Nurse Talk: Why I Gave Up The Job I Love

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“No pulse, no breathing, pupils are dilated”

Signs of irreversible termination of all living functions. The end of life – death.

The first time I (as nurse) lose a patient was  extremely difficult. In fact, I can still recall the circumstances surrounding my first patient’s death.

I heard those lines again while watching MMK (Maala-ala mo kaya) on a Saturday evening with my family. It’s about the  “Nurse Rapper” who raps for her dying cancer patient. Her name is Fatima Palma, one of the Staff Nurse at EAMC (East Avenue Medical Center)

I don’t usually watch a television when I’m home, or, most of the time, I am not at home.  So upon watching this MMK’s episode, at first, I am not interested. It just happened that we’re watching it while eating dinner, and even after meal, I am hooked with every scene. For a simple reason – I can relate.

 

Why Nursing?

First year college, we’re always asked, “Why did you choose Nursing” as part of our introduction. Unlike any other prevalent reasons why – to go to a different country – to give their family a financial breathing ground. But most of them, their parents chose the course for them.(Ugh! Nursing schools should adopt the culture of screening their students to avoid producing nurses who don’t want to be nurses anyway.)

As for me, it really is my dream to become a nurse – or a doctor. I wanted to do something in my career that is challenging, interesting, and makes a difference in people’s lives on a daily basis. Plus the benefit of rendering health care to my own family – especially my Mom.

 

Almost Giving-up

I am well-motivated. All of the people around me including my family and friends, supports me. From moral to financial support – name it. I never thought of quitting in anything (even in Pharmacology that brings me tears in one summer class, and Thesis. Gaaaah!)

Acads was never a problem, by God’s grace. I didn’t fail any of my subjects and/or any exams required for graduation.

Completed the hours of duty. Enjoyed all of them! (all areas, all shifts). Priceless experience! Although I had a hard time in compiling all the cases I had for Board Exam application.

Anyway, to make a long story short, my journey continues after grad. Review, Board Exam, Intravenous Training, Red Cross, and other stuff needed before applying in a hospital.

It took lots of time, money, effort and yes, energy.

But it’s all worth it when I started working (as in working in a real world). Earning real money and not for good grades.

Everything seems perfect and I can say that I can really feel the fulfillment every time my patient is healed and may go home.

The hospital I am working is a bit far from our home. So 8 hours of duty plus an hour of endorsement (before and after shift), plus rounds, an hour or two for transportation. That’ll give you almost 12 hours. (socialization not included)

Shifting schedule started to become uncomfortable to me as it took my “Sunday” time in the ministry and attending church. I started to re-evaluate my priority so as my heart’s desire. I really wanted to help people in my job, but I also wanted to miniter and to be ministered as well.

A time of intense difficulty in my career as a Nurse came. I had a problem with my co-worker that led to improper endorsement of medicine (I will not go into details, but this can be a reason if things got worse – to lose my license). It took away my joy. I lose my purpose why I was there. Discontentment follows.

After experiencing a 3-month delay in salary, and “alone” duty on pediatric ward handling 6 patients. I cried. Feel like giving up. But seeing the kids in the ward encouraged me to love the profession all the more. To just care. The TLC (tender loving care).

To help without asking anything in return.

Regardless how you feel. Painstaking.

That’s why they say,

Nursing is more than just a career – it’s a calling

Calling is a deep desire to devote oneself to serving people according to the high values of the task or profession.

Why I Gave Up The Job I Love

I realize it’s not the profession I’m tired of, but rather my nursing shift, some people, and  perhaps, the area of practice.

And obviously, there’s really something wrong with the system, compensation and the hiring process. (The number of nurses and the number of patient being served)

It’s not enough to sugar coat the nursing career in the Philippines. Passion and compassion is not enough – let’s face it! Not enough motivation. Nurses are so busy and totally disillusioned trying to hold their heads above water and survive until the end of the shift.

I gave up the job I love, the job (I think) I am extremely good at… who knows if I shall return. If I do, I imagine it will only be if enormous improvements are made in the support and resources available to nurses.

I regret nothing becoming a Nurse

I am not encouraging  Nurses to quit, rather, love wherever they are right now.

