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Goal #5: Lesson Plan for Kids


My goal is to have conscious effort to teach kids about life’s lessons. Teaching them, among others, Religion, Generosity, Finance, History, Art, Right Manners and Having Dreams….. I really made it sure to have moments with my two boys talking and making stories. Time is short and I believe that most of the lessons we’ve learned were gained while we were still kidsโ€ฆ.
For this goal, I will consider this complete if I have taught them (or at least, talked to them about) 101 things related to above areas in life and many more. So here is the partial list:

1. Recite “Ama Namin” (“Our Father” in Tagalog) – (Lean already knew the English version since he was 3)
2. Story of the Fisherman’s Wife who was never satisfied, a lesson about greed (Lean)
3. Playing fair and square (while we were playing chess) (Lean)
4. About winning/losing without cheating (while playing Snakes and Ladder) (Lean)
5. Reading aloud a book about “Beliefs” (Lean was having fun counting the word “beliefs” I mentioned)
6. About habit formation at around adolescent years (Jolo)
7. Taught Jolo to save money for something he really wants to buy.
8. About being generous (Lean brought a spare Lego for his friend Aaron)
9. Talking about the course they want to take in college (it doesn’t matter even if they change mind every now and then)
10. Doing the best he can in every project he handles (Jolo)
11. About working hard, and about sowing and reaping (as Lean play the “Farmer” online game)
12. Rewards and consequences in attaining goals
13. Helps Jolo form his habit to clean his face every night, among others.
14. Helps Lean form his “4-things to do” habits every night. (Toothbrush, take a pee, clean his feet, pray)
15. Washing dishes every weekend (Jolo)
(see as the list grow at “Lesson Plan for Kids” at “My Life’s List” widget)

For our future curriculum, we will include:
a. Jolo’s lessons in Civics and history (2 facts everyday)
b. Art attack with Lean
c. Generosity-in-Action, when they accompany me in distributing toys for less-fortunate kids this Xmas
d. More practice on Po and Opo
e. Read World History to Lean (his favorite)
f. loving siblings
g. open bank account in their name
h. about being a friend
i. buying and using money (Lean)
(see as the list grow at “Lesson Plan for Kids” at “My Life’s List” widget)

Giving Up… Letting Go… Saying Bye… Moving On…


leaving2I 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:
๐Ÿ˜ฆ 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?)
๐Ÿ˜ฆ 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.
๐Ÿ˜ฆ 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…)
๐Ÿ™‚ 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…)
๐Ÿ˜ฆ saying good bye to the things we’ve lost during the flood… we are not complaining! ๐Ÿ™‚ we are not badly hit and, thank God, we have no serious casualty from our family, friends, or people we personally know.
๐Ÿ™‚ giving up the habits of unconscious credit card spending….
๐Ÿ™‚ saying good bye to my 7lbs… (really!!!)
๐Ÿ˜ฆ 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)
๐Ÿ˜ฆ 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).
๐Ÿ™‚ 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….

Tips & Insights: Lead… Make a Difference…


Colin Powell Leadership Insights:

leadership1. Promote Clash of Ideas
โ€“ Leaders has to give them the opportunity to speak their piece, without fear of retribution. โ€œThe day soldiers stop bringing you problems, is the day you stopped leading them.โ€
2. Donโ€™tโ€™ go looking for โ€œNOโ€ โ€“ you donโ€™t know what you can get away with until you try. Donโ€™t ask for permission, just do what needs to be done. Mediocre managers carried out orders and waited for a new one. While the best managers experimented with new techniques, tried out new things with their teams often without asking anyoneโ€™s permission, that is, without being irresponsible or insubordinate.
3. Challenge the Professionals โ€“ Keep looking below surface appearances. Donโ€™t shrink from doing so just because you might not like what you find.
4. Donโ€™t Forget the Execution โ€“ A plan is only as powerful as the zeal to execute. There is little essence in laying out a battle plan unless you are prepared to pursue it with complete commitment. Execution matters.
5. Pay Attention to Details โ€“ If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you have to develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is the prevailing attitude.
6. Let Situation Dictate Strategy โ€“ Have the precise understanding of the situation at hand. Methods require flexibility and imagination, and the willingness to embrace change.
7. Trust those in the Trenches– The people in the field is closest to the problem, closest to the situation. Therefore that is where the real wisdom is.
8. Be optimistic โ€“ donโ€™t let adverse facts stand in a way of a good decision. Never step on enthusiasm. Great leaders inspire a sense of hope and confidence, even under the most trying circumstances, and that is why they are needed so badly.

