"a caterpillar doesn't just grow into a butterfly. a caterpillar must undergo metamorphosis, and a cocoon is where a caterpillar risks it all: enters total chaos, undergoes total rebuilding, and is born to a new way of living. only in taking the risk of entering that inert cocoon can the caterpillar go from dormancy to potency, from ugliness to beauty."

Thursday, May 21, 2009

a gift named prayer

in times of vulnerability, seek Him.

may you always find abundance and protection in His grace.

may you find the audience of His earth angels
in times when you need attention.

may your troubles tremble in His presence
when you are in no shape to fight back.

may He do your battles for you when you call
and even when you don't.

when you are down and reduced to crying,
may He pick you up and give you a comforting pat.

in times when you're feeling you're about to hit rock bottom,
may sad memories loosen their clout and give you up
so the happy ones He already laid on your path will redeem you.
there is no hitting rock bottom for people who fully understand what happiness is.

in times of shaking, may you be unshakable.
keep the faith. He has your riches.

may you always honor that He planted the best in you.
mediocrity is not His mark, excellence is.

may you find yourself always in the crowd of champions.
may you be inspired unceasingly.

in everything you do, may excellence be your standard
not for anything else but for His glory.

may you make His will your will --
it's never meant to be the other way around
or any other way, for that matter.

may the biggest and grandest room in your heart be for Him,
put Him first and He will honor you.

when He honors,
there are no hell days nor boring days.
there is prosperity and a life lived effortlessly.

may He always honor you.

may His favors always overtake you
so you will never ever find yourself in want.

may you always be tuned,
let Him work on every aspect of your life.

allow Him His ways in you and He will fill your cup.

may you grow in strength each day
and may you live immensely blessed 'til the end of your days.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

DISC Me: High D and High C Personality

"When you stop growing, you start aging."

In my quest to better understand myself and to keep growing as a person, I dig opportunities that allow me to assess my personality better. One of these opportunities is the DISC.

DISC is a four quadrant behavioral model based on the work of William Moulton Marston. It explores people's behavioral style based on personality and situations. DISC stands for

D (Dominance)
I (Influence)
S (Steadiness)
C (Conscientiousness)

When I first took the test for DISC mapping last year as part of our company's strategic planning workshop, I ended up being categorized under "I". Our Chief Technology Officer, who happens to be a "High C" person and who also happens to be one of those people that I report to, questioned this result and told me that I was definitely not an "I". I agreed with him. Even I was wondering why I got "I"!

I'm a High D and High C kind of person. This is confirmed by the test results of the DISC mapping exercise we had today.

Just so you know, these are what define the D. I. S. C. personalities:

Dominance: relating to control, power, and assertiveness. direct and decisive. independent. results driven. strong-willed people who enjoy challenges. problem solver. demanding. forceful. egocentric. driving. determined. ambitious. aggressive. pioneering. high ego strength. risk taker. self starter. bottom-line organizer. challenges the status quo. innovative. weaknesses: tendency to overstep authority, argumentative attitude, dislikes routine, attempts too much at once. fears being taken advantage of. motivated by: new challenges, power and authority to take risks and make decisions, freedom from routine and mundane tasks, and changing environments in which to work and play. ideal environment: innovative focus on future, non-routine challenging tasks and activities, projects that produce tangible results, freedom from controls and supervision.

Influence: relating to social situations and communication. outgoing and optimistic. enthusiastic. trusting. persuasive. talkative. impulsive. emotional. convincing. magnetic. political. warm. demonstrative. great encourager. motivator. negotiates conflicts. peacemaker. weaknesses: concerned with popularity than tangible results, inattentive to detail, tendency to overuse gestures and facial expressions, and tendency to listen only when it is convenient. fears rejection. motivated by flattery, praise, popularity, and acceptance. ideal environment: practical procedures, few conflicts and arguments, forum to express ideas, group activities in professional and social environments.

Steadiness: elating to patience, persistence, and thoughtfulness. favors stability and status quo. team player. supportive. cooperative. helpful. calm. relaxed. patient. possessive. predictable. deliberate. stable. consistent. tends to be unemotional and poker-faced good listener. avoids change and conflict. reliable. dependable. empathetic. weaknesses: resists change, takes a long time to adjust to change, sensitive to criticism, tendency to have difficulty in establishing priorities. fears losing security. motivated by recognition for loyalty and dependability, safety and security. ideal environment: practical procedures and systems, stability and predictability, tasks that can be completed at one time, few conflicts and arguments, and a team atmosphere.