Going back to MMK episode…

Fatima is a brave young woman willing to fight for what is right no matter how hard it was. Kudos for her wholehearted service. If you weren’t able to watch it, watch it here.  I hope that after that episode, our government will do something about the rotting Health Care Delivery System here in the Philippines.

 

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Thinking Out Loud

Thinking Out Loud

 

There’s a new song from Ed Sheeran’s X (Deluxe Edition) album that makes me “Kilig” (delightfully, giggly, giddy feeling) everytime I listen to it. I stumbled upon this song on Spotify and started to play it every so often. Like most of his other songs, it talks about his “love” for someone. He wants to grow old with this woman and he uses such romantic phrases to emphasize it.

As I ruminate the lyrics of the song, I want to own it, dedicate it to someone or, feel like it was dedicated to me. haha! Kidding!

The verses of the song describe how things will change throughout life. They will grow old. legs don’t work like they used to before… hair’s all but gone and my memory fades

They will become weak physically and their memories will eventually fade. But one thing is for sure, he is confident that she will still love him just the same.
When my hands don’t play the strings the same way
I know you will still love me the same

“Aging can be scary but growing old with your loved one is a blessing. “

Blessing – a wonderful gift from God. And Sharing your life with someone you love is indeed a blessing especially when God is involved in your relationship. As C.S. Lewis said, “Love that becomes a god, becomes a demon. Submit all your love, therefore, to the one that is Love.

And I’m thinking ’bout how people fall in love in mysterious ways
Maybe just the touch of a hand

And maybe it’s all part of a plan

They say falling in love is a magical experience. The circumstances under which people fall in love are so random and odd that sometimes you wonder if it is all planned. A simple change in someone’s day, like randomly deciding to take a walk, could mean that they meet the love of their life and change their world forever.

Yes, people fall in and out of love all the time, but that’s only because people believe that love is something to be found – a tangible thing that exists as an entity of its own. That it’s something that can be lost. This is such a sad definition of love.

“Falling in love maybe an accident, but staying in love is a decision”

Love is a decision. Choose to love and then refuse to let it slip away.

Well, me—I fall in love with you every single day
And I just wanna tell you I am.

This is just tooooooo sweeeeeeet. Please.

When he’s with this girl, he falls in love with her in all possible ways, not once in his life, but everyday he sees her.

“Love is not about how many days, months or years you’ve been together. Love is about how much you love each other EVERYDAY. -unknown”

One of my favorite lines is ‘Cause honey your soul could never grow old, it’s evergreen

Comparing her soul to “evergreen” was really touching. It’s like saying her soul is always going to be beautiful in his eyes… always. *blush*

And baby, your smile’s forever in my mind and memory
And I’m thinking about how

Referring back to the first line of the verse, even when Ed is losing his memory, he won’t forget even the smallest details about his girl.

And maybe we found love right where we are

Ed has found love in his imagination as he is hoping to have a relationship with a girl.

What are your thoughts about the song?

Anyway, here’s the full lyrics of the song. Enjoy 😉

“Thinking Out Loud”

When your legs don’t work like they used to before
And I can’t sweep you off of your feet
Will your mouth still remember the taste of my love?
Will your eyes still smile from your cheeks?And, darling, I will be loving you ’til we’re 70
And, baby, my heart could still fall as hard at 23
And I’m thinking ’bout how people fall in love in mysterious ways
Maybe just the touch of a hand
Well, me—I fall in love with you every single day
And I just wanna tell you I am

So honey now
Take me into your loving arms
Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars
Place your head on my beating heart
I’m thinking out loud
That maybe we found love right where we are

When my hair’s all but gone and my memory fades
And the crowds don’t remember my name
When my hands don’t play the strings the same way
I know you will still love me the same
‘Cause honey your soul could never grow old, it’s evergreen
And, baby, your smile’s forever in my mind and memory
I’m thinking ’bout how people fall in love in mysterious ways
Maybe it’s all part of a plan
Well, I’ll just keep on making the same mistakes
Hoping that you’ll understand

But, baby, now
Take me into your loving arms
Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars
Place your head on my beating heart
Thinking out loud
That maybe we found love right where we are

So, baby, now
Take me into your loving arms
Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars
Oh, darling, place your head on my beating heart
I’m thinking out loud
That maybe we found love right where we are
Oh, baby, we found love right where we are
And we found love right where we are

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Mommy

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There is nothing like a mom’s love – they do things selflessly.

