another one of my journal entries. i must have read quite a number of self-help books and everything came tumbling into this article. this is what I believe in. I know these are tough rules to follow but at the very least, im struggling real hard to live with them..
5 September 2006
Practice the habit of thinking out of the box. Do not conform with the way of the world. Do not be contented with the norm. Strive for excellence in whatever you do - acads, work, service, relationships. Do not settle for mediocrity. If you can still do something to improve your work, do it. It will pay off in the long run. Your creator deserves far better than your mediocre results. You were given many talents, blessings and opportunities - uose them all for the glory of God.
Save for the future. Learn to live within your means and allot a little part for savings. But don't forget your tithes. Give to the Lord with a cheerful heart. Give to your neighbors in any way you can.
Do not be shortsighted. See beyond your comfort zones. Live on the edge. Do not be complacent. Keep the fire burning. Never lose hope that there will be a better tomorrow, if you'll only believe. Keep the faith always.
Count your blessings and be grateful for it. Learn to share it with those who are in need of your love. Be instruments of peace. Show people that you truly care. In building relationships with them, be sincere. Integrity matters a lot.
Know your non-negotiables and live with it. Do not compromise always. Learn to take a stand but broaden your understanding of other people's viewpoint. Learn to say NO.
Keep your pride in check. Remember, you're just an instrument. Rein in your jealousy, envy and malicious thoughts. They will get you nowhere. The longer you think about them, the more they control your actions. So stop these thoughts whenever you can.
Believe in the innate goodness of every human. You just have to believe it in order to see it in them. Give complements and stop criticizing. Your words can easily influence others so take note of what you spread around. Live by these mottos one day at a time with the Lord's grace... :-)