Macao to Schenzhen without a Visa.
😦 no visa processing on SUnday
😦 no more visa being issued at the HK border (unlike before)
😉 don’t have high hopes when it seemed the Chinese are very helpful in the process
😮 travel light
😦 don’t book on a hotel in a county you don’t have visa yet
🙂 we can rely on our staff to book us anytime, anywhere
🙂 HK’s train system is so efficient
😉 there is no such thing as “gentleman” in HK train
🙂 we can still have fun no matter what the situation!
Tips for Feeling Better About Yourself
Well it’s rare for a person who isn’t sometimes (or often) have moments of self-doubt. When you’re feeling lousy about yourself, what can you do to feel better?
Then do something worthy of your respect. To like yourself better…do something that makes you likable. It’s tempting to think that support and encouragement from other people will reassure you, but A) often that doesn’t work and B) often you can’t winkle other people into giving you a pep talk.
1. Do a good deed. This is as selfish as it is selfless; you’ll benefit as much as the person you’re helping. Make small gestures of good citizenship. Offer directions to someone who looks lost. Sign up to be an organ donor.
2. Choose nice clothes to wear. Look your best even if you don’t feel like it. That will surely boost you.
3. Keep a resolution. You’ll get a boost from the mere fact that you made a commitment (even not as grand like doing 5-minute walk daily or cleaning) and stuck to it.
4. Become an expert. There’s great satisfaction in mastery. Pick a subject that honestly interests you, and dig in deep.
5. Challenge yourself physically and boost your energy. Some people feel great after roller-coaster-ride (like me). For less daring, a bike ride, or cleaning the car or pole dancing can do the trick.
6. Keep an eye for positive things and circumstances. Think of half-full glass.
7. Smile. Lighten up. The smile “back” is as rewarding and contagious.
8. Don’t fret. Don’t think much about “how to be happy” as this highlights why you are gloomy in the first place. Do something fun.
9. Get enough sleep.
Sourced from Happiness Project and Katrina M’s Journal
🙂 started early and no need to rush to office, i will be fetched by a company service
🙂 bubble-bath time with aliya in the morning
🙂 to Dau, had lunch with Store Manager and HR Manager
😦 got bank penalty because of a forgotten 775 check… i’ve been very careful na nga e….
🙂 got help from ever-reliable aann for internet banking and iya for bank matters
🙂 to Clark, and bought b1t1 chocolates.
🙂 to Baliwag, and had a nice talk with store managers
😦 still have doubts if my action re my staff misbehavior (then resignation) was right? he spent 14 years in the company
🙂 discussed immediate audit plans with assts, we seldom talk that way in the office
😦 my side tummy is aching…
🙂 got home early
🙂 bubble-bath time with aliya (again) and lean!
🙂 lean is semi bald! 😦 he look older
🙂 still working on my lists and new set of smilebox photos
An old saying goes something like… “don’t give them fish to eat, but give them net to fish….” that’s the theme of my generosity today…
🙂 i sponsored the tax seminar of my cousin
🙂 at the same time making a colleague happy with her CPE credits for free
🙂 i was with my friend Flor, who never fail to inspire me and awe me…
🙂 by the way, Flor treated us to a very relaxing spa massage galore! thanks sis!
🙂 been educated with tax matters again…
🙂 prospect for new clients & new business (franchise & gas station)…
🙂 going to China for a bonding trip with friends and hubby (this month)
🙂 🙂 good laughs watching “Ice Age 3” with papi, jolo and lean
🙂 🙂 Lean with his drawing (vision) of his 8th birthday next year (he will be in “knight” costume and i will be soooo slim…)
😦 been struggling with my speelling today…
🙂 kuya will be coming to town on christmas! (nice chat with you tonight, kuya 😉 )
🙂 🙂 giving hope in best way I can…
Just received a very nice testimonial from my former staff, ARlene… and it made my day!….. 🙂 🙂 🙂
“She had taught me invaluable things in so much ways she couldn’t imagine. She is never a boss,always a mentor. She is a “cool” person to head an important dept in an organization.
I’d like to say sorry po sa mga sakit ng ulo na binigay ko sa inyo when i was still in your dept. i know im not easy to manage, especially my too assuming attitude, unmindful behaviour when spurting out words to and about colleagues.
For me, you’re the best Audit Manager! this morning i got a praise from the CFO, saying about impressive report i was able to produce on a high level.i partly owe it to you po.salamat sa mga mahahabang arrows inserting words at mga words in red font sa walang sawa nyong pag edit sa mga reports ko.”
Really nice to know that in my own little way, i can inspire people, that I am remembered as a leader and mentor. Other staff may not agree to this testimonial, but then what matters is that at least one person affirms my ideals!