Imagine carrying a life for 9 months, the pain of giving birth. A mother faces tremendous amount of pain which is equivalent to 20 bones getting fractured at the same time (yes, too painful to imagine!)

Only mothers can do it.

(This isn’t a mother’s day post but I just want to honor my Mom for being an awesome Mom)

I will never be too old to ask for my mom’s advice or a good night kiss and warm hugs. Hers is the purest form of love in this world. There is no match to it. My mom has a never ending supply of unconditional and irrevocable love. She remembers the date, the day and the moment when her children were born. The first day I succeeded in walking with my feet, the day I went to school and the first crush I had in school. All those things are engraved in her memories.

She knows if I’m okay or not. Whenever I’m sick, she always has the perfect medication for all. She knows the home remedies for the common colds and allergies and other infections. No matter what, she knows the secret of how to make me feel better.

Last week, I had a fever, cough and colds. More than the pharmacologic effect of taking antipyretic and antitusive drugs, my mom’s therapeutic touch helped me to get well. The incredible healing effect of a mother’s touch.

I wish I had that healing effect on her too – that she’ll feel better whenever she’s sick.

I’ve been doing  q10 minutes blood pressure monitoring for mommy since 4pm today. She’s experiencing on/off headache with a pain scale of 7/10 down to 5/10 now. She doesn’t have any difficulty in breathing (Thank God). Way back 2008, Mommy was diagnosed with Hypertension. That same year, she also had a mild stroke. I still remember how I felt when she was confined in the hospital. I felt sunken. I felt anxious. I felt scared. We all prayed for her, and by God’s grace she got better. From then on, I am always involved with her daily check-ups, maintenance medicine and her over all health and lifestyle (including diet modification and exercise) again, by God’s grace, she’s always fine and any deviation on her LDL/HDL, Tryglicerides were corrected and/or close to normal.

I am a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and in our “Medical and Surgical Nursing” subject, my favorite topic is the Cardiovascular System, which I memorized and understood by heart. That time, it was so clear to me why I took that course – to take good care of mommy. But the con of it was that every symptom that is present in my mom is a fast-paced prognosis in my mind, which leads me to worrying. But the Bible never fails to remind me not to worry and only He can provide healing and restore good health.

1 Peter 5:7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. (NLT)

1Peter 2:24 He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed. (NLT)

God is ever faithful and always a great source of strength and finances we need. My Mom and Dad have health cards that cover their check-ups and even provide discounts for medicines. They are strong enough to perform daily activities and chores. They’re even actively participating in church activities including victory group and ministry.I thank God for sustaining Mom and also Dad.

Praying for immediate healing for mommy right now, I just don’t want to see her in pain or feeling any discomfort. If you’re reading this, please stand with me in prayer. Thank you. 🙂

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We’re Expecting A Baby!

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When’s the right time to tell others that you’re pregnant? Do you really have to wait until second trimester? What if I am too excited and I just can’t help it? I want everyone else to know that we’re having a new member in the family!

Disclaimer: Just in case you’re not going to finish reading my blog post, please don’t gossip. I am not pregnant. Haha!

Before the end of September, I received a message on our family group chat in Viber – a picture which read, “Pregnancy Uterine 6 weeks and 1 day” sent by my sister-in-law.  My current brother is going to be a future father which will make him a brother father! ISN’T IT NICE? I am so happy! I could already picture myself holding that cute small baby child, taking care of my first pamangkin. (Oh, the happiness of being an aunt…. can you feel it?)

So, will Tita Ninang Aubrey be spoiling the baby? Yes! I’ll be buying loads of gifts. I honestly can’t wait.

I totally struggled to keep it a secret (I don’t even know if this is a secret…) shouting it from the rooftops is a more accurate way to put it. I just want to share my overflowing joy for my brother, Kuya Jeff and his wife, Ate Kath.

While counting and waiting for the next 8 months, stand with us in praying for my sister-in-law. That she’ll have a safe pregnancy and an uncomplicated delivery and of course, a normal healthy awesome, amazing, adorable baby child.

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Nica

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She’s our furry baby in the office. She has the most adorable and sweetest way of greeting us every morning. Her tail is wagging and her excitement is contagious. She is very smart! She can do lots of tricks that will entertain you and will give you enough reason to give her a treat, or at least, a good rub on her belly.

