Never been this excited about the future. Suddenly, I find myself focusing on the beautiful outcome and not the obstacles. The motivation to do what it takes to get there is so strong... talking about life at 40... God will make a way!
I met this “journo" for the first time in one event. He approached me because apparently ‘he has heard about me as a blogger'. After introducing his name and where he writes for, he asked right there if I could write a feature about him in boydubai.com. The kind request became a demand even before I could say a word. Wow! He needs the feature ASAP so he could qualify in a scholarship in another country. The demand quickly grew into an aggravated command, and I could only say “Uhhmmm...” I tried to explain what my blog is about and not about. I don’t even know why I had to do that.
I feel bad for him, and I felt insulted as a blogger. This journalist don’t understand how I write. The guy lacks respect.
He was pleading. He ended the annoying chat by saying, “...in return, I will feature you in my column."
What we can take from here is, if you're doing something worthwhile, you don’t have to foolishly beg for recognition. People who gets recognized are those who actually humbly discredit themselves from it - they who passionately do their jobs without looking at any material rewards (or feature) in return.
You know, when you have a depressed friend, you don't give them bible quotes and say, "read this verse," etc and you will feel better. The bible quotes are for YOU - YOU, who should give advice, encouragement and inspiration based on what you learned from the bible.
I've heard a lot of stories when people give their depressed friends bible quotes instead of persuasive, moving and realistic advice.
Do not expect people to be comprehensible when they're depressed. Put yourself in the situation. Pagbabasahin ka, malalim pa, i-i-interpret mo pa.
Put bible studying in its own time and place. Talk to the person, human to human, give comfort, lead to a solution, lessen the worries. Pray that they'll be enlightened and do your intellectual bible sharing and reflection later on.