It has been a very long time since I wrote here in Definitely Filipino. I hope this article is a good one to serve as my return. It’s actually a previously published article that I placed onto my own blog site, and if you want to see it in its entirety, feel free to do so. I will just have snippets here.
If you have Facebook (who doesn’t), then they have a feature where you get to recap your biggest FB moments in 2013 (I guess that means your posts with the most likes and comments). I screen captured these status messages, and for this New Year, I will replace my traditional posts with these screen captured shots plus some commentary. Again, a few will just be shown. Visit my blog, www.lessonsofadad.com to see the entire article and then some.
This was taken during the many months when we didn’t have a helper. The kiddos then did a lot of chores on their own, and it was great. Unfortunately, none of us can really find the time to cook, and so we endeavored to get househelps again. I am a little embarrassed that after we succeeded in said endeavor, the kiddos go back to being a bit nonchalant when it comes to labor.
I hate that.
One of our weaknesses as a people is that we have this nanny/yaya culture that can sometimes get in the way of our development. We keep forgetting that helpers are there to help, not replace.
Surely, one of my goals in 2014 is to raise my kids to be less dependent on their helpers. I should revisit an old post about chores.
I very rarely rant on Facebook (here’s why). In fact, one friend told me that she loves reading my status messages because they’re so positive and inspiring. Aw shucks…
But when I do, it is because of something that really, really irked me, and our carelessness when it comes to trash is surely that. In fact, I am shocked that even uptown subdivisions can have trash lined up on plants and sidewalks. It’s so nasty to look at…and it speaks even worse of us as a people.
Please, if you have a wrapper, throw it in the trash. If you there are no trash cans nearby, then please keep it in your pocket until you find one. It’s that simple. Then, hopefully, we can level up to recycling as a city.
Oh how I wish we can do this.
Speaking of ranting, here’s another one…
Trash is not limited to what we dump on plants and sidewalks, it can also come out of our mouths. If you ask me this could be even worse because it speaks of something darker than neglect.
The Bible nails it by saying, “for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.” (Luke 6:45).
Jesus himself explains that “It’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth.” (Matthew 15:11)
I get shocked every time I walk into an internet café. It’s not only the older gamers who swear, but I even hear little kids as young as 6 or 7 dropping the expletives. Wow, where are their parents? Where are their churches?
What a great quote by one of today’s greatest authors and speakers. Indeed, it is so strange that some of us consider men who have several women in their arms as great lovers. Men like those don’t love women, they just love the pursuit of women and sex (and perhaps are enslaved by said pursuit). This quote nails it that true lovers of women love and respect womankind so much that “the man who loves one has loved them all.”
On this note, I also like this quote by one of the Hollywood heartthrobs of yesteryear: “A great lover is not someone who goes from woman to woman, any dog can do that.” – Paul Newman
Well, those are the snippets of the original file that I chose to share here, on Definitely Filipino. You can check out my blog, www.lessonsofadad.com for the original article. May you have a blessed 2014.
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