I can still remember the first time I saw her. Kevin (her owner/father) bought her and I went with him at Festival Mall. She was so small, and cute (of course!), her eyes is so expressive – it seems like she has a lot to say. From then on, going to the office is extra special because Nica is there. 😉 Having a dog in the workplace increased morale and productivity. She became a stress reliever for most of us – a living “stress ball”, she naturally alleviate stress.

Nica also helps build camaraderie in the office. It is an inherent advantage of having a pet to gather around (especially when she has new tricks and we’re watching at her). She has the positive vibe that facilitates conversation among co-workers too.

I also love how Nica is being so affectionate. That makes her a man’s bestfriend and a favored companion. Lately, I find myself getting a lot of comfort from her. I have been comforted by her presence, just looking at her helps me feel better. I love cuddling her. Cuddling is not something that you can teach, but it is instinctual. I like the feeling when she’s resting her jaw on my shoulder and receives all the “gigil” I have for her.

Study says dogs increases our “happy-hormone” (I couldn’t agree more). I have read one article in the internet which says, Oxytocin Increases When Your Dog Looks at You.  Oxytocin is the hormone that increases when we kiss or hug a loved one. It is also the same hormone that is present when you are “breast-feeding” that creates a mother-baby bonding. So, you aren’t really crazy when you’re thinking that your pet is your baby. 🙂 The bond is woven from the same stuff anyway.

I have my own “babies” / dogs at home. Tasha and Esau, and our guard dog, Dondy. I love all of them! It’s just that, I happened to spend most of my time at work – with Nica and she has that “extraordinary” sweetness. Disclaimer: I have no favoritism 😛

Both canines and humans can be trained to coexist in a workspace that nurtures productivity and creativity and at the same time – love. Agree?

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Piano Teacher

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A couple of years ago, I started teaching piano to the two girls I have met in our local church (ages 12 and 14). I don’t have any syllabus or fixed curriculum that time and completely relying on the lessons from Youtube and the book I’m using (obviously, it wasn’t formal).

Let’s say I’m just encouraged by their enthusiasm and interest on how to play piano. And on the other hand, I really enjoyed teaching. I feel accomplished whenever there’s an opportunity to share something to someone (especially on the younger generation). I believe that teaching is one way to pass on the baton. It is so fulfilling when you see your students growing in their craft, growing in the things you have taught them.

Teaching piano is not that easy, nor too complicated. It begins with learning, playing, and knowing.

As they say “You cannot give what you do not have,” same thing, you cannot teach what you do not know.

Next is loving the piano and the music it can produce.

Love it. What makes it more enjoyable is that you love what you’re doing. Put your heart into it, and for sure you will excel on it.

No, I’m not going to enumerate the things you need to know to become a good piano teacher. I just wanted to share on this blog post how the door opened once again for me to become a piano teacher, and what it taught me.

I got a text message from one of our worship leaders if I wanted to teach piano/ keyboard, I said yes! It surprisingly became my part-time job (which I never planned nor expected to earn from it). My student’s mom insisted that I should be paid for it, because I am investing my time to teach her daughter (I am deeply touched) and who doesn’t want to earn anyway? :p

It’s also another avenue for me to reach out to my student. I am extending another hour to introduce Jesus in our One2One session (she’ll join the next Victory Weekend!! Praise God!).

My career as a piano teacher doesn’t end there. I brought my keyboard at the office to do some song covers with my friends and also to teach them how to play it.

I am so happy to see them playing. Most of them really learned so fast.

What I learned.

1. Every student is serious enough about learning the piano. The moment a person takes action towards learning, he is being exectant, he’s looking forward what he’ll learn at the end of the day. That’s why I prepare my lesson in a syllabus that has a goal every meeting.

2. Every student needs the same basic knowledge about the piano but not every students will respond the same and, even more, every student needs to follow their own musical desires and learn at their own pace. Indeed, the pace of learning varies from every single person.

3. Teaching forces you to communicate your thoughts. Teaching piano will never be more effective than your ability to make others comprehend them.

Teach. It’s not just good for those you help; it’s good for you, too.

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Change this Heart Oh God

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While I was listening to Sidewalk Prophet’s Change this Heart, so many thoughts came my mind. I was really moved by the line “without you I am nothing but a weak and dying man” and it brought me to these four simple truths about our walk with the Lord.

