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I would like to believe that my experiences are simply because of pure luck or coincidences but are they really?

I was wanting to eat Goldilocks polvoron, really simple story, lol!

I asked my husband about maybe asking a friend to buy it for me, since she left to visit her family in the Philippines. Great timing, right? But, decided not to.

The next day, guess, what happened? I visited one of the schools, I was assigned to, and was greeted by one of the Filipino teachers working there, out of the blue, she pulled out a plastic bag full of goodies and gave me Goldilocks polvoron!

Did I attract it? Mmm…

Here’s more:

I was so sleepy and decided to sleep but I was afraid somebody might call me, so I turned my cellphone to a silent mode. Just minutes after I went to bed, somebody knocked on the door looking for me!

How lucky could I get?

If there are no coincidences… then, I guess, with just my THOUGHTS I was able to attract the simple Goldilocks polvoron that I yearn for and my fear of being disturbed actually brought me the very thing that I did not want!

Maybe, there is really some truth in the Law of Attraction.

.. and maybe, I could make good use of that law in bringing about people, things and places that I want in my life.

Interesting, huh?

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 “The only way that I will ever be great to myself is not what I do to my body but what I do to my mind.” – Ramtha from the documentary “What the bleep do we know”.

Hey, it’s all about infinite possibilities, how powerful our mind is and how our thoughts can become our reality.

I remember being scared of just the thought of “infinite possibilities” – since it also equates to anything can happen…AS IN, anything! Just like an ocean full of possibilities, vast, large, powerful.. scary!

I know I can just focus on the positive extremes but knowing there is the negative extreme too can be “goosebumps-maker” indeed!

Nonetheless, I think cleansing our thoughts of negativity and addiction matter a lot too!

Our bodies are basically the manifestation of our very own thoughts.

Our bodies may already be telling us something, and we are still not aware of it, until the last-minute… we may already be feeling its effects but have forgotten about the cause.

Sometimes, until we do something with our minds, how we think, what we think about, how we react, how we let things go, how we work with our ego and pride.. until we do some soul-searching and reflection.. our bodies won’t heal.

If we don’t like what’s happening to our bodies, then we need to take responsibility and address its cause – which is all in the mind.

It can really get complicated this “body-mind connection”, so maybe up to the level where we can still choose, let’s think wisely.

Time is short to hold grudges, so let’s not; amongst others.

NAMASTE.

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I was chatting with a friend. He just received his much-awaited green card visa and has been blessed abundantly. While sharing he said, “just tithe, don’t forget to give 10% to God, and he will give you so much more!”.


He quoted Malachai 3:8-10 “Give your 10% increase to the Lord because that belongs to Him,, If you do that I will open the doors of Heaven to pour all the blessings and fill up your barns more than you expect- declares the LORD.”


I couldn’t say that I’ve been practicing  it 100% because of financial constraints but I am also a believer of giving back. 


But while browsing about the topic, I’ve come across this website: Let God Be True!discussing a post about tithing. It’s kinda straight forward and is quoting biblical verses as it answers the questions. 


A tithe is basically 10% of your income, given to your church, or whoever helps your spiritual life. The question of should it be computed via gross income or net income, indicates a selfish or stingy heart, so they wrote. Why is it that when it comes to God, would a person lower his income to give Him less!… makes sense, right?


Should Christians tithe? No, they should give more! Israel under the weak and beggarly Old Testament gave more than 10% in tithes and offerings, so we under the blessings of the New should give more than they, and the Spirit-filled examples agree (Gal 4:9; Heb 7:19,22; 8:6; Acts 2:44-47; 4:32-37). Remember, the Lord requires based on what He has given you (Luke 12:48).


Here are their answers to what ifs:


What if I do not give? You rob God, and you will suffer (Hag 1:1-11; Mal 3:8-12; II Cor 9:6; Gal 6:7). Everything you have is from the Lord, and you should willingly give some back. It is often the love of money that causes some to oppose tithing and/or giving, but disciples of Jesus Christ give liberally, for they reject covetousness and the love of money (I Tim 6:6-10,17-19).


What if I cannot afford to give? You must be in financial trouble, so you cannot afford not to give! Joseph and Mary, though poor, brought two turtledoves for our Lord’s dedication (Luke 2:22-24; Lev 12:8). Jesus took note of a widow giving two mites over rich men giving much (Lev 12:1-4). Moses required a soul offering of every citizen without regard for ability to give (Ex 30:5). The Philippians gave generously, though they were comparatively poor (II Cor 8:1-5).


What it all means…


What is the bottom line? The Lord is a great king, and He deserves your best (Mal 1:14; Heb 12:28-29). If you want the heart of David, you better give more than a tithe (I Chron 22:5,14-16; 29:2-5). Let the lovers of filthy lucre argue about tithing. Since the world began, God has blessed liberal givers (Gen 13:2; 26:12; 32:10; Pr 3:9-10; 11:24-26; Mal 3:8-12; Luke 6:38; II Cor 9:6). The most exciting use of your money should be generous giving to the Lord, off the top, often!

