Do Not Twist Facts

Yesterday, I took the bus on my way to Ma-ao City Health Office (an hour and a half from Bacolod City where I live). I was seated at the front row in between a lady and the driver. I specifically chose to ride in front so that I don’t get disturbed by people getting up and down at the row of chairs behind me.

Everything was doing okay until we were almost 30 minutes away from the destination when the bus conductor opened the front seat door and assisted another passenger to be seated. So to my surprise I told him, “Manong, two of us are already seated here. Please have the passenger seated at the back.” And without hesitation he nodded and guided the passenger to the back.

When I got down to the City Health Office, I handed Php 100 to the bus conductor to pay for my Php 30 fare. Strangely, he asked me, “Sir, how much are you paying?” I said, “Php 30, of course.” Then he replied, “You have to pay more because you didn’t want to have the other passenger seated beside you.” Then I argued, “But the seat in front is only for two!” And he immediately butted, “No, the seat in front is for three.”

I stopped myself from arguing because there were a lot of patients waiting to be seen by a doctor. I agreed to pay Php 40.

After my clinic, I inquired at the Land Transportation Office and indeed, the front row seat of mini-buses such as the one I took is only for two people! Otherwise, they would be overloading the bus and it would be hazardous both for the passengers and the crew.

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 Sometimes, we tend to twist little facts to get what we want. As for that bus conductor, he wanted to have more income so he pushes the maximum passenger capacity of the bus over its limits.

Although these little white lies may not cause us a lot of harm, we should remember that habitual actions slowly make us the people we are. If we lie in small things and be able to get away with it, we might think that what we’re doing is right, and that it is okay to continue doing so.

Small things lead to big ones. In the same way that little white lies can lead to dangerous big lies. May we always maintain honesty in our daily dealings. Let us not manipulate other people to our advantage. Let us not twist facts.

PS. God loves you!

How much are you willing to give?

Earlier today, a friend asked me for advice about a big career decision -a job position that required much time and effort from her part.  She was hesitant because she was fearful of not being able to accomplish the heavy task the decision entails. She was fearful that her limitations might not allow her to achieve the position’s goals.

She constantly asked me, “Fred, do you think I can do it?”

My answer was pretty simple: “It’s never a question of “Can you do it?” but rather a question of “How much are you willing to give?”

Oftentimes when faced with a situation like this, our decisions are influenced more by our fear of failing than our passion to do the task. Remember, if an individual wants to accomplish something with all his heart, he will do all in his capacity to accomplish it. Yes, great achievements require great sacrifices.

The more you’re willing to sacrifice, the closer you will be in achieving your dreams.

P.S. God loves you!

Hello again, Blog World!

Hello.

It has been awhile since I’ve shared my thoughts to the world wide web (my first blog site was The Humanitarian Philanthropist). With the pacing life hits us with today, consciously pausing for some time everyday and writing down daily reflections is not only therapeutic, but also comforting and informative. 

The theme of this blog site will be plain and simple -I will try my best to write down my thoughts daily with the goal of hopefully inspiring you, my beloved readers.

I will start tonight but for now, I have to resume cleaning up my room. Later. =)

God loves you!