Conscientiousness: relating to structure and organization. cautious. focused on details and quality. careful. exacting. neat. systematic. diplomatic. accurate. analytical. fact-finder. precise. high standards. anchor of reality. even-tempered. thorough. defines situations. weaknesses: needs clear-cut boundaries for actions/relationships, bound by procedures and methods, gets bogged down in details, prefers not to verbalize feelings. fears criticism. motivated by standards of high quality, limited social interaction, detailed tasks, logical organization of information. ideal environment: tasks and projects that can be followed through to completion, specialized or technical tasks, practical work procedures and routines, few conflicts and arguments, instructions and reassurance that they are doing what is expected of them.


Thursday, May 07, 2009

love letter

because i have yet to acquire the patience to clean up somebody else's mess and i am very territorial..

i left that on my desk. i hope that come tomorrow morning my desk is just the way i left it.

p.s. i want patience, now na! hahahaha.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

deflated pride, yey!

last saturday, 2nd of may 2009, i blew my pride into a balloon and i managed to make my balloon so big -- i was afraid it would end up exploding in my face but it didn't and i was kinda disappointed. a huge part of me was actually relieved because it meant that i could take home the balloon with me. yey!

in a way i was proud of my "pride". i was able to effectively blow air into my balloon (which is why it grew so big, big, big) which means (1) i have healthy enough lungs, (2) i am good at blowing, and (3) i am good in keeping the air inside it.

one thing i realized during the duration of the exercise though was this: i would have saved myself the effort of puffing and puffing and from feeling the pain caused by the resisting balloon material on my fingers if i'd just simply given up on my pride and let the air out -- let things be, so to speak.

anyway, i brought home the balloon. i placed my "pride" on a strategic spot relative to where i sleep, so i could have a glimpse of it just before i close my eyes at night and see it as soon as i wake up in the mornings.

yesterday, 3rd of may 2009, i didn't notice a change in the size of the balloon. today, 4th of may, i woke up early and saw that the balloon has finally slightly deflated. tonight, just as i'm about to sleep, i'm glad to know that the balloon has already shrunk to the size of my palm. i'd like to think the same thing has happened to my pride since saturday.

deflate pride, deflate. i don't want you to be blocking any access to my blessings.

p.s. i'm thinking of inflating that balloon again -- just so i could have a concrete reminder that i should always root for curbing the manifestations of my "high" pride.

Friday, May 01, 2009

destination: mt. pinatubo

19th of april 2009 | sunday
mount pinatubo
tarlac | zambales philippines

through water, through land...and dust!

breathtaking sight of the crater lake


early morning meet-up in mcdo quezon ave. early morning arrival in capas, tarlac. 1.25-hour 4x4 ride. 45-min trek which we accomplished in about 30 minutes. awesome sight of the crater lake.

complete set of photos here: http://kulitjr3.multiply.com/photos/album/471/destination_mt._pinatubo

destination: sagada and the few hundred glimpses of it

april 9 to 11, 2009
another wow trip | this time, up north!

places hit: sabangan, bontoc, banga-an rice terraces, bomod-ok falls, lemon pie house, kiltepan viewpoint, sugong, lumiang to sumaguing cave connection, lake danum, yoghurt house, calvary hills, echo valley

super memorable adventures: 24-km hike to and fro bomod-ok falls (through banga-an rice terraces). topload riding (wet and rained on, as if the cold,cold temperature in sagada wasn't enough). 6.5 hours of death-defying spelunking. experiencing both sunrise and sunset of the same day. bonfire at the lake.


p.s. panis ang spelunking sa sagada kung sa sumaguing cave ka lang... go for the lumiang to sumaguing cave connection adventure and prove your worth. it's not for the faint-hearted. as a fellow adventurer in sagada puts it: sumaguing is for photo op. lumiang is for real spelunking ;-) i agree!

imagine scaling slimy huge, huge rocks without head gear, harness, carabines, and grips. safety officers would definitely give an "unsafe" callout. haha!

simply put, the difference between falling (and meeting a likely accident) and staying safe during the cave connection adventure is defined by this combo: trusting makeshift footholds will hold, reflexes, guide's know-how, following instructions, God's grace


photo sets related to this trip are posted here (click on the links):

i checked the map which i bought prior leaving sagada and i realized that there are still a lot of places there which i have yet to experience. hehe, i have reasons to go back!
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