Daily Inspiration, Hope for You, Immune System, Matters of the Heart, You are Loved

Depression is Real: How I Snapped Out of It?

It is the joyous season of the year as we begin the first day of December, but I am sure that somewhere out there, there are people suffering, people hurting, people in need, people in grief, people in extreme sadness… That’s the reality of life that which makes us human.

I don’t mean to be the pessimist here in this post, but I want to be the one to break the silence and give a voice to those who are in that seemingly dark pit where there seems to be no way out. And I’d like to do that as I recall my own journey in this shady hollow and more importantly, how I managed to hack my way out from that pitfall.

Three weeks ago…

I am waiting for my turn at a doctor’s clinic as I write this blog. I realized I haven’t written in ages; something that I really love doing.

So much bad news is all around us – the successive mass shootings of innocent people in the US, the death of a healthy young Filipina actress at the age of 41, the war all around the world, the numerous injustices committed to poverty-stricken people… I too am not spared from the bad news – especially about my health; I just recovered from flu and now am having difficulty swallowing due to acute tonsilo-pharyngitis. Oh and I forgot to mention that I had a thyroid scan 2 months ago and the results showed multiple nodules on my right and left thyroids.

Why am I saying all these things? It’s because I want to let people know that I am not spared from having bouts of frustration, sadness and bordering depression. We all have at some point these mixed emotions and the scariest part I guess is no matter how well-meaning individuals keep you company or say good things to you – the reality of having to deal and make decisions on your own is very very very (more emphasis added) difficult.

I do not know with men, but for women, I am almost certain that many will be able to associate with me on these ride of emotions. And the thing that adds injury I guess is when people around us either invalidate the feelings or they themselves do not know how to deal with it. Well, the latter is a better thing to think of I guess.

Now, I don’t mean to sound so hopeless, but I just want to highlight how challenging it really is to suffer from depression. It’s a gloomy feeling much like walking in a very dark and unfamiliar path that does not give you a slight clue where it is heading… a very unfamiliar, scary ground…

So going back to the reason why I am waiting for a consult with an endocrinologist… I am a nurse and am sure you already know that I have done my research already. And I saw that thyroid cancer, which could be the worst scenario for my nodules has a very good prognosis like 92%, which slightly decreased as my second endocrinologist consult said a week ago that it is at 86%. That does not guarantee though that there will be no negative thoughts in my head like, “What if I am part of the 10%?” or “What if the doctor says I need aggressive treatment?” So many questions… It’s actually the border between fear and faith why it took 2 months for me to finally decide for a consult after the nodules were discovered, and another month for a second opinion.

A week ago…

I had another rough week last week as I had bouts of fever, asthma and flu-like symptoms once again. I found myself asking God, “Why God?” “Why does my body have to suffer over and over again?” And then I was crying again, telling God – please heal me already. My body is already very frail and very tired. I am at the end of myself, Lord…

I remember it so vividly in my head, I can recognize the hyped up mixed emotions of loneliness, emptiness, extreme sadness, hopelessness, inability to find my own strength that used to be there. At some point my head was at war within itself trying to compose in saying ‘you know this’, ‘you know the drill’ ‘you know what to do’; while half of my brain recognizes – it just knows but it can’t find the strength to sort it out and do what needs to be done… I was crying alone in the room, wallowing in tears, gasping for air, trying to let out a sound but only groans were heard coming out from sobs of desperation – desperation for God, desperation for Jesus. I was begging, pleading…

Jesus, pray for me…

Jesus, lift me up…

Jesus, comfort me…

Jesus, carry me…

Jesus, be with me…

Jesus, be my strength…

Jesus, forgive me…

Jesus, heal me…

Jesus, deliver me…

Jesus, set me free…

I kept praying those words over and over while reciting Psalms 23 in between sobs.

Then I found myself appreciating the lyrics of the song… Jesus, I’m desperate for You. Jesus, I’m longing for You… You’re all I want…

Then while I was in the sea of emotions, a still small voice said… Irmee, it’s just a decision you have to make… choose Me… be with Me… there was a long pause… and then I did. In a very weak voice enough for me to hear myself, I said – Jesus, I choose You. All of a sudden, it was like a heavy load on my shoulders was lifted up and removed… It was like a supernatural strength lifted a boulder on my shoulders and chest, then the heaviness was gone. It was still painful, but the heaviness was gone. Yes, just like that.


