Saturday, October 20, 2012

Good Morning!

During one of our meet and greet with our new project members, our team lead asked us to introduce ourselves briefly and tell one misconception about ourselves. I remember telling them that one misconception about me is being a snobbish because I rarely smile and look to people.

Last Sunday I had a good opportunity to improve and practice on it, by serving  in the Ushering ministry in our church. 

Since this is my first time to volunteer in CCF Singapore, here are some of the apprehensions playing in my head. How should I smile and greet person I barely know? What if the person didn't respond or smile back? Isn't it awkward repeating a line over and over again just like a pirated CD, only this time its not a song but a greeting - Good morning!   

If there's something I take home that day... 

Smile is contagious. Once you welcome people with a genuine smile in your face it's unlikely that they will not smile back. And even if they don't, you're creating a positive energy around you spreading it to eternity affecting other souls, developing a grateful heart and an expectant outlook.

Smile to your colleague in the lobby.
Smile to that random person in the elevator.
Smile as you wake up each morning with renewed strength.
Smile as you pass by your neighbor going to work.
Smile as the illuminating rays of Mr. Sun touches your face.
Smile to that security guard faithfully doing his job in MRT.
Smile to the birds that wakes you up chirping.
Smile as you sing and dance to that praise song.

Smile to Mr. Bus driver who takes you to your destination safely.
Smile to that cute innocent baby, its probably one of the few gestures he may understand at the moment.
Smile as the day ends and you can now go home to rest.
Smile even if your tasks are weighing you down.
Smile when you speak to others in your mobile phone.
Smile as the wind breeze brushes your hair whenever you run.
Smile as you sip that hot coffee that will jump start your day.

Smile not just for others but for yourself.   
“It takes twenty-six muscles to smile and sixty-two muscles to frown.”
So why make it hard on yourself? Show some teeth and flash that beautiful smile.

You can never go wrong smiling.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Reasons Why I Write

I write because I'd like to believe I have the answer. I write because I want to prove, 'hey I could scribble some words too.' I write because I want to make myself visible in the world wide web. I write because it encourages me to see other people cast comment on my posts. I write because I envy other writers who strings the perfect words into sentences effortlessly. I write because I love seeing my blog hits increase everyday. I write because I love the idea that people reads my stuff. I write because its nearing month end and there is not yet a single post in my blog for that month. I write because I want to impress people. 

More often if I make these as my motivation to write, frustration gets into me. Overwhelming me. Then writing becomes more of an obligation. Just a deadline I need to meet. Suddenly ideas grow into elusive dreams. Words become limited.   

Good thing there are two sides of the same coin. I chose to anchor my drive to write in the other side of the spectrum.

I write because I am grateful. I write because I felt so much blessed and I want to share that blessing to others. I write because I love staring in the white screen. I write because something bad happened to me, I want to warn and inform. I write because I want to encourage. I write because I love to hear the tick of the keyboard as I type. I write because its my me-time moment. I write because I don't want to forget. I write because I want to express myself. I write because I am pretty bad in vocabulary and writing obliges me to check for new words and its meaning.

I write because I want to present my ideas however lousy it is. I write because I want to influence for the better good. I write because I want to inspire, more than expressing my rants and grudges. I write because I cannot contain the joy I have inside that I need to release it someway, somehow. I write because I want to contribute. I write because I relish the moments when my mind wander. I write because I felt loved. I write because I want to communicate. I write because I've got so many questions and tries to find ways for solutions. I write because I believe in the power of words, how it moves people. I write not just to be heard but also to listen.

There would be too many reasons why I write. Too many drive to keep me writing. But if there's one point I want to share that for me is the best catalyst of effective writing. 

Five words. Just write your heart out!

Why should you believe me? 

Two words. It works!