Monday, November 30, 2015

We are Worth More than Many Sparrows

  Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Matthew 10: 30-31(NIV)


      Many things about life make us worry. We can not help worrying about our food tomorrow, the activities we need to attend or prepare,  the bills we must pay, the tasks we must finish, our children’s tuition…Our human nature causes us to think and be anxious about all these material necessities in our daily existence. We seem to live for tomorrow as if tomorrow does not end. Being human does not spare us from the cares of this world because we live in this world. For us to live through each day and to provide for ourselves and our families are inevitably indispensable.
       Moreover, we are bombarded each day with news headlines splashed with killings, bombings and numerous deaths with the likes of the terrorist attack experienced in Paris, France recently. The incident has gotten most of us to assume the French flag on our Facebook profiles to pay tribute to the country in its moment of grief. Our country too is not spared of these kinds of social and political unrest. The involvement of children in crimes and violence are utterly distressing. These developments in our society today have affected the way parents and guardians secure the safety of their children becoming too overprotective at times that they fail to recognize having stifled their children’s freedom.
       In all these occasions, we tend to ask if God sees from afar and if he does care at all? Too many injustices abound; many lives have been stricken by diseases and have ended the lives of others. The destructive forces present on this earth are borne of man’s greed, hatred and selfish motives. Sometimes, in our own trials and griefs, we no longer see clearly how we can still remain confident in God’s goodness and how He keeps us in His care. It is sometimes difficult for us to reconcile the fact that if our faith is tested, why with such severity? How we react to the situations in our daily lives reflect our human nature. And I believe that God Himself understands how we feel since He too became one of us and walked on this earth before us. He knew what it was like to live with the basic necessities of everyday living. He also knew how it was to suffer injustices for He too had experienced all these. He knew how it felt to go through the agony and the pain of death and of having to leave His beloved friends behind. We cannot say that God has forgotten us because He has taught us the very meaning of Love and Life through his examples and teachings. Jesus knew how it was like to plead before God which He did in the garden of Gethsemane but He also knew that His life on earth had a purpose and for this He had to submit to His Father. I thought this painful moment that Jesus illustrated should give us the greatest realization that we, like Jesus should learn to submit to the will of the Father in spite of our troubles, difficulties or pain. And although there are occurrences that are way beyond our minds to comprehend, we must learn to surrender and leave them all in God’s hands. We have to carry on. We have to remain steadfast. 

      We must know that our life on earth has a purpose and this purpose should be lived founded in God’s Love. God would not have breathed life on us if we were to live for no purpose at all. If God values the sparrows that are considered to be too common to be of lesser worth, how much more will God value you  “…that even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.(Matt.10:31)

Thursday, November 19, 2015


    Handling freelance workers with different cultures is integral to the decisions of companies and business individuals to outsource jobs. Unlike working face to face with employees, managing virtual freelance employees require a different approach to effectively articulate your goals and the various tasks that need to be accomplished. In this regard, employers have to possess flexibility and role adaptability to interact and understand their employees. 

      Initially upon hiring a virtual Filipino worker, the terms and conditions of the company are discussed if this applies and so with the salary and the terms and mode of payment. But after that how do both parties develop a dedicated communication system and effective arrangement of tasks? The extent to which employers and their Filipino employees build trust and a harmonious working relationship is based on the following conditions:

1.   After hiring a remote freelance Filipino worker, discuss your goals and the tasks that he would have to do including the time constraints, deadline or schedule. These will allow him to adjust his own personal time table to meet with his working schedule.

2.   If there are plans, layouts, designs and tools that need to be followed, orient them with these. Chances are they may not yet be familiar with the operation of some or most of the online management tools employed unless they have had previous experiences using them.

3.   Communicate frequently. It does not matter what channel of communication is used - email, Skype, phone, yahoo messenger, G-talk, etc. Constant communication is important to gather updates, clarify any questions and changes and to eliminate any forms of conflicts about the task and work schedule. Some Filipinos are not comfortable doing the initial call to inform or update their foreign employers. This is because Filipinos are basically shy. However, with continued encouragement and exposure, they will eventually establish their confidence and openness.  Communicating frequently with them cultivates a sense of warmth, commitment, solidarity, participation, belongingness and a feeling of being near despite the working distance.

4.    Involve them in the discussion of each stage of the process or work assignment. Filipino workers are very creative and hardworking. Ask them for suggestions or new ideas. This cooperative climate creates interpersonal trust, shared knowledge and opportunities for reinforcing skills and contributions beneficial to the employer and the virtual freelance Filipino worker.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Unveiling God’s Message For Us

      It was a rainy Saturday morning and I was supposed to get up early in answer to an invitation to a Jesus Encounter Seminar to be hosted by the ACTS Catholic Prayer Community. I came to learn later on that the community group's Spiritual Director happens to be Fr. Mario Sobrejuanite who presides over the  Sunday morning TV Mass at 9 o'clock on Solar TV. 

