“Heat‘, an oil on canvas by artist Vincent Fantauzzo, is seen in this image provided by the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney May 8, 2008. The portrait of a brooding Heath Ledger, painted shortly before the Hollywood actor died in January, was voted the most popular painting in Australia’s top art prize for portraiture on Thursday.
I came to me late in life (not THAT late, just 29 years late) the realization that we possess hidden powers we could summon any minute of everyday.
Here are some magics powers you could use:
1. ASSERT YOUR RIGHT
I got a poor service from a photograph studio, giving me a wrong background color to what I specified. Usually, I would timidly just keep the picture and pay for another picture in another studio. But this time, I went back to the studio, told them politely that I want a refund for my money because I gave them specific instructions before I had my picture taken. I walk in there knowing my rights as a consumer. And I too was shocked when I got back my money without any hitch.
2. MAKE A WAY
I was getting back on my feet after a cash meltdown by having garage sale,
taking on ‘rakets’& moonlighting jobs and selling my mom’s old catalogues & cookbooks to aspiring dressmakers & cooks.
3. DREAM BIG
If I wasn’t a doctor, I would love to be a social worker and be part of an organization that focus on helping young women. It’s nice to dream about it and another to make moves to make it into a reality. I came to hear this org and I got excited. Bursting with enthusiasm, I wrote a letter to the president of the organization, volunteering my help. I didn’t know if they would respond but in a few days, I received a reply and setting up a meeting… Fabulous, isn’t it? Next stop… A non-violent, greener world…..
I could stress enough the power of a smile. Even Mother Teresa is an advocate of smiles because she knows the power in a smile. Friendships start from a smile. It also could lift up a day of someone even a random stranger. A positive outlook and enthusiasm is infectious. So, smile and better yet, laugh. Because laughter is a perfection of a smile.
Prayer could move mountains, my mama said. And she was right. If you allow the Higher Power to work in your life, amazing & beautiful things unfold in your life that would let you say, “Ei, isn’t just life delightful?”.
I have said early on that this year 2009 is my year of financial freedom. In an effort to reach my goal, I devise strategic plans to rid myself with the debts I seem to have accumulated the past few years and start my retirement fund this year.
I used to give away my old clothes, bags & shoes but this year & last May 2008, I followed Og Mandino’s advice, ‘To turn garbage into wealth’. And that is what I did. I gathered all my old clothes, bags, shoes, books and what-nots and decided to have a garage sale at the boarding house we are managing in CPU, Jaro.
My last May garage sale was a success. Along with my brother & sister-in-law, we sold the stuff at home that we barely used. We had so much fun. We have met a lot of interesting people. We have this trisikad driver who is really interested in my brother’s old jersey sando. He comes back every 30mins to check on the sando after driving a passenger & gives us his coins he earned ‘til it was totally paid off. And there was a guy who came in with his talented dog, that entertained us with its tricks.
So this February, in my attempt to pay off my debts of last year, I planned another garage sale and this time I convinced some co-residents in the hospital to join me. With them,we earned P6, 450.00!!! Wehooo!!! I decided this to be my yearly thing…. Now, I could say my journey towards financial freedom is starting in a high note….