The good old days have come and gone when health was considered the sole responsibility of the medical practitioner, family doctor, or some other ―healing-authority‖, and hardly ever the responsibility of the individual. All that was needed in those days to assign an individual with a clean bill of health was a visit to the doctor or a healing authority. Health as we understand it today has a much broader view and requires more responsibilities from the individual and less reliance on healing professionals. The communicable diseases of the past that killed people during major epidemics, from which few people ever survived, have almost been completely eradicated. Those communicable and killer diseases of the past have been replaced today by non-communicable, lifestyle related, but still killer diseases, led by cardiovascular or diseases of the heart and blood vessels.
By: Frances Peria
I found myself going through some of my old journals and came across this piece:
A very sick friend had me confronting my mortality. A lot of us go through life dreaming big dreams, planning for the future, and building our treasure chest for tomorrow. Nothing wrong with that at all, until we find out that there is no more tomorrow for some of us to speak of. Maybe then we could start to think how best we could live the present.
Where to start? How about reconciling with everyone around us, especially with enemies, perceived or not? There are people whom we may have hurt, most probably unintentionally and consequently we are not even aware of. Then perhaps we could reconcile with ourselves and then be ready to square it up with the Higher Being. The next step? How about verbally reaffirming our love to those we do? Knowing one is loved is amazing, hearing it said often enough is reassuring.
Finally, how about living the present as though it were our last and squeezing the moment for all it was worth? Then perhaps we can go on the last leg of our journey feeling richer, happier and without regret.
I was amazed to realize that it has been over 10 years since I wrote the above. More, I am happy to realize that all these years, “regret” has failed to insinuate itself in my life. And I thank God for that!
By Frances Peria
People mark and eagerly await certain days of the year to celebrate – birthdays, anniversaries and holidays. Celebrations are likewise held on special occasions: baptism, graduation, passing board exams, promotions, etc. Commemoration of these events comes in all forms and sizes – a grand fiesta, a big blowout, a quiet dinner, a solemn mass heard, a small prayer uttered. Whatever form it takes, we make it a point to mark these special events anyway. But do we really need to wait for such special occasions to celebrate?
Waking up to a new day and being able to see the sun rise is in itself a cause for celebration. Knowing that one is alive and well is a great cause to rejoice. So are being in the pink of health, of having family and loved ones around you, of not being hounded by creditors, of being contented with what one has, and not being unhappy with what one doesn’t have.
During the LEAP General Assembly Meeting on the 26th of August 2012, one of our hardworking member Ms. Rose Escueta shared with us information on the Department of Labor and Employment's guidelines on Statutory Leave. For a more detailed information please download the link below this page.
Even if your Boss/Supervisor swamps you with petty tasks and doesn't appreciate all you do, you can always "manage up" to make sure the boss's boss knows your worth. Here are seven ways to do that:
1. Be the best at something by developing a high degree of skill on a topic or picking up technical knowledge (such as software skills) that can help your company. News of your expertise will trickle up.
2. Volunteer for a rush job or a project that's running over deadline. Higher-ups will notice. Execs love employees who show their commitment to the team.
3. Seek out praise for your group. When you say, "My team did a great job," that's showing leadership skill that people will remember.
4. Nurture relationships with key clients. If you're in a position to be indispensable to key clients, you'll be able to build on your professional relationships with them.
5. Become a mentor. You're never too young to share your experience with junior members of your organization.
6. Praise your boss—when it's deserved—to your co-workers and other supervisors. Example: If your boss has been extra supportive of your career development, write her an e-mail telling her that you appreciate it. Be sure to "cc" her boss.
7. Gain a deep understanding of your boss's goals, the department's strategies and the company's objectives. It will help you set priorities and make smart decisions about what work to tackle.
LEAP is a professional organization of Administrative Professionals. Its members are career women who meet on a regular basis in an atmosphere of confidentiality, trust, and openness to share in each other’s career, business, family and personal experiences. The Organization provides an ongoing opportunity to share and discuss with a group of peers all issues that arise from being an Administrative Professional.
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