Posts Tagged ‘thoughts’

Somebody asked me today, “If you were an animal, what would you be?” I snapped the question with the answer: “At this point of my life, I am so eager to be an eagle.” If you know the story about The Life of an Eagle, you’ll get the idea as to why I chose this creature.

Contemplating the recounted claims about the eagle’s life, I would say that the constructed facts about an eagle have been presented in a sensational manner considering the ornithological depictions of it. Perhaps, the story might have been conceived with a premeditated idea or reference to the mythical phoenix. Nevertheless, the story can teach us lessons of survival and change.


The Eagle has the longest life-span of its species. It can live up to 70 years. But to reach this age, the eagle must make a hard decision.

In its 40th year its long and flexible talons can no longer grab prey which serves as food. Its long and sharp beak becomes bent. It’s old-aged and heavy wings, due to their thick feathers, stick to its chest and make it difficult to fly.

Then, the eagle is left with only two options: DIE or go through a painful process of CHANGE which lasts 150 days. The process requires that the eagle fly to a mountain top and sit on its nest. There the eagle knocks its beak against a rock until it plucks it out.

Then the eagle will wait for a new beak to grow back and then it will pluck out its talons. When its new talons grow back, the eagle starts plucking its old-aged feathers.

And after 5 months, the eagle takes its famous flight of rebirth and lives for 30 more years.

Why is change needed? Many times, in order to survive we have to start a change process. We sometimes need to get rid of old memories, habits and other past traditions. Only freed from past burdens, can we take advantage of the present.


On the Wings of Change

And why the eagerness to emerge as an eagle? As for me, well, I ought to embrace change. We all do at some point in time. Even the most erudite CEOs and leaders in the business world need to create change by taking risks. When you complain a lot about how your life or your business has been in a deep rut, yet you never open your eyes to the reality that it’s going to take a painful and radical process to change, then don’t expect for any change at all.

Your circumstance will become more dire than ever if you just allow yourself to feed on negativity and narrow-mindedness.

When your willpower draws near to its lowest ebb, that’s the moment when you must let your momentum go full speed ahead.





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release your inhibitions...

release your inhibitions...

Embrace your inner eccentric and try not to edit yourself — so what if you raise a few eyebrows, or provoke people into wondering what’s up with you? Their opinions matter less than the freedom you will feel by doing what you want to do in the way you want to do it! Trying to fit in with the status quo all the time is not only exhausting, it limits your creativity! So let your freak flag fly — ignore propriety and you are likely to inspire a few of your more adventurous friends to join you.

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C'mon Cinnamon!

C'mon Cinnamon!

Most of us perhaps have asked our parents about the meaning or origin of our names. Some of us are named after our parents’ favorite celebrities, famous or great people in the history, after our grandfather or grandmother, the blending of our father’s-mother’s names, etc. But still most people have a fuzzy idea what their own names mean. Why? Because some parents just name their children for the sake of ‘namesake’.

I was having a conversation with two of my former classmates (Randy and Julia) the other day when Randy said “Please do me a favor…just call me ‘R’. I never liked my name.” Julia snaply said “I don’t like my name either.”

RANDY: Well, in England when somebody calls you ‘randy’, you are regarded as ‘sexually aroused or horny’ human being. Can you imagine being laughed at when you introduce yourself with that name? My parents just picked a name that they like and stuck me with it. They didn’t even bother to look it up in a dictionary. Oh how I wish they had consulted just one dictionary, any dictionary. But no!

My casual remark… You were just a babe in arms. How could they consult you if you couldn’t even say ‘mama’?

JULIA: I hate my name, even as a little kid. My parents could’ve at least named me “Julie.” They even have to phonate it ‘Jul-yah’. It sounds dull and stuffy.

My casual remark… Consider yourself lucky for not having the surname “Gulia”. Try greeting somebody- “Hi! I’m Julia Gulia.” This actually reminds me of the Wedding Singer (Drew Barrymore kept parroting “Hi! I’m Julia Gulia… Hi! My name is Julia Gulia.”)

With all these name nitpickings, I encourage every parent to check the meaning of your favorite name in several languages before inflicting that on your child. You don’t wanna be nagged by your kids while they grumble “What were my parents thinking when they named me?”

You don’t need to take up onomastics to learn the different etymologies of names. I’ve learned a thousand of names and their meanings from Mike Campbell’s names database at Behindthename.com. Search for your name!

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Lately I’ve been feeling a bit different due to some obscure thoughts. The feeling of helplessness made me feel like I’m struggling to get out of the quicksand. I asked myself, ‘Why am I feeling this way?’ It’s because I’m brimming with goals and dreams. My expectations towards myself are just too high that I get disappointed when I don’t get things my way.

There’s also this voice that keeps scolding me and echoing within me, ‘Yeah, you have your goals, but are you helping yourself to bring them to fruition?’ This self- conversation didn’t stop until I took in the fact that I’m not really doing my best to actualize my goals. I seem and sound to be wise when I write or talk about ‘Ways to Fulfill Your Goals’ but didn’t I realize I was actually talking about myself?

I’ve got to try to take some time to determine what my true goals and priorities really are. Then I have to be ready to give them everything I’ve got. I just need to remind myself to keep my goals very clear and never let myself be deterred by any opposition right now. I’ve been licking the lollipop of mediocrity for too long and it is no longer excellent to my taste bud or to my eyes. Enough is enough. It’s time for me to fuel up.

Mediocrity sucks

Mediocrity sucks

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