Guys, we need youโ€ฆ Lead and make a differenceโ€ฆ.

T&I: Credenda Means to Believe


starsFrom “The Gift of Acabar” by Og Mandino
A favorite of mine…

Turn away from the crowd and its fruitless pursuit of fame and gold. Never look back as you close your door to the sorry tumult of greed and ambition. Wipe away your tears of failure and misfortune. Lay aside your heavy load and rest until your heart is still. Be at peace. Already it is later than you think, for your earthly life, at best, is only the blink of an eye between two eternities.

Be unafraid. Nothing here can harm you except yourself. Do that which you dread and cherish those victories with pride. Concentrate your energy. To be everywhere is to be nowhere. Be jealous of your time, since it is your greatest treasure.

Reconsider your goals. Before you set your heart too much on anything, examine how happy they are who already possess what you desire. Love your family and count your blessings. Reflect on how eagerly they would be sought if you did not have them.

Put aside your impossible dreams and complete the task at hand no matter how distasteful. All great achievements come from working and waiting. Be patient. Godโ€™s delays are never Godโ€™s denials. Hold on. Hold fast. Know that your paymaster is always near. What you sow, good or evil that you will reap. What you are is through your choice alone. Learn to live with honest poverty, if you must, and turn to more important matters than transporting gold to your grave.

Never meet trouble halfway. Anxiety is the rust of life; when you add tomorrowโ€™s burdens to todayโ€™s their weight becomes unbreakable. Avoid the mournerโ€™s bench and give thanks, instead, for your defeats. You would not receive them if you did not need them. Always learn from others. He who teaches himself has a fool for a master. Be careful. Do not overload your conscience.

Conduct your life as if it were spent in an arena filled with tattlers. Avoid boasting. If you see anything in you that puffs you with pride, look close and you will find more than enough to make you humble.

Be wise. Realize that all men are not created equal, for there is no equality in nature, yet no man was ever born whose work was not born with him. Work every day as if it were your first, yet tenderly treat the lives you touch as if they will all end at midnight. Love everyone, even those who deny you, for hate is a luxury you cannot afford. Seek out those in need. Learn that he who delivers with one hand will always gather with two. Be of good cheer.

Above all, remember that very little is needed to make a happy life. Look up. Reach out. Cling simply to God and journey quietly on your pathway to forever with charity and a smile. When you depart, it will be said by all that your legacy was a better world than the one you found.

Things I Learned Today!


๐Ÿ˜ฆ Don’t rush to please others without thinking about its cost to another.
๐Ÿ˜‰ I should guard myself against people who can “use” me for their seemingly good intent (but it’s not)
๐Ÿ˜ก I should not make it easy for my dementor to antagonize me. I can make them confused, annoyed, and affected, too, without losing”me” in the process.
๐Ÿ˜‰ Take the chance to know your applicants, they have feelings too, (and life-story!)
๐Ÿ™‚ Having foresight and vision is a very useful attribute of a leader.
๐Ÿ™‚ Procedures need not be changed (at all times) if there are just lapses here and there…. Address the lapses, rather than resolving it by changing the process.
๐Ÿ™‚ i learned the word “otorhinolaryngology” (and i can now recite it properly!)

Thursday to Unwind


๐Ÿ™‚ started early and no need to rush to office, i will be fetched by a company service
๐Ÿ™‚ bubble-bath time with aliya in the morning
๐Ÿ™‚ to Dau, had lunch with Store Manager and HR Manager
๐Ÿ˜ฆ got bank penalty because of a forgotten 775 check… i’ve been very careful na nga e….
๐Ÿ™‚ got help from ever-reliable aann for internet banking and iya for bank matters
๐Ÿ™‚ to Clark, and bought b1t1 chocolates.
๐Ÿ™‚ to Baliwag, and had a nice talk with store managers
๐Ÿ˜ฆ still have doubts if my action re my staff misbehavior (then resignation) was right? he spent 14 years in the company
๐Ÿ™‚ discussed immediate audit plans with assts, we seldom talk that way in the office
๐Ÿ˜ฆ my side tummy is aching…
๐Ÿ™‚ got home early
๐Ÿ™‚ bubble-bath time with aliya (again) and lean!
๐Ÿ™‚ lean is semi bald! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ he look older
๐Ÿ™‚ still working on my lists and new set of smilebox photos

Show of Gratitude After All These Years!


Just received a very nice testimonial from my former staff, ARlene… and it made my day!….. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚
“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!