For the previous 5 days before this event, I was feeling quite hesitant to go not because I did not feel like it but because I had a lot of paper works to finish and a deadline to meet. So that very morning all the way to the breakfast table I was convincing myself to attend because I knew Mark was expecting me to go with him. I prepared myself and while on the road to St. Paul’s Seminary in Makati, I was praying to God to make this a meaningful day despite feeling less enthusiastic. I had no idea what can happen to me that day. As small rolled up papers were passed around, I took one and opened to see God’s word for me and it reads: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (John1:1). Upon reading the verse, surprisingly I knew it was God telling me through this personal message that from the beginning He knew how I felt, what I was thinking, what I wanted…what questions I have in my heart and He is telling me that He is going to answer all my questions…right here. Who’s to say my initially less enthusiastic attitude was turned to eagerness as the first speaker and the others that followed walked up the stage. Truly, God is an omniscient God. He speaks His message to us through people. We may never know them but God can direct their speeches to answer our questions or tell us His message. He can direct someone to speak what we needed to hear.
Many of us go through life’s trials and tribulations which leave us with much questions and speculations. If it was a good choice or a bad choice…if there was something more we could have done or have failed to do…if the experiences we have gone through were meant for a purpose…We fail to realize that we only need to give time to look deeper into our being in relation with God; to recognize our own weakness and inadequacies; and to listen - because God truly speaks. He reveals His message if we only allow Him to, it comes to pass in His own time, if we are open.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Flowers on your birth month: What they are and what they symbolize

      Flowers have a way of capturing the hearts of us all. Flowers are not meant only for ladies but for men as well. They mean so many things for the giver and the receiver. In almost every public and private occasion, flowers adorn the event …when we want to say something to someone we do it with flowers. Flowers truly are a big feature for every motive. So if you intend to give someone flowers but cannot decide which ones to give, why not give them flowers that identify with their birth months for a change. Roses have been the typical preference but if you know the language of flowers, there are hidden messages behind the kinds of flowers you give to someone or display on a special occasion.
CarnationCarnation – It comes in many attractive colors and each color has its own meaning.
Pink – affection
Red - I love you
White - pure love
Striped - regret that a love is not shared
Yellow - rejection or disappointment
Snowdrop – another January flower which was said to mean bad luck since it grows in graveyards. However, it is now considered to mean hope and beauty. 

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Violets - faithfulness, humility and chastity. They come in shades of blue, yellow, cream or mauve. This means that you will always be true to them.
Primrose – another February flower which lets someone you know that you can't live without them.

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Daffodil or Narcissus – also otherwise known as ‘Lent Lily’ because of its association with the Lenten season. It symbolizes rebirth, new beginnings, happiness, wealth and good fortune. Legend has it that daffodils must be given in a bunch and not as a single bloom because it foretells misfortune.

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Daisy -  innocence, loyal love, and purity
Sweet pea – another April flower which means blissful pleasure, but is also a means of saying good-bye. 

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Lily of the Valley – also known as the Flower of May. It symbolizes the return of happiness, purity of heart, sweetness, humility, happiness, love's good fortune and tears of the Virgin Mary. Giving these flowers to someone you love means you are saying, “You've made my life complete.” It is also believed that this flower protects gardens from evil spirits. 

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Rose – traditionally signifies love, passion, beauty and appreciation. Roses have a variety of colors and each has a different meaning. Click on this link for the different meaning of the rose colors

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Larkspur, Tulip or Water Lily are the flowers for this month.
Larkspur – these flowers are dolphin-shaped. It was called lark’s heel by Shakespeare. This flower indicates an open heart, feelings of ardent attachment, cheerfulness and lightness
Tulip – royalty, elegance and grace
                                    Water Lily – purity and majesty

Gladiolus – also the 40th wedding anniversary flower. It means strength, moral integrity and infatuation. When given as a bouquet it intends to say that the giver is filled with passion for the receiver.
Poppy – pleasure, consolation, fertility, wealth and success, beauty, magic and eternal life. 


Aster – an autumn flower that represents patience, love, daintiness and good luck. When given in a bouquet with complementing flowers as a gift to someone, it represents admiration and love. Asters were also thought to hold mystic powers of gaining affection and are used as love charms.
Morning glory – another September flower that symbolizes affection.

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Marigold – also called ‘Herb of the Sun.’ The flower symbolizes passion and creativity. For both Hinduism and Christianity, it is offered as a symbol of prosperity and success. It also symbolizes a trust in the divine and will to overcome obstacles.
Cosmos – another October flower symbolizing peace, serenity and order

Chrysanthemum FlowerNovember
Chrysanthemum – Aside from being the November birth flower, it is also the 13th wedding anniversary flower. In Asia the chrysanthemum represents life and rebirth. In Europe it signifies an expression of sympathy. Generally however, chrysanthemums represent compassion, cheerfulness, rest, loveliness, optimism, abundance, wealth, friendship and secret love.
Red chrysanthemum - a symbol of love
Yellow chrysanthemum blossom - signifies neglected love or sorrow
White chrysanthemum - a symbol of loyalty and devoted love

Holly or Poinsettia or Narcissus or Orchid are the December birth flowers.
Poinsettia - this December birth flower symbolizes success, good cheer and brings wishes of joy and celebration
Narcissus – demonstrates that you want your beloved to stay just the way they are
Holly – a flower associated with the Christmas season symbolizing good fortune and a wish for domestic happiness
Orchid - represents love and beauty. It also represents refinement and fertility

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