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Are you still angry and bitter?

HE strong person is not the good wrestler. Rather, the strong person is the one who controls himself when he is angry” (Anonymous).

MY grandfather always cried “Nanay ko po!” whenever he suffered from some kind of physical pain. His mother was long dead, but he never failed to say “Nanay ko” when he needed comfort.

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What will be inculcated in the hearts and minds of children who grow up seeing the following? Blessings and privileges, even the simple pasalubongs, are equally divided. The house help is given the same kind of food that everybody eats (perhaps in larger quantities, because this person needs more energy). The needs and preferences of all family members are considered, even in planning meals and choosing travel destinations. No particular person is given all the considerations or gets the best part of the pie all the time. Everyone has a role or obligation – and an authority figure sees to it that it is carried out. Kind acts toward other people are encouraged, even if the recipients will not be able to return the favor.

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In game shows, a distinct buzzer sound is used to signify a wrong answer. In real life, there is no such sound to alert us when we say something wrong, hurting, and unfair. There’s a little voice deep inside us that tells us something is not right, but in many cases people refuse to listen to it.

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DO you communicate with your social media friends as much as you do with your real-life friends? Are you glued to your gadget when you are with your loved ones, thus making you “close” to online friends, but making the people who are actually with you and for you feel taken for granted? Is there a line that separates your virtual self from your private self? Which of the two really matters?

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IF you want women and girls to flourish and to avoid becoming victims of abuse, empower them! Help raise their self-esteem and see to it that you encourage them to become educated, healthy, and independent in different aspects. Teach them about boundaries and about asserting their rights as individuals. Teach them about developing their inner strength regardless of circumstances and regardless of people who stay or walk away. Teach them to become strong and appear strong.

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