Stories We Leave Behind by Micaela Papa

My heart is bleeding for this. I share the same frustration as a writer, as a communication practitioner. And this is precisely one of the reasons why I badly want to take up Development Communication.
Pilipinas kong mahal, kailan ka nga ba magiging tunay na malalaya?

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[Entry 20, The SubSelfie Blog] 

Guest blogger: Micaela Papa is a senior correspondent for GMA News. At a young age, she has received numerous awards for her Brigada documentary Gintong Krudo. She was also in Palo, Leyte during the first day of typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). Our Manila headquarters could not establish contact with their team for the first 24 hours after the storm. Thankfully, they survived. She wrote this article a few days ago (June 19, 2014) and it was first published in GMA News Online. — Bam Alegre

There is nothing in the world more fluid than the news. Today’s PDAF scam headline could be cradling my dog’s poo at the bottom of his cage tomorrow.

I’m not the first reporter who is thankful that stories expire at a (nearly) daily rate. We rarely take our stories home – especially when the day’s coverage was a politician talking my ear off…

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Practice the attitude of gratitude

Do good things just happen, or do they happen because someone has the power to bring them into your life? Don't just "Thank Goodness!" Thank God.

Christians in the society

Fellow Christians, let us be different; but not too diferent that we become indifferent to human sufferings and societal problems.

Speak up for people who cannot speak for themselves. Protect the rights of all who are helpless. Speak for them and be a righteous judge. Protect the rights of the poor and needy.

~Proverbs 31:8-9


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2014 R.A.C.E. to Serve Fun Run IV Registration Is Until July 31

Love fun runs? The Civil Service Commission invites you to join this year’s R.A.C.E. to Serve Fun Run! Have your name listed on or before July 31, 2014.

Philippine Civil Service Anniversary

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The CSC-NCR is now accepting participants for the R.A.C.E. to Serve Fun Run IV. The registration deadline is July 31, 2014.

The Fun Run will be held on September 6, 2014, Saturday, 5:00 a.m. at the SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.

Rules and regulations:

1. Participants must be Filipino Citizens.

2. Participants must be 18 years old and above.

3. Participants below 18 years of age must secure the permission of parents/guardians (provided in the registration form).

4. Participants must check in at the starting line 10 minutes before the start of the race.

5. Race bib must be worn at all times during the race.

6. The organizer’s decision is final.

7. Change of race category shall not be allowed.

8. Race bib is number is non-transferable.

For more information, contact Ms. Cynthia Rapacon of the CSC-NCR at 7408412, 7490980, 7815864, 7815886, or 7416097.

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Habits to outgrow to be successful at work (from the Life Manual)

TO: MYSELF & YOU

Bunches of fresh graduates today are surely applying for jobs to get themselves employed and finally earn their own money.  Others perhaps busy themselves in building business plans to be their own bosses.  In whatever way, these people are facing a new transition in their lives – from school to work.  Perhaps, some of you reading this have been there.  I’ve been there and am still adjusting till now.  At first, I thought it was just like leveling up from highschool to college.  Wrong! I realized that, yes, we acquired knowledge, skills, and of course our diploma from our schools.  But alongside these things, we have also developed habits that build our character…habits that can either make us a success or a failure.

Recalling the common habits we all might have had back in college, I found out some which we need to outgrow for us to be successful at work–and not surprisingly, they’re written in the Life Manual (Bible).

  • Procrastination Murderer of time!  I used to justify that procrastination is good because it lets out all my creative juices and brilliant ideas when in crunch time.  I thought I’d always produce better outputs when I do it in a rush. Sounds familiar?  Well, the truth is, habitual procrastination denies you of the greater things you can do with greater amount of time. Ergo, it is never good and never fit for work.  I guess we all know this truth but only refuse to acknowledge it. 😛
Procrastinator's clock
“The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.” ~ Psalm 13:4
  • Compulsive buying – It’s always easy to spend the money that we do not earn.  We all understand the pressure in school to catch up on latest gadgets and branded things.  So instead of saving our parents’ hard-earned money, we spend them unwisely to satisfy our short-term longings.  But have you ever asked yourself, “What on earth is the sense of all these?”  You’re just pressuring yourself.  You’re squeezing out money which you can save for a more meaningful purpose in the future.  You’re blinding yourself with your ‘wants’ instead of enlightening yourself with others’ needs.  You might be digging for yourself a grave of debt.  It doesn’t make any sense at all.  Had I only realized this back then, I would have saved more and invested earlier.  Thank God for reminding me that we should be good stewards of our resources.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal." ~ Matthew 6:19-20
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” ~ Matthew 6:19-20
  • Slackness I wasn’t in the habit of keeping a planner or a “to-do” list when I was a student.  I would just rely on whatever notes I jotted down (project deadlines, tasks, etc.), on whatever piece of paper, which I slipped in through whatever book or notebook I have.  Sometimes, I’d depend on my “overly competitive” classmates to remind us of our assignments and their corresponding deadlines.  As a result, homework would turn into schoolwork, and I’d always cram to finish each on the deadline date.  But things changed when I started working.  Being a scatter-brain is a no-no at the workplace.  No one’s gonna remind you of your deadlines.  You have to stand on your own and prove your bosses  that you can really perform.  So track your productivity by keeping a “to-do” list or a planner.  Use any of your gadgets to remind you of your meetings, deadlines, etc.  Organize yourself.  Plan your day or your week.  You won’t regret it.
"Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys." ~ Proverbs 18:9
“Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys.” ~ Proverbs 18:9
  • Work-Alone attitude – Sure, there are things we’d prefer doing alone, be it in school or at work.  But generally, achieving goals is not just about you, but also about the team that you are in.  Their help may not be as that visible, like giving you a hand on your task.  However, in one way or another, they motivate you, challenge you, and sometimes push you to your limits.  Take all these as contributing factors to achieving a goal.  An African proverb says, “If you want to go fast, go alone.  But if you want to go far, go together.”  I also saw this relative image at Google that spelled out T-E-A-M as:
"Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!" ~Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!” ~Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
  •  Social Media leech – There’s a very rampant rape case today.  The victims? Social media POST/SHARE buttons.  Everyone, especially teenagers and students, are often unmindful of their posts on social media .  It’s sickening.  They don’t even consider the impact it will have on their reputation and credibility when they apply for work.  I mean, come on, everybody’s on social media now, even your soon-to-be bosses.  A feature article on global Human Resource trends even stated that social media sites are now a go-to sites of HR managers to check an applicant’s profile and behavior as well, just by looking at the applicant’s posts.  If you feel like you are a suspect of raping those ‘post/share’ buttons, now is the time to change for the better.
"Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear." ~Ephesians 4:29
“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” ~Ephesians 4:29
  • Disrespect – Golden rule application: If you want respect from others, give them yours.
"“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets." ~Matthew 7:12
““So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” ~Matthew 7:12

 

There are still a lot other negative habits that we need to ditch to help ourselves be successful at work and live by example.  If there are others you can think of, feel free to leave a thought/comment on this post.

God bless!


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