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“THE last two minutes was brought to you by….” Just two minutes, but so many things can happen in a basketball game. The opponent might score a crucial three-point shot, or succeed in all-important free throw attempts. Depending on the teams’ scores, each could be enough to clinch a victory or to send a game to overtime – in just two minutes.

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ONCE upon a time, there was a person who saw your potential and encouraged you to do what you are doing now – perhaps a parent, a neighbor, a former teacher, a friend, a colleague, a former boss, or maybe even a prominent person in his/her field. It was not that this person was the only one who saw your talent. It was just that he or she cared enough to let you know what you are capable of achieving – and more! “Sometimes all you need is just for somebody to believe in you in order to be able to accomplish maybe what you never thought you could” (Drew Brees).

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Empower PWDs!

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HAVE you received a greeting card with an artwork made by a foot and mouth painter? I was so impressed when I got one, a UNICEF card, from a former student. It’s not that the design was exceptional that gave me a lasting impression. It was not the thoughtfulness of my student although I really appreciated the gesture. (It was an everyday card – there was no special occasion.) What I found striking was the realization that many strong and able citizens wasted their lives doing nothing while there were people without arms and legs who were simply unstoppable!

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I HAVE heard only two persons who remarked, “Bakit ako magpapakahirap?” (“Bakit ako magtitiyaga?”) Why not? There’s dignity in labor. Proverbs 6:6 says: “Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise!”

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Avoid envy

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HAVE you seen an envious person who is happy? Envious people are never genuinely happy. If they look happy, they just fake it. They are not contented with their own blessings. They are bitter when someone they know is enjoying a good fortune, a happy personal life, a successful career, good health, and great friendships. Never expect them to rejoice with you. They just can’t – and they won’t admit it. Their lives are unhappy and unfulfilled that they feel uncomfortable and inferior when an aspect of your life sparkles. They feel the need to dull your shine, so they are quick to dish out a few hurting comments.

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Love yourself

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“You have to love yourself. That’s the single, powerful thing. Out of that springs: How are you eating? How are you exercising? How are you resting?” (Nia Peeples) May I add: How are you choosing your relationships? What activities and hobbies take up so much of your time and resources? How are you improving yourself?

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