1. We often take God out of the picture – When we’re facing problems and difficulties in life, we tend to rely on our own strength instead of God’s. We tend to work it out on our own without seeking God and the help from other believers. What we fail to see is that the more you think it’s hard to escape, the more we should be closer to God.

“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him”. – James 1:12

2. When your relationship with the Lord is not Ok, it will Reflect in your Life – There are so many factors in our life that can get affected when there’s a problem with our walk with the Lord . Small decisions lead to mistakes, mistakes lead to sin and sin leads to an unrepentant heart.  We easily distracted, annoyed, impatient, stressed out and we lose self-control. Even our relationships with the people around us get affected and our priorities in life suddenly become meaningless.

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind”. – James 1:2-8

3. We no longer put importance in our priorities – All of us, consciously or unconsciously, have priorities. Our priorities affect the way we think or act. They determine the direction of our lives. But if God is not our main priority anymore, then you know that something’s wrong with the way we think or act. A person who puts God down their list of priorities is a person with a crowded mind. He never thinks of the circumstances of his/her decisions and the results of his/her actions. Once we put God at the top of our priorities, everything will follow.

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you”. – Matthew 6:33

4. We miss God’s blessings because of our own hard headedness – When we think of God’s blessings, we often think of the tangible things. What we don’t see is blessings are more valuable if we think that God alone is the ultimate blessing you can have. The sweetest moments are those when we are intimate with him, when we can hold on to the hope that can only be found through God, when we have a peaceful mind and experience the unspeakable and overflowing joy because of God.  But we miss all of these because of our stoned heart.  We become unfaithful and we struggle to drive our own life. We remove God from the picture without even knowing that this is the worst decision we can ever make. We need to remember that God alone is our only hope and in Him we can find true happiness that can never be found anywhere else.

“In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him”. – Ecclesiastes 7:14

As we mature in faith, we realize how insignificant we are. How small we are compared to our God, yet His love towards us is vast and incomparable.  Just like what the song says “without God, we are nothing but a weak and dying man”. Pray that God will change your heart. I pray the same prayer with you. I don’t know what you’re facing right now but I know that God will never give you what you can’t bear. Keep the faith and let’s continue the race that God has already set before us.

Author Bio:

Robin Vinz Salvador is a freelance writer who enjoys challenging his creativity. He is an art enthusiast who pays close attention to details. He loves the photographic medium for expressing what he loves about life and all the creations of God. Know more about Vinz through his Life’s Testimony and The Reason why He Blog. Follow his amazing journey on twitter and google+

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Fall “FACEDOWN”

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“When we face up to the Glory of God, we find ourselves facedown in worship.” – Matt Redman.

Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. When I saw it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of one speaking. (Ezekiel 1:28) As we see God in His majesty, awesomeness, and holiness, we are humbled before Him. In the Scriptures in which man was privileged to view God in His glory, man was brought low or humbled in His presence. Ezekiel fell face down; Moses bowed to the ground and worshipped; Isaiah cried, “Woe is me!”;  John fell at His feet. Even the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders in heaven of Revelation fell down before the throne of the glorified Lamb. Falling facedown in worship is a real genuine reflection of an overwhelmed heart. Throughout the Scriptures, the Glory of God plays an important role upon making ordinary man be broken in spirit.   Matt Redman’s FACEDOWN Lyrics Welcomed in to the courts of the King I’ve been ushered in to Your presence Lord, I stand on Your merciful ground Yet with every step tread with reverence And I’ll fall facedown As Your glory shines around Yes, I’ll fall facedown As Your glory shines around Who is there in the heavens like You? And upon the earth, who’s Your equal? You are far above, You’re the highest of heights We are bowing down to exalt You So let Your glory shine around Let Your glory shine around King of glory, here be found King of glory

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The Language of Music

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“Ni hao ma? (How are you?) Wo hen hao, ni ne? (I’m good, how about you?)”

I admire those people who knows how to speak in other language (aside from English and Filipino) that only few people can understand.

Someone says, “To have another language is to possess a second soul.”

Language is the way you express yourself, your thoughts and views in life. Not only does everyone have a different perspective. When you know another language, you get a glimpse into how a different people think and live. That is a different vision of life. Your world opens up to include that other world. You understand “life beyond your own life, your own culture”.