 

Here I am a pro-believer of how your thoughts can change your life – and then this! So I am now thinking of changing some perspective and making this happen soon! – 100%. 


Never mind about the repercussions, consequences and fearful words, it doesn’t really matter. 


It basically makes sense to give. Give, give, give.. because the more we do it, the more we’ll receive.


Period.

 

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I am pleased to know I can always start anew.


To change my color… so I can change my world.


To count my blessings, instead of sheep.


And to be always in control… as I allow God to blossom in me. 


NAMASTE.

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The Leader in Me.

Summer of 2010, I received a personalized letter from the new principal at the under performing school I worked with in New Orleans. He started so strong and was so determined and challenged that just after a couple of weeks, teachers were on their toes teaching with a different passion,  students behavior seemed to change and teams were eager to communicate and collaborate to make academics and behavior work!   The principal was just so into it that the staff, teachers and even the students could really picture the vision for the school to the point that we all, one way or another,  actually believed that it will be achieved! He’s always out and about, he would  even co-teach a class, he’d whisper to students and ask them if they understood what’s being taught, he’d know his students with special needs that he’d ask them if they were being given accommodations. He simply made sure that everyone’s doing what they were supposed to be doing! It was a real 180 degree turn from what our school was prior to his leadership.

Clearly my vision of what leadership is about, when change is created, when you properly direct or guide your team to the achievement of the set goals, when your team is communicating, creating solutions not problems, when they are involved and invested in achieving the vision of the group and at the end of the day you know that you were able to empower your people, because as you bring out the best in them, it’s bringing out the best in you.

A leader plays many roles, wears many hats. What makes a leader great however is if he is not only able to lead a group into the achievement of its goals and vision, but more so if he is able to take leadership of his own self, his own experience, his own habits, his own cultural programming and his own thoughts.

Thus, we are all leaders, we may not be great ones yet, but what is important is if we are able to lead our own thoughts into that we earnestly desire, then we may be surprised to have all our goals and vision achieved just because we are able to lead ourselves into it. Let me repeat, If we are able to lead our own thoughts into that we earnestly desire, then we may be surprised to have all our goals and vision achieved just because we are able to lead ourselves into it. We may not know yet but that is how powerful we are!

The principal I had in New Orleans knew what he wanted. He was very clear and decided to make his goals happen. He will not say no for an answer. To him, there is always a solution… He’d say, “So? What can you do about it?” If you are bringing him a problem, be sure to bring him solution too!

And that’s how powerful we are, because if we just keep quiet and think about it, there are no problems without solutions, so it’s not even a problem at all. Leaders will always find ways to make things happen. But this is not to say we can just do what we think we should do, because we are responsible and accountable for our actions too. We should also make sure that we know how are actions are impacting others.

The question now is how do we lead ourselves into achieving our goals? How do we get from Point A to Point B? Napoleon Hill said, if the mind can conceive and believe, it will achieve. The answer is all about knowing what you want with all your heart and soul, believing it will happen in due time and then it will happen, like magic! Pieces of the puzzle will fit, circumstances will change, different mechanisms will just appear leading to its achievement! Our mind is simply powerful. So we should really be careful on what we are thinking about. Our thoughts could really make things happen. Our thoughts could change our world.

Knowing ourselves and achieving by simply changing our thoughts is power. With great power, though comes great responsibility. The Principal in New Orleans knew that, he knew how powerful he is and that is why he was able to create change in his workplace, because he allowed us, teachers and staff to believe in ourselves too, and in our power.

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Not too late…

So, I went to the schools… and in one of the schools, I met an active 88 year-old Special Education Teacher. 88 years old!!!!!!

A lot of things ran through my mind. Ok, she’s 88. She still teaches… BUT – What about technology? What about making IEPs (Individualized Education Plan)??? Uh oh.

So I hugged her. I told her we need to do a lot of things this year. I posted all the pertinent materials on her cabinet. I taught her what to do. I informed her, we will do this, one step at a time! Guess what I found out- she’s a lot of fun! for her age!

After teaching her on how to do the 1st page of the IEP, she asked me, “alright, now answer me, What are gerunds? What are participial adjectives?” I laughed, hard!  She told me, “see there a lot of things that I know, and I am sure you know a lot of things too. So as you teach me I will review you with English matters, is that a deal?”

And there began our journey. IEP data collection –  she does the errands, the testing, the interviewing, I make her write the meat of the IEP, I help her with the rest. So far, so good.

Seeing her do all these things, watching her walk, hearing her teach, listening to her funny statements and  feeling her presence in the room, made me realize a lot of things about life.

Age doesn’t matter. She said when she turned 70 she just accepted things. She likes everyone. She understands people’s uniqueness and she just lives her life one day at a time.

