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Month: January 2016

On Compassion and Distraction

Compassion builds on empathy, which in turn requires a focus on others. If self-absorbed, we simply do not notice other people; we can walk by utterly indifferent to their predicament. But once we notice them we can tune in, sense their feelings and needs, and act on our concern.

Moral sentiments drive from empathy, and moral reflections take thinking and focus. One cost of the frenetic stream of distractions we face today, some fear, is an erosion of empathy and compassion. The more distracted we are, the less we can exhibit attunement and caring.

– Daniel Goleman, Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence

Sabrina Ongkiko: Ateneo Graduate, Public School Teacher

Ang SuperEpic Stories ay isang bagong series dito sa aking blog. I will feature stories from characters from the Bible, from history, and in our present day that illustrates the ideas and concepts in the book: “May Powers Ka to Be #SuperEpic.”

Feel free to use this as part of your devotion or study at para na rin matulungan ka para maging mas mabuting leader. Share it with your friends, too.

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Ateneo Graduate Pero…

Kung graduate ka ng alin man sa mga big universities sa Pinas gaya ng UP, UST, Ateneo de Manila or La Salle, people generally expect you to pursue a career in the corporate world or doon sa mga prestigious at medyo mataas ang sahod na trabaho, like the BPO industry.

Pero kung Ateneo de Manila graduate ka tapos mag-aapply ka sa isang public school bilang isang teacher? A lot of people might question your sanity. Gaya ng nangyari kay Sabrina Ongkiko.

In a TedX event at the Ateneo de Manila University in 2013, she told the story of how and WHY she chose the road less traveled and applied as a public school teacher at Culiat Elementary School.

Sa isang banda weird nga siguro kasi ang hinahanap ng maraming malalaking companies sa Pilipinas ay mga graduates ng big universities: UP, UST, DLSU, at AdMU. [Source: Jobstreet via Inquirer.net].

Given a choice between a salary of P18,000 or P50,000, siempre, mas maraming pipili nung P50,000! Mahirap pulutin at ipunin yan no? Kung pipiliin mo yung P18,000, puwedeng sabihin sa iyo ng mga magulang at kaibigan mo: “Sayang ang pinag-aralan mo!’

Open Awareness, Creativity, & Daydreaming

Open awareness creates a mental platform for creative breakthroughs and unexpected insights. In open awareness we have no devil’s advocate, no cynicism or judgment–just utter receptivity to whatever floats into the mind.

But once we’ve hit upon a creative insight, we need to capture the prize by switching to a keen focus on how to apply it. Serendipity comes with openness to possibility, then homing in on putting it to use.

Life’s creative challenges rarely come in the form of well-formulated puzzles. Instead we often have to recognize the very need to find a creative solution in the first place. Chance, as Louis Pasteur put it, favors a prepared mind. Daydreaming incubates creative discovery.

– Daniel Goleman, Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence

Ayala: Traffic sa Fast Lane

After crossing the Guadalupe bridge, you’ll soon approach the intersection of EDSA and Ayala Avenue. If you turn left, you’ll go to the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, where a lot of big name companies hold their offices. If you turn right, you’ll find yourself in the middle of Ayala Avenue that serves as the main thoroughfare of the Makati Central Business District.

Either way, maraming nagtataasang buildings ang makikita mo, and on any given workday, maraming well-dressed yuppies ang naglalakad mula EDSA papunta sa mga offices nila. Nevermind the morning heat and the sweat, mas mabilis pa ring makakarating sa office if you walk.

Isa rin ang Ayala Avenue sa mga parts ng Metro Manila na hindi natutulog. Kahit gabing-gabi o madaling araw, maraming yuppies ang nag-uumpukan sa mga baba ng buildings for their coffee and yosi break. Several years back, nagtratrabaho ako sa isang Call Center sa PBCom Tower at nagkataong 4am ang umpisa ng shift ko. Pagdating sa Ayala corner Makati Avenue, may taxi na nakatigil dahil naka-red ang traffic light. Tumigil din yung taxi na sinasakyan ko. Noong nag-green na ang traffic light, umusad na kami. Iyong taxi na kasabay namin, nandoon pa rin at nakatigil. Apparently, nakatulog yung pasahero. Ang siste, pati driver nakatulog pala!

David: Fighting Giants

Ang SuperEpic Stories ay isang bagong series dito sa aking blog. I will feature stories from characters from the Bible, from history, and in our present day that illustrates the ideas and concepts in the book: “May Powers Ka to Be #SuperEpic.”

Feel free to share, use this as part of your devotion or study at para na rin matulungan ka para maging mas mabuting leader.
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Napag-utusan lang…

Bata pa si David noon. Bunso, at medyo hilaw pa sa karanasan. At kung tutuusin, parang napag-utusan lang siyang bumili ng suka. Kasi naman, his father Jesse asked him to bring bread to his brothers, who were serving as soldiers under Israel’s first king, Saul.