I woke up today feeling stronger than usual, well-rested from a good long and peaceful sleep. The nodules are still there, but I am hopeful to get good results come January. I am not certain if I will not pass by the same hollow, jaded road again, but this time I have found that inner peace that even when I pass that road again, I know that Jesus is with me. And this morning here’s a word that I received to confirm that.

The Lord is fighting for you! So be still! Exodus 14:14 (GW)

So what keeps me hanging on…? I think that’s the most important question to answer. What do I do? What do I tell myself when I am down and fearful? I tell myself, and this time, I not only know but in fact, recognize and embrace it – that Jesus is with me every step of the way.

So if you or anyone you know is going through this same experience, please feel free to connect with us so we can pray, connect with you or connect you with someone who may help.

Jesus be with you, Who is the reason for this season!

Media Graphic Credits:

Walking into the Unknown: https://ahmed-19.deviantart.com/art/Walking-into-the-Unknown-172649985

Light at the End of the Tunnel: http://justbetweenus.org/faith/devotions/christian-devotions-on-hope/


Cardiovascular System, Circulatory System, Healthy Living, Matters of the Heart

What Lack of Sleep Can Do to Your Heart?

This is a very long overdue post that I have intended to share several months back. So now that I have gotten the time to pick up my pen and write, I want to share my thoughts with you on this post that I read way back from last year. This post is a bit long, but please read to the end because it may save you or someone you know from a serious heart attack.

Take Care of Your Heart

This is a repost from a blog in Mumbai, India:

“Ranjan Das, CEO and MD of SAP-Indian subcontinent died after a massive cardiac arrest in Mumbai recently. One of the youngest CEOs, he was only 42.”

What killed Ranjan Das?

He was very active in sports, was a fitness freak and a marathon runner. After his workout, he collapsed with a massive heart attack and died. He is survived by his wife and two very young kids. It was certainly a wakeup call for corporate India. However, it was even more disastrous for runners. The question arises as to why an exceptionally active athletic person succumbed to a heart attack at 42 years of age.

What is the real reason?

Everyone missed out a small line in the reports that Ranjan used to manage with 4-5 hours of sleep. In an earlier interview of Ranjan on NDTV in the program “Boss day out”, Ranjan Das himself admitted that he sleeps less and would love to get more sleep.

Short sleep duration (<5 or 5-6 hours) increases risk for BP by 350% to 500% compared to those who slept longer than 6 hours per night.

Young people (25-49 years of age) are twice as likely to get high BP if they sleep less. Individuals who sleep less than 5 hours a night have a 3-fold increased risk of heart attacks.

Just one night of sleep loss increases very toxic substances in body such as Interleukin-6 (IL-6). Tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) and C-reactive protein (CRP). They also cause cancer, arthritis and heart disease.

Sleeping for <=5 hours per night leads to 39% increase in heart disease. Sleeping for <=6 hours per night leads to 8% increase in heart disease.

What is ideal sleep?

In brief, sleep is composed of two stages: REM (Rapid Eye Movement) and non-REM. The former helps in mental consolidation while the latter helps in physical repair and rebuilding. No wonder when one wakes up with an alarm clock after 5-6 hours of sleep, he/she is mentally irritable throughout the day (lack of REM sleep).

And if somebody has slept for less than 5 hours, the body is a complete physical mess (lack of non-REM sleep), the person is tired throughout the day and immunity is way down.

In conclusion:

Barring stress control, Ranjan Das did everything right: eating proper food, exercising, and maintaining proper weight. But he missed getting proper and adequate sleep, minimum 7 hours. That killed him.

We are playing with fire if we a sleeping less than 7 hours even if we have low stress.

Do not set your alarm clock under 7 hours. Ranjan Das is not alone.

From: N. Silva (Senior Cardiologist)

My personal thoughts on this:

Instead of talking about how shocking this news was, let me focus on what can be done to avoid it. Personally, when I sleep for less than 7 hours at night; my body gives me a host of negative signals from migraine headaches, stomach upsets, palpitations, chest heaviness to shortness of breath. When this occurs, my automatic self-remedy is to pay off all my sleep debt just how my cardiologist taught me.