Another famous quote, “One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.” – Frank Smith. Other language allows you to connect and meet new people or just simply express yourselves in a different way.

Same goes to music. It has its own language that only fellow musicians can understand. Yea, sure, we can talk about songs, artists, lyrics and the meaning of it. But I cannot talk about scaling, chords or notes. I cannot go to a technical side on how to play it – if the person I’m talking to – doesn’t play any instrument. (See the language barrier there?) It’s like you’re saying “Wǒ néng tīng dào nǐ, dàn wǒ wúfǎ lǐjiě nǐ” which translates “I can hear you but I can’t understand what you’re saying.” It’s half-baked. You will know how to say any mandarin words but can’t actually make a conversation with a Chinese people.

It’s like knowing the names of the chords/notes but can’t actually play it or the other way around. Notes and Chords aren’t just dots or palatable letters on the music sheets, they have relationship to each other. Music theory provides invaluable tools, a road map for each new musical journey.

If through language we can tell others our feelings, wants, and needs… Our songs, our melody, can tell why it was written and played that way. Granted, there are countless musicians who could move you to tears while still not being able to tell an Ab from a C#. What they lack in music-theory knowledge they make up for with feel, creativity, and intuition. Certainly, you can’t fault someone for that. However, there does seem to be a pervasive attitude of willful ignorance amongst many musicians, a fear-based laziness.

Language learning takes effort. It takes time. It is difficult. But with diligence, you can learn and progress. You’ll see the value. You’ll appreciate what the newly acquired language offers you. This spurs you on to make more progress towards fluency. Same thing applies in knowing the language of music, or MUSIC AS A LANGUAGE ITSELF. Learn your music theory, family chords, scaling, notes. It will help you develop your intellect, emotions, ideas and feelings.

 

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Going back to Blogging

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It’s been a year since my last post here in ardentmelody. I find it hard to blog regularly after some technical errors happened in my blog, oh well, I have a lot of reasons, but it’s not reasonable enough. Things just “slipped away”. One month turned into two months, three months and into a year. (This is normal, right? Is the same thing happening to you?)

But this time, it doesn’t matter how or why I orphaned my blog for so long. What matter is I want to go back. I hope it will not be really hard to go back to blogging after a long hiatus. To give some encouragement to myself, I take note 5 things that will motivate me into writing.

 

1. “Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” —William Wordsworth

I think the easiest part of continuing to blog is for me to be able to talk about my feelings. Sharing or writing my thoughts like what it says here. They say writing is partly art and partly skill. The art comes from within and I think that’s what I have right now, I hope skills will follow.

 

2. Be inspired and motivated.

One of the biggest barriers into blogging is that I may feel uninspired. I ran out of post ideas or hate those topics I already have—either way, something needs to change. To start feeling inspired about my blog again, I decided to put myself in situations where I think of my best ideas; like what I love to do and want to share with others.

The Bible has something to say about motivation. For one thing, our sense of motivation or inspiration comes from God, not from the things of the world. David spoke of his motivation in his psalms: “I desire to do Your will, O my God; Your law is within my heart” (Psalm 40:8). Being in the presence and glory of God is our true motivation.

 

3. Develop an eye for meaningful things.

I am on my #day93 of my #100happydays (note: 100 happy days is a challenge for all social media users to submit a picture everyday of what made them happy) This challenge help me to find something/someone that is making me happy everyday. Same thing goes into blogging, I think, frequently writing will give me an eye to look for meaningful things happening to me.  (AND sometimes the most meaningful things appear in the most mundane)

 

4. Improved Time-management skills.

One of the famous reason why some people aren’t blogging or writing is because of “busy schedule” and or “lack of time”. I myself is guilty of that. Now, guess what? I am still busy, however, I don’t want to let the investment in this blog go to waste. So I start to blog again, at least once a week. Not just because Sir Sean told me to do so. I want to do it also for myself, to make plans, include this in my schedule. I know this will lead to a healthier life habits.

 

5. Inspire others.

Inspiring people starts with one person: yourself. If you have the spark of inspiration, you can inspire others. That’s the key. – Thomas Barta

This will go back to my point number 2. To be inspired and motivated in order for me to inspire others.  It is my joy to inspire others to become a better thinker and better writer.

 

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