One day Jesse said to David, “Take this basket of roasted grain and these ten loaves of bread, and carry them quickly to your brothers. And give these ten cuts of cheese to their captain. See how your brothers are getting along, and bring back a report on how they are doing.” David’s brothers were with Saul and the Israelite army at the valley of Elah, fighting against the Philistines. (1 Samuel 17:17-19, NLT)

Boni-Guadalupe: Shifting Lanes

Kung dumaan ka sa Crossing Ibabaw, asahan mong luluwag nang bahagya ang traffic pagpasok mo ng Boni hanggang tumawid ka ng tulay sa may Guadalupe. But then again, it might not. Superepic level kasi lagi ang traffic sa EDSA tuwing rush hour. Nag-calculate nga minsan ang isang friend ko na nagbiyahe from Ortigas to Makati. Sabi niya, ang average speed niya ay 5 kilometers per hour. Imagine! Mas mabilis pa ako maglakad.

Because people are in a hurry to arrive at their destinations, they frequently change lanes sa EDSA, hoping na mas mabilis ang bagong lane na papasukan nila. Swerving ang tawag doon at puwede itong mag-cause ng mas matinding traffic, or worse, magdulot ito ng aksidente. Kaya nga ang six lanes ng EDSA madalas nagiging 8 lanes dahil sa galing sumingit ng maraming drivers.

Hindi lang sa lanes madalas mag-shift ang mga yuppies. A lot of yuppies also shift career several times. In worse cases, some yuppies can work for as much as 3-4 companies in a single year. Hindi ko alam naging collectibles na pala ang dami ng pinagtratrabahuan.

Karamihan sa mga parents natin at mga members ng previous generation, kung ano ang first job nila, doon na rin sila magreretire. That was the norm noong time nila. Sa atin, having a one-track career is the exception. It’s not uncommon to see long resumes of young professionals na nagpapakita ng apat na companies or more within the past four years or so.

Jay Jaboneta: SuperEpic Boats

Ang SuperEpic Stories ay isang bagong series dito sa aking blog. I will feature stories from characters from the Bible, from history, and in our present day that illustrates the ideas and concepts in the book: “May Powers Ka to Be #SuperEpic.”

Feel free to use this as part of your devotion or study at para na rin matulungan ka para maging mas mabuting leader. Share it with your friends, too.

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“What are you going to do about it?”

image credit; YellowBoatofHope.org
image credit; YellowBoatofHope.org

Iyan ang malaking tanong kay Jay Jaboneta noong nag-post siya sa Facebook ng isang status tungkol sa mga bata sa Layag-layag na kailangang lumangoy at maglakad ng dalawang oras para lang pumasok.

It’s a simple question, right?

Marami rin naman tayong napapansin na mga problems and challenges around us. Kaya lang minsan, we become numb to these realities. And we tend to get distracted by our Facebook timeline, ng kung anong trending sa Twitter, at kung ano ang mga pansarili nating problema.

Naglipana rin ang mga tinatawag na “disaster porn” o di kaya “poverty porn” na nagpapakita kung gaano kahirap ang buhay ng ibang tao. And that if we only type “Amen” at i-share sa Facebook post na yun ay magiging okay na ang lahat.

Jay Jaboneta could have done that.

But no.

How Parents are Monitoring Teens’ Internet Usage

Every morning at work, I try to monitor my Twitter list of people and organizations working with young people. Through this, I have come across interesting research, trends, and articles on youth ministry and youth development work around the world.

The PEW Research Center came up with a new report on how parents are monitoring how teenagers use the Internet in the United States. Here are a few of their findings:

“A Pew Research Center survey of parents of 13- to 17-year-olds finds that today’s parents take a wide range of actions to monitor their teen’s online lives and to encourage their child to use technology in an appropriate and responsible manner.

Moreover, digital technology has become so central to teens’ lives that a significant share of parents now employ a new tool to enforce family rules: “digitally grounding” misbehaving kids. Some 65% of parents have taken their teen’s cellphone or internet privileges away as a punishment.

But restrictions to screen time are not always consequences of bad behavior, parents often have rules in place about how often and when their teen can go online. Some 55% of parents say they limit the amount of time or times of day their teen can be online.”

The report also includes an Infographic of some statistics:

Ortigas: Relihiyon, Rebolusyon

On any given day, sobrang traffic mula sa Kamuning Flyover hanggang paglampas mo ng Cubao. But it eases up a little bit pagdating mo ng Ortigas. Marami na kasing mga sasakyan ang sasampa sa flyover, either to go to the Ortigas Business District, or magpatuloy Southbound EDSA. But as you travel through this part of EDSA, you can never miss the imposing statue of Virgin Mary on the left. May chapel din sa ilalim ng statue. Ito na yata ang Northern marker ng Ortigas Business District. Nasa likod lang ng statue ang Galleria, malapit lang din ang Megamall, at napakaraming buildings na nagsisilbing opisina ng mga top multinational and local corporations.