I asked her ” Why are you still here in school?”, she answered, ” Why not? What will I do at home, my husband’s dead!”. Mmmm, makes sense. She continued, “I would have been traveling too, but I don’t want to travel alone. I like gardening…” I interrupted, “then go gardening!”, she continued, “No, I don’t want to do gardening alone!”, and deducted, nope, she’s not going anywhere.

We can keep going if we want to. Retirement doesn’t and shouldn’t stop us. I can continue to love working, continue to use my brain, remain active and alive for as long as I want to. For as long as I want to.

The teacher’s 88 and she’s got a lot of special education and English resource matters going for her. She complains not. She is determined. And never mind if she is 88, I don’t discriminate. I get inspired. Really!

Health is wealth. The gift of health is I think what I’ll be praying for when I get to her age. At her age, she still enjoys what she can. At her age, she still enjoys life.

No one is too old to learn new technology. At 88 years old, she’s got FB!!! Hahaha, joke! But yes, she remembers her user id and password in almost all the websites that she needs to be using, she knows her Microsoft Office basics and yes she can even communicate via email!

Love what you do. She stopped me one time and told me, “Maria, I really want to make sure I am on time, SO, if you want, I can work with you after school and during weekends… Actually tomorrow, Saturday, I will be here in school to work on things!” Mmmm… still thinking if that’s too much love of work? or that at her age there isn’t much “life” she can afford to do?

At this time, though I’m still puzzled why she chose to be where she at now, I respect her. I respect her choices and how up to this time, she continues to be giving of her time, talent and skills. For as long as teaching makes her alive and happy then so be it.

The challenge now is, if she can do it at her AGE, then I ______________….

And so it is..


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just what i need!

An e-mail from a friend… just what I need!

God : Hello! ….. Did you ‘ping’ me?

Me : ‘Pinged’ you?….. No…..who is this?

God : This is GOD. I heard your prayers. So I  thought
I will chat.

Me : I do pray. Just makes me feel good. But I am
actually very busy now. I am in the midst of
something.

God : What are you busy at?

Me : Don’t know. But I can’t find free time. Life has
become hectic. It’s >>rush >> hour all the time.

God : Well I wanted to resolve your fight for time,
by giving you some clarity.  In this next era, I

wanted to reach you through the medium you are
comfortable  with.

Me : Tell me, why has life become complicated now?

God : Stop analyzing life. Just live it. Analysis is
what makes it complicated.

Me : Why are we then constantly unhappy?

God : Your today is the tomorrow that you worried
about yesterday.  You are  worrying because you are
analyzing. Worrying has become your habit.  That’s why
you are not happy.

Me : But how can we not worry when there is so much
uncertainty?

God : Uncertainty is inevitable, but worrying is
optional.

Me : But then, there is so much pain due to
uncertainty. ….

God : Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional.

Me : If suffering is optional, why do good people
always suffer?

God : Diamond cannot be polished without friction.
Gold cannot be purified  without fire. Good people go

through trials, but don’t suffer. With that experience
their life becomes better not bitter.

Me : You mean to say such experience is useful?

God : Yes. In all terms, Experience is a hard teacher.
She gives the test first and the lessons afterwards.

Me: But still, why should we go through such tests?

Why can’t we be free from problems?

God : Problems are Purposeful Roadblocks Offering
Beneficial Lessons (to)  Enhance Mental Strength.

Inner strength comes from struggle and endurance,
not when you are free from problems.

Me : Frankly in the midst of so many problems, we
don’t know where we are heading….

God : If you look outside you will not know where you

are heading. Look inside.  Looking outside, you
dream. Looking inside, you awaken. Eyes provide sight.
Heart provides insight.

Me : Sometimes not succeeding fast seems to hurt more
than moving in the right  direction. What should I

do?

God : Success is a measure as decided by others.
Satisfaction is a measure as decided by you. Knowing
the road ahead is more satisfying than knowing your
road ahead. You work with the compass. Let others work

with the clock.

Me : In tough times, how do you stay motivated?

God : Always look at how far you have come rather than
how far you have to go.  Always count your   blessing,
not what you are missing.

Me : What surprises you about people?

God : When they suffer they ask, “why me?” When they
prosper, they never ask  “Why me”. Everyone wishes to
have truth on their side, but few want to be on

the side of the truth.

Me : Sometimes I ask, who am I, why am I here? I can’t
get the answer.

God : Seek not to find who you are, but to determine
who you want to be.  Stop looking for a purpose as to

why you are here. Create it. Life is not a   process
of discovery but a process of creation.

Me : How can I get the best out of life?

God : Face your past without regret. Handle your
present with confidence.  Prepare for the future

without fear.

Me: One last question. Sometimes I feel my prayers
are not answered.

God : There are no unanswered prayers. At times the
answer is NO.

Me : Thank you for this wonderful chat. I now have a

new sense of inspiration.

God : Keep the faith and drop the fear. Don’t believe
your doubts and doubt  your beliefs. Life is a mystery
to unfold not a problem to solve.   Trust me,

Life is wonderful if you know how to live .

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