Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A closer look at the prism of love

This poem, of my original composition, aims to understand the condition of a love in its primitive form. But it’s also a hopeful attempt, on the other hand, at decoding the intricacies of one of the most powerful of emotions that, as one comes to fully comprehend of its very nature, will lead to go beyond the boundaries of what might be discovered. Love should emerge from the Light and Truth or otherwise it is not love yet.

Another way to fire those flares off from the cannons
Of your contemplative eyes would be a confused stream
Of the steady, the something that will come out from
Extreme angles asking me to look out: Through the glass

Sculpted in light in the drifting away of the moment--
Even with the mere act of keeping the important of our lives
Drift faster than the insignificant ones.
Can we not see where our visions fail?

Yet I’d rather be a window somebody would look out at.
Something in the chaotic state projecting enough light
To show the form that must emerge that will otherwise
Remain void, without pattern into these darknesses.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

7 things incompetent managers do as a habit

Competence in the workplace should be looked upon as the result of individual responses to the authoritative implementation of sustaining such a required performance by a superior. It is the work of a competent manager to understand the difference between workplace performance requirements and workplace competence. The best part of every management job is to manage well one’s own self first before acquiring the difficult task of managing people. And while the "performance" thing may pose a very tricky question, managers should be gauged not by personal output but rather in the way they motivate their people to attain a desired result.These are some of the things incompetent managers do as a habit: 

Working very long hours. They take delight, in an attempt to impress their subordinates, in projecting themselves as dedicated workaholics. They work long (sometimes unnecessary) hours and often had late nights and early mornings to keep busy with. A competent manager knows how to deliver exactly the tension between prioritizing a task and keeping things organized and focused. If they know how to manage themselves, working very long hours could be avoided.

Taking a task he or she had no core expertise with. Incompetent managers, more often than not, use displacement activity tactics to hide their incompetence. So instead of expecting them to deliver well of their duties, they will engage in smaller tasks to keep themselves preoccupied with. 

Underestimate the importance of effective marketing methods. Incompetent managers consider investing in effective marketing campaigns as a waste of money. To think that in disregarding such a marketing strategy is to save money is, actually and in fact, a mistaken belief. 

Insecure. Incompetent managers feel threatened whenever super-competent prospects surfaced. A competent manager must always have the confidence to accept the fact that some people are smarter than him or her and to appreciate for whatever positive things they can contribute.  

Too bookish. They think that by cleaving to the rule of book would give them the license to become the always-right-person who matters. Excessive love of procedure is, actually and in fact, a recipe for disaster because it often affords one to fail to prioritize things that need to be. 

Poor communicator. Incompetent managers are usually poor communicators. They don’t really seem to care what good communication is and, therefore, rejecting the influx of new thoughts and ideas that could have been formed and collected through proper interaction. A competent manager understands that good and effective communication is crucial to the success of all parties involved.

Inability to adapt. Incompetent managers are afraid of positive changes and they always find it very difficult to adapt to situations that require them to do something. It has been said that the key to success is the ability to adapt to any kind of situations. The same thing could be said as true for competent managers.

My conclusion:
A boss is a boss and the best way for subordinates to do in dealing with a superior of such a low caliber is narrowed down to these two options: Either you're willing to adapt or change a ship. Choosing to stay and adapt means taking the high road. So ride on it, ignore your boss's poor performance or bad behavior and focus on what drives you to be on top performance wise.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Christ’s resurrection: A victory over sin

If Christ has not been raised from the dead, the human salvation would have failed big time as well. The future of the human race will be in great jeopardy, and the earth will be forever filled with every evil thing imagined. Woe to the creation formed after the likeness of God for he will be doomed to extinction with nothing can even save him from.

But God cannot fail. The Christ would triumph, and he did. His resurrection is a victory over sin for anyone who believes and accepts him as a personal savior. Through him, the gap between the human and the divine has been bridged again just like way it used to be. The prophecy has been fulfilled in him, and through him.

Just imagine how it will be like to live without the assurance of a life after death. It will not make us any different and any better from any other form of animals, isn’t it? From birth you will grow up to undergo with such a process of making you become an adult. Upon reaching adulthood, you’ll then start counting days, months, or years until such time you close your eyes and give up the ghost. That’s how it’s going to be and that’s how it will end for our species. And it’s all because of sin. The disobedience committed by our first parents, Adam and Eve, in the Garden of Eden has formulated the sin that would fall upon the entire human race. It was, in fact, a curse by which to expose every human DNA to decay and death.

But God’s love for us is greater than we could possibly measure or imagine. He has given us his most precious gem, his only begotten son Jesus Christ, to do the job. Christ was the solution; the sacrificial lamb for reconciliation between man and God. Christ restored all that has been lost and broken; he was making all things new. He took up the human flesh, lived among us, died on the cross, and rose from the dead. His resurrection is a victory over sin.

Squid guisado con vegetables

Easter Sunday morning and I woke up very late. Last night was a grueling writing task which found me fighting against sleep, slept at dawn. How many cups of coffee, and tea I was able to empty out last night? I certainly cannot remember. But I was just too focus with what I’m doing I can’t seem to notice about the time or whatever else anymore.

So here I am, waking up when the sun’s already up there in the sky for several hours and my eyes can’t still seem to distinguish reality from the surreal. I need something to eat right now, I’m hungry. A beautiful smile beamed on my wife's face when I met her in the kitchen.