How sleep debt works?

So, when I owe myself one hour of sleep for each weekday (Monday to Friday), I add 5 more hours on top of my regular 7 or 8 hours of sleep on weekends (Saturday and Sunday) to pay off my accumulated sleep debt.

Here is a sample computation:

Monday to Friday (6 hours sleep each night) = 5 hours of sleep debt

Saturday and Sunday (8 hours per night) = 16 hours + 5 hours

Total number of required hours of sleep on weekends (21 hours/2) = 10.5 hours

This strategy really works for me because after banking on my sleep hours, I feel refreshed mentally, emotionally and physically, and most importantly, the symptoms are gone.

Additional Tips on How to Improve Sleep

“Falling asleep may seem like an impossible dream when you’re awake at 3 a.m., but good sleep is more under your control than you might think. Following healthy sleep habits can make the difference between restlessness and restful slumber. Researchers have identified a variety of practices and habits—known as “sleep hygiene”—that can help anyone maximize the hours they spend sleeping, even those whose sleep is affected by insomnia, jet lag, or shift work.” Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School

Here are “Twelve Simple Tips to Improve Your Sleep” according to the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School and WGBH Educational Foundation:

  1. Avoid Caffeine, Alcohol, Nicotine, and Other Chemicals that Interfere with Sleep
  2. Turn Your Bedroom into a Sleep-Inducing Environment
  3. Establish a Soothing Pre-Sleep Routine
  4. Go to Sleep When You’re Truly Tired
  5. Don’t Be a Night-time Clock-Watcher
  6. Use Light to Your Advantage
  7. Keep Your Internal Clock Set with a Consistent Sleep Schedule
  8. Nap Early—Or Not at All
  9. Lighten Up on Evening Meals
  10. Balance Fluid Intake
  11. Exercise Early
  12. Follow Through

These tips are all self-explanatory and my guess is, everybody already knows most of them. So if you ask me what’s the most important one? It is the follow through; meaning, you have to start somewhere and then continuously and consistently do it every day. You may find difficulty following everything at the start, so what you can do is follow one suggestion after another and whatever works for you, be committed to doing it religiously.

Lastly, here’s one thing that was not mentioned on the list, but works effectively for me; I spend some quiet moments alone in my room to either read a favorite book, to have small chat with my husband or best of all, to say a short prayer of thanksgiving for all the day’s accomplishments.

I do encourage you to take a self-evaluation of your sleep pattern and make the necessary adjustments on your sleep hygiene; also, share this with your loved ones or someone you know who can benefit from living with a strong and healthy heart!

Media Graphic Credits:
It’s Your Heart—Take care of it: https://alanfitness.wordpress.com/2014/08/03/its-your-heart-take-care-of-it/


Basal Metabolic Rate, BMI, Calorie Counter, Cardiovascular System, Daily Inspiration, Digestive System, Healthy Living, Hope for You, Lose Weight, Mommy Diaries, You are Loved

My Gift

Today, as I celebrate my birthday I did some serious evaluation about my health. I found out that the last 2 months of 2014 have been very difficult for me, because of too much get together, parties and reunions. It seems to me that I gained all the weight that I tried to lose for 8 months last year. Worse is, this has been going on for the last 5 years of my life.

Me Thinking

What do I do now? My mind and body tell me I should start a consistent healthier lifestyle this year, keep my weight on check and enjoy everything that is required to achieve them. This thought dawned on me after my last visit to my ophthalmologist who told me that I should start taking care of myself, because he saw some beginning changes around my eyes that he had not seen before. I have to mention also that I had episodes of chest heaviness and shortness of breath on 3 different occasions last year.

Honestly, as a nurse I have been so obsessed with trying to eat healthier and keeping my calorie counter for the longest time. I have tried doing exercise at least twice a week, but my problem is not in doing it, but in maintaining it. In fact, at the beginning of this year I went shopping for more fruits, vegetables, lean meat and chicken portions, plus I loaded on brown rice, healthy sugar, and wheat bread.

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My challenge now, is how I can maintain doing these without feeling obliged or compelled because of my health or my weight? I started my research and was prepared to see hundreds of advertised diets, but there were 2 that caught my attention and, which left me thinking. There was the Beyond Diet and the Paleo Burn technique among many others.

