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Back In The High Life Again.

In commitment, Decisions, encouragement, inspiration on January 26, 2011 at 11:08 am

It’s been a little over three years since my last post on December 3, 2007 when I uploaded “Everything Has A Purpose. Everything.” This was before I joined a very dynamic telecoms company as their new manager for Human Resources. I thought that I would have the time then to share articles regarding HR but after numerous saved drafts that never saw the light of day I decided to place blogging in the back burner for the meantime.

But I’m glad to be back and I hope to continue writing at least  once every month.  My blog would still be faithful to its mission of “setting us free” by writing articles regarding relationships, the workplace, our country or anything that would leave lessons to educate our minds. Articles that would cause us to ask and pursue what our purpose is in this circle of life.

I’ll end by leaving you with this video that I found from You Tube of Steve Winwood singing his 1986 hit “Back In The High Life.”  I included below the song’s lyrics because you might want to sing along with it. This is an inspiring song that sings of renewing relationships, of successes earned and lessons learned.

Until next time, let’s educate our minds.

Back In The High Life Again lyrics
Songwriters: Winwood, Steve; Jennings, Will;

It used to seem to me
That my life ran on too fast
And I had to take it slowly
Just to make the good parts last

But when you’re born to run
It’s so hard to just slow down
So don’t be surprised to see me
Back in the bright part of town

I’ll be back in the high life again
All the doors I closed one time
Will open up again
I’ll be back in the high life again
All the eyes that watched me once
Will smile and take me in

And I’ll drink and dance with one hand free
Let the world back into me
And oh I’ll be a sight to see
Back in the high life again

Girl you used to be the best
To make life be life to me
And I hope that you’re still out there
And you’re like you used to be

We’ll have ourselves a time
And we’ll dance till the morning sun
And we’ll let the good times come in
And we won’t stop till we’re done

We’ll be back in the high life again
All the doors I closed one time
Will open up again
We’ll be back in the high life again
All the eyes that watched us once
Will smile and take us in

And we’ll drink and dance with one hand free
And have the world so easily
And oh we’ll be a sight to see
Back in the high life again

High life
High life
In the high life again

We’ll be back in the high life again
All the doors I closed one time
Will open up again
We’ll be back in the high life again
All the eyes that watched us once
Will smile and take us in

And we’ll drink and dance with one hand free
And have the world so easily
And oh we’ll be a sight to see
Back in the high life again

Until next time, let’s educate our minds.

The Cost of Commitment.

In commitment, Decisions, Good company, inspiration, Language, merits, popularity on October 18, 2007 at 7:38 am

There’s a story about a hen, a cow and a pig who wanted to make a difference. They were farm animals of noble character who dreamt of stopping hunger in their village.

One day, they met and decided once and for all to accomplish this task. They called all of the wayfarers, peasants and the farmhands.

The hen flew on top of the farm fence and cried, “The time has come for us to free you of your hunger and suffering, henceforth, I will lay all of the eggs that I could give to feed the poor.”

And before the hen could finish her words, eggs suddenly filled the land and everybody gathered to pick up the eggs until none was left to be found.

“Here here” bellowed the cow. “I too will squeeze all of the milk within me to nourish the children.”

Again, before the cow could finish her words, a sudden gush of milk filled all of the buckets to the brim and the children drank from it until none was left to be drank.

The hen and the cow then turned to the pig and poked at him to continue,“go ahead, dear friend, declare what you could give to these people.”

The pig stood still, frozen and motionless. He stared at them and replied, “my dear dear friends, I admire your boldness and generosity. But while you confidently declare your contribution, I concluded that I have neither eggs nor milk to spare but I only have myself to give.”

And so the pig bade his friends goodbye and threw himself to the masses.

This story is often told in a different way but the message is still perfectly clear:  HOW FAR WILL WE GO TO ACCOMPLISH OUR DREAMS?

I’m leaving you with a video and I hope that this would open our eyes and make us understand that there is only one thing that separates us from realizing our dreams: commitment. Passion may give us the direction but commitment gives us the fuel to reach our goal.

Until next time, let’s educate our minds.

Speaking in Tongues.

In Decisions, Language, merits, popularity on October 16, 2007 at 10:07 am

It It was 1988 when Spanish was removed from the college curriculum. I was a freshman then and I thought I enjoyed that privilege of not having to study a foreign tongue. No longer was it deemed necessary to learn the language of our colonizers.

Last July, I accompanied my friend who got an invitation from a call center offering her a job within the company. She graduated from a very good university where she took Spanish as her major. The company was looking for fluent Spanish speakers and there was such a short supply of qualified applicants with this kind of a skill. After half an hour of waiting, she came out and told me that she passed the interview and that the company  pays a premium for foreign language speakers so she’s being offered THRICE the amount that the regular guys were getting.

Who would have thought that a seemingly “archaic” and”irrelevant” language would creep back after 20 years and this time not only to tickle the intellect but to provide a lucrative source of income for those who have mastered it. Trade agreements among nations have eliminated walls and fences so that learning a new language has become more of a need rather than a choice.

Below is a video that would best illustrate this point. Watch and be amazed.

Choosing to abolish the Castillian language may have been good at that time but those who had the power to do so may have been only concerned with the here and now and not the long term effect of their decision. We often make the mistake of making a decision based on its popularity not on their merits. Unfortunately, it’s the next generation that reaps the consequences of our folly.

By the way, my friend turned down the position. A month after, she got a better offer from a bigger and different company.

Until next time, let’s educate our minds.