“I cooked you something nice today,” she said. “Really, well what is it?” I asked. "It’s just a squid I bought in the wet market this morning while you were still sleeping but I only added some vegetables to make it a little different,” she explained. “Oh thank you, let me see if it tastes good,” I replied.

Before I could say anything next, I wolfed down the food. “Definitely one of the bests I’ve ever had tasted for this kind of food,” I told her. I took my cellphone out from my pocket and took a good picture of the food. “I’m going to blog this one out,” I said, “but only when I'm done eating.” I’m going to call it Squid guisado con vegetables:

½ kilo fresh squid
1 chayote sliced into smaller pieces
2 eggplants sliced into smaller pieces
2 bitter melons (ampalaya) sliced into smaller pieces
4 okras sliced twice each
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, crushed
3 tablespoons olive oil
5 green chili peppers, sliced twice each
2 bell peppers, sliced twice each
2 tomatoes, sliced twice each
1 tablespoon honey
1 ½ tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon salt
1 cup water
Adding of monosodium glutamate seasoning is optional

How to cook
1. Clean the squids with water and cut them into smaller slices or you could cut them also into rings. Put them on a separate plate.
2. Pour down olive oil on a large skillet over medium heat fire. Fry garlic and onion until becoming golden brown in color.
3. Put the sliced squids and cook for 3 minutes.
4. Add 1 cup water and allow it to reach boiling point. Then add the salt, seasoning, soy sauce, and honey together into the mix.
5. Add the sliced vegetables okra, chayote, eggplant, and bitter melons. Stir for 3 minutes.
6. Add tomato, bell pepper, and green chili pepper. Simmer for another minute.
7. Transfer in a large glass bowl and serve.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

5 things I’d like to know about Jesus’s unknown years on earth

The Holy Bible has left us with something to keep guessing about the unknown years in the life of Jesus Christ on earth. These were the years spent between Christ’s adolescence until the time he started his ministry at the age of 30. How could this very long span of years of one of the most important figures in history went by unwritten? The following are 5 of the things I’d like to know about Jesus’s unknown years on earth:

Did he ever get a crush on someone of the opposite sex?
Infatuation is something like all normal people would experience. Jesus may probably be experiencing just the same as well, or what do you think?

Did he ever make pilgrimages to foreign lands?
Some people were suggesting that Jesus may have been making pilgrimages outside his country and reaching to even as far as India. These people believed that what Jesus was doing as miracles were actually works of black magic, something he has learned while on a pilgrimage to India.

How tall was he as a teenager?
While the Old Testament was very particular with details in describing the physical features of its subjects like in the case of the giant Goliath’s height, for example, measured as six cubits and a span, which would bring us to 9 feet and 9 inches in modern conversion, the New Testament, on the other hand, has never given us a clear picture of the physical attributes of the man called the Son of God.

What was his favorite food?
While we could easily make a wise guess at what kind of diet Jesus may have been eating by simply referring to what history may be able to link with the kind of foods most people consumed during the Biblical times Israel, I’m curious to know what kind of food in particular Jesus considered to be his most favorite especially during the unknown years of his life. 

Did he ever get to marry someone?
I would most likely think that he, being the Son of God, was forbidden to marry a human being. But with the discovery of a new archaeological find, a papyrus the size of a credit card with its writings deciphered, quoted Jesus as saying, “My wife.” Still, that wouldn’t make it a strong and sound basis to prove that Jesus has actually been married.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Jesus Christ is God in the flesh

Questioning about the Messiah’s divine origin is something I considered a misguided query, not even necessary. It is only indicative of someone’s ignorance to the words of God which is the Holy Bible. But since not everyone was more than willing to read and study the Holy Bible, or if having read so but also misinterpreted, allow me to give you a short refresh about why Jesus Christ was a God and not just a human being. In the book of John chapter 10, verse 30, Jesus was quoted as saying, “I and the Father are one.” It was a clear statement from Jesus Christ declaring himself a God. This declaration of divine identity by Jesus has angered the Jews of his time so that they were quoted in a reply as saying, in John 10:33, “we are not stoning you for any of these but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”

If Jesus is not God, then he was lying about what he has declared about himself. Some people believed he is a prophet, a good teacher, while there are those who even labeled him as the first communist. But who do you think he really is?

The answer could be found in the Holy Bible, plain and simple. Jesus is God in the flesh. John chapter 1, verse 1 was clearly saying that “the Word was God.” It was confirmed in verse 14 of the same chapter about the Word becoming flesh.

There are lots of Bible verses to quote from to support about such a claim that Jesus is God. In John chapter 8, verse 58, Jesus clearly announced to the Jews who asked for his identity using the Old Testament name for God to reference himself with, “before Abraham was born, I am!” God revealed his name to Moses in Exodus chapter 3, verse 14 as “I am who I am or I am.”

But while the belief of the Christ to be God is to know of the truth, it is also important to have a deeper understanding about the concept of the “trinity” which is about God existing in three persons. The word “trinity” is not literally mentioned in the Holy Scriptures yet such a concept could be found from beginning to end. In John chapter 14, verse 23, Jesus explained to his disciples about making a home for those who obey his teachings; the work, which will be carried out both by him and his Father, would be possible through the Spirit of Truth (John chapter 14, verses 16 to 17).

One of my favorite descriptions about the divine identity of the Christ came from Apostle Paul when he said, in the book of the Colossians chapter 1, verses 15 to 17, about Jesus being “the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creations: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible,  whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”


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