Beyond diet believes that exercise may help in weight reduction, but ultimately diet plays a major role in the body’s ability to burn fats. Paleo Burn, on the other hand, says that removing wheat and all wheat products on my diet will do the trick. Paleo says having more fiber in the body signals the hormones to store up more fat. The 2 methods talked about the role of insulin in aiding the body’s ability to burn fat. However, both their claims confused me in some way, so I dug in some of my stock knowledge as a nurse and helped myself process the information.

I decided, I cannot follow just one diet alone or worse believe in just about everything I read on the Internet. So after some serious digging here are the personal goals I have set for myself to attain:

  1. To have all my blood chemistry values in normal levels,
  2. To lose all the excess weight and fat deposits,
  3. To maintain my ideal weight and to enjoy while I keep it.
  4. To make healthy choices in diet and activities.
  5. Lastly, to live healthier so I can honor God with my body.

I think that the most important goal that will keep me going on is the thought that if I take care of my body, I will honor God and I will prove my love for my family. This means spending decades with them in my healthiest possible state.

To support my goals, here are my action plans that you might get some input from:

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  1. I will eat a healthy balanced diet based on the “old school” food pyramid, from breakfast to dinner to provide my body the nutrients it needs, and to enhance all the hormones necessary for my body systems to reach its optimum levels. It also means I will stay away from junk. Eating healthy also increases my body’s ability to burn more calories as it increases my BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate).
  2. I will exercise for an hour at least 3 times per week to strengthen my heart, and to tone my muscles that will help in burning the food I eat. Remember, the more muscles you have, the more calories you burn.
  3. I will load on water every day.
  4. I will learn cooking healthier recipes.
  5. I will have enough rest and sleep to recharge my body and to promote regeneration.
  6. I will have a regular “Me Time” to relax.
  7. I will pray more so I can manage myself in handling stress effectively.

Just a Few More Tips:

  1. The more color on your plate, the healthier it is.
  2. Pure clean water is still the best way for cleansing and hydration. Infused water is helpful too because it gives additional vitamins especially vitamin C.
  3. The calorie you take in varies depending on your age, body build and activities.
  4. The level, intensity and frequency of your exercise matters if you’re trying to lose or maintain weight.
  5. Choose an exercise that you really enjoy doing, so you can stick to it for the longest time.
  6. Spend more time in prayer; it cleanses not only your body, but also your soul and spirit.

Now, going back to the 2 diets I discovered, here is my take: balanced diet is really important, but you do not need to pay so much money just to have your meals prepared by someone. You can research and learn so many things on your own, but if you have a medical condition, you must consult a professional. Now, on the grain issue, I believe wheat has a lot of benefits for the heart, but be sure you’re eating the real thing. You should have some knowledge on reading the labels too. Lastly, insulin is a hormone thought to process only sugar, but there are research studies that show, it helps burn fat too.

So my gift to myself, my family and my God on my birthday – is my health!

Blessed Beyond Limit

A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body. Proverbs 14:30 NLT

Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NLT

Useful Resources: Benefits of Lemon: http://learni.st/users/emily.dingmann.7/boards/14637-why-you-should-be-drinking-lemon-water-in-the-morning Profits from Cucumber: http://learni.st/users/michele.ochoa1/boards/25935-uses-for-cucumbers-that-will-amaze-you Know More About Your Grain: http://wholegrainscouncil.org/whole-grains-101/identifying-whole-grain-products Insulin Burns Carbs and Fats Too: http://www.jbc.org/content/179/1/175.full.pdf What Exercise Program Fits You: http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2010/02/01/what-burns-more-calories-cardio-intervals-or-weight-training/ Are You Underweight, Normal Weight or Overweight? Calculate Your BMI: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/BMI/bmicalc.htm How Much Calorie Do You Burn? Calculate Your BMR: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/BMI/bmicalc.htm Your Guide to Good Food (Food Pyramid/MyPlate): http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/pyramid-full-story/ Bible Gateway: https://www.biblegateway.com/ Media Credits: Beyond Paleo: http://www.annlouise.com/blog/2014/09/11/beyond-paleo/ Looks like Me: http://www.freepik.com/free-photo/thinking_20689.htm Blessed: https://www.etsy.com/listing/154396246/inspirational-print-scripture-wall-art?ref=market Health Goals: http://foxborofitclub.com/nutrition/only-1-in-50-americans-meet-heart-health-goals-do-you/ Pray More, Worry Less: https://porelamoradios.wordpress.com/tag/spirituality/ Praying Hands: http://imgkid.com/woman-praying-hands.shtml Developing a Healthy Lifestyle: http://www.riverschurch.co.za/product/developing-healthy-lifestyle/

Cardiovascular System, Circulatory System, Nervous System

Stroke Series: Maintain Your Blood Pressure

Measure Monitor Maintain your BP

The season changes, unpredictable weather and extreme temperatures are potential danger signals for people with high blood pressure (BP). If this is not addressed properly, the risk of a stroke becomes very high.

Here are some tips on how to maintain your blood pressure to normal range:

Never miss on your maintenance meds. It is wrong to think that when your BP is okay you can stop your medications. The reason it is normal is because of the drugs you are taking daily. You can only stop when your doctor tells you to do so.

Cut down on monosodium glutamate (MSG). Sodium attracts water into the bloodstream and too much blood volume increases pressure on the blood vessel tubes. MSG can be found on your favourite chips, pizza or seasonings, so do limit on these or better yet remove them from your diet.

Maintain your sugar level. Too much sugar in the blood as in the case of diabetic people makes the blood thicker making passage more difficult, thereby increasing the blood pressure. I will have a separate blog on diabetes, so watch out for this.

Ways to Maintain Your BP

Stop smoking. Nicotine hardens and makes the blood vessels brittle. When they do become hardened they are unable to adjust rapidly to extreme hot or cold temperatures. Hot weather causes the blood vessels to dilate and cold temperatures cause it to constrict. Both results in a sudden shift in the blood pressure and for people with hardened tubes, it may end up in a blood pressure shoot up that can end in a stroke.

Lower down your cholesterol level. Increase your Hdl (good cholesterol) and decrease Ldl (bad cholesterol). Cholesterol build-up in the arteries may completely or partially block the blood flow, therefore depleting the Oxygen supply in your body including the brain.

Have more color on your plate. More color means more fruits and vegetables, plus add more bulk from wheat and grains. Other than it gives you good sources of vitamins and minerals, it also helps reduce your cholesterol level.

Take good care of your kidneys. A good kidney gets rid of all your body wastes, if they are not, the accumulated system by-products in the bloodstream cause the increase in your blood pressure.

Limit if not avoid your alcohol intake. Alcohol causes damage to the liver and the kidneys, and once they are damaged they can no longer do their function of cleaning up your system.

Do regular exercise. It helps to improve your heart function and to burn excess calories on your diet.

Maintain your ideal weight. Maintaining your ideal weight is one of the ways you can maintain a healthy lifestyle, practice good eating habits and get rid of the excess fats.

Manage your stress and have enough sleep. Stress as we all know is one of the culprits in most diseases including high blood pressure. It unnecessarily releases high levels of cortisol and epinephrine in the blood stream, which causes the blood pressure to shoot up.

Important Note: Blood pressure that is considered normal is 120/80 mmHg. However, this changes with age, so it is important to have yours monitored daily so you know your normal range.

Blood Pressure Marker

Media Files:

Maintain your blood pressure: http://www.healthykskids.org/2014/09/03/6-ways-to-reduce-your-blood-pressure/
Measure, Monitor, Maintain: http://www.kidneyfund.org/kidney-today/national-high-blood-pressure-education-month.html#.VCoi9VeVpyB

Mommy Diaries

Moms Need Nights Out Too

Moms Need Nights Out Too

A few days ago we watched this movie “Mom’s Night Out!” A very light and funny movie but with a very important message for us women.

Oftentimes, we become so obsessed with the things we thought would make us happy only to end up frustrated and stressed out. This is so true with women. We have that idea that having a husband and kids would make our life complete. What’s worse is, in keeping up with our fairy tale notion of a happy home we try to control everyone – me included. We try to create standards to control our spouses. We do stuff to control our kids. But all of them only proves one thing – it makes us go crazy!

In our hopes of having a perfect home we often neglect the things that matter the most. Our kid’s talents that are expressed in painted walls, which are supposed to be appreciated are treated with annoyance and unnecessary anger – again, I am not excused here. This made me smile as I remember being cranky with my son over spilled water on our floor as he drinks his water.

We do so many things, create many rules that only add up to our already piled up responsibilities. We act as if we are little gods who can control people and circumstances. We often forget that we are not the one’s in control. We do not call the shots.

God in His love has already given us the blueprint when He said:

Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take. Proverbs 3:5-6

This verse is so popular, but are we really taking its meaning by heart? Trusting the Lord with all our heart may mean it’s okay that my kids are playful and make a mess of my kitchen. And when they are all grown up and still make some mistakes, we can still trust God that He allows things to happen for a reason.

Truth is, we cannot be in control of other people’s lives, the only person we can control is ourselves. In fact, even if we think we already know ourselves, we still need help in that area. Only God knows us completely and absolutely! So let us stop setting so many rules and standards that only create walls instead of ladders. Sometimes, it’s the only thing that we need – to let our hair down and to admit to ourselves we are not and can never be perfect. Sometimes, all we need is that “Me Time” to keep ourselves sane.

Success in The Workplace

Fruitfulness in the Workplace


Did you know that in a report by Gallup, a polling organization in Washington D.C. only 13% of employees around the world are engaged in their jobs?

The “State of the Global Workplace Report 2013” by Gallup reported: “Currently, 13% of employees across 142 countries worldwide are engaged in their jobs — that is, they are emotionally invested in and focused on creating value for their organizations every day.” This leaves a massive 87% of the people in the workplace who are unhappy, dissatisfied and fruitless.

In a separate report by Forbes, “engaged” people in the workplace are described as employees with a strong sense of passion for their work, driven by innovation, fueled by moving the company forward and inspired by a deep connection to the company.

Tired of doing things over and over again?

Are you seeing yourself as part of the 87% or 13%? If you have been working for a long time and have been asking yourself lately: “Why am I going around in circles and not achieving anything?” Then perhaps it’s time to make some radical adjustments if you want some change in your life.

In the same report, Gallup suggested 3 ways on how to engage people in the workplace by: 1. Selecting the right people, 2. Developing employees’ strengths and, 3. Enhancing employees’ well-being. Taking it from there, ask the right questions: “Did my company hire me as the right person for this job?” “Is my company taking time to make good use of my strengths?” and “Is my company concerned of my overall well-being?”

These questions are from the perspective of the company, but did you know that you can take this and make it your personal goal whether your company is doing it or not? You can decide today to upgrade yourself by asking more personal questions like: “Am I the right person for this job?” If you are, then maybe all you need to do is level up your working ballgame. Take the extra mile and learn new and better ways of doing things. But, if your answer is no, then maybe it is time to seriously re-consider your options.

Next, ask: “Am I using my strengths to the fullest?” Be proactive and explore your strengths and talents. Do not rest and be comfortable with what you have known 2 or 3 years ago because with the past-paced technology these days, what you knew 6 months ago may now be obsolete. Regularly update your knowledge and skill-set even if it is not your company’s priority. And watch out for every opportunity where you can learn and grow.

Lastly, “Am I taking time to nurture my overall well-being?” Passion for work, deep connections and fuel for inspiration do not just come by. It takes time and effort to develop them. In fact, this is the core element that will help you achieve the other two.

Passion, connections, inspiration, fulfillment, satisfaction and happiness are all intangible words that cannot be measured yet can be strongly felt. It involves emotions, thoughts, perceptions and willpower, which are all part of the soul care that you need.

Personally, here are my personal insights about being fruitful not just in the workplace but, in all areas of life:

Build yourself in knowledge and wisdom. Educate yourself and never stop learning new things. Do not rest on your past achievements. Get wisdom! This is different from intellect. Intellect is of the mind, while wisdom is from the spirit and it can only come from God.

Be wise, my child, and make my heart glad. Proverbs 27:11

Own the business. Protect the interest and clients of your company. Work as if you are the president or CEO of your own corporation. It doesn’t matter for now if you are treated or compensated fairly. Do your work as if you are doing it for the Lord. In the end, all your efforts will earn you a good reputation.

As workers who tend a fig tree are allowed to eat the fruit, so workers who protect their employer’s interests will be rewarded. Proverbs 27:18

Lastly, treat yourself well. Make soul care a part of your routine. Make time for your favorite sports or hobby. