Sunday, September 26, 2004

Our Lance

Last sunday was family day & jof & I brought the whole household to the mall (whole household for us would include lola nilda, ate jermay & kuya ruel). After eating lunch, we brought the kids to Worlds of Fun & sure enough, they had loads of fun out of the simple rides and games. About an hour and several tokens later, we decided it was time to go, so we went out of the area. Lance was saying that he wanted to stay and play the basketball thing. Just so he would stop, I said we can't go back anymore because we don't have money left. I thought he was satisfied with my explanation but after a while, he asked for his wallet (he has one where he puts his coins for "taho" & ice cream that pass by the house). I gave it to him thinking that he just remembered it out of the blue. To my surprise, he opened it and gave me a 25 centavo coin and he was pulling me back to Worlds of Fun. At that moment I didn't know how i would feel. It was the realization that my son, age three, can fully comprehend things. When I said that we had no money left, he took it upon himself to give me his "taho" & ice cream money. Never mind that it was 25 centavos. It was enough for me to bring him back to Worlds of Fun & let him enjoy several more games of basketball.

"What children take from us, they give... We become people who feel more deeply, question more deeply, hurt more deeply, and love more deeply." - Sonia Taitz, O Magazine

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

5 days to go!

5 working days to go and I'm off from this 8-5 job that i've been doing for the past 5 years. It has definitely taught me a lot of things, patience being number one and more patience being number two (of course the technical ones follow). I've also met and made friends with a lot of people, which is good for me, having known only one family when I first set foot on this province. It took me a few months to decide on this and I'm glad i got over the mind boggling analysis on even the smallest details that will be affected with this decision. The day my resignation was officially approved, i was surprised to feel a tinge of loneliness. Strange as it may seem, i was probably starting to develop a comfort zone. Good thing that feeling did not take long before it went away. Thanks to my officemates who were very supportive and actually envious that i am leaving this not so comfortable "comfort zone". Funny how people in government service hold on to their jobs mainly because of the security of tenure when in fact you are not secured at all (financially that is). And every payday, people are challenged by how to stretch their salaries to cover their expenses which is double or even triple than what they get. Now that's what you call extra challenge! And its this same security of tenure thing that hinders them from exploring other opportunities where they can be more productive.

Anyhow, I decided that it was time to "explore" and move on. I shall be doing what my husband does best. Be in business, take risks, have the courage, and be in total control of my time, my finances and my family's future. Because as they say " No Guts, No Glory1".

"Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the things you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sail. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain, American Author


I know this one works for a lot of people, but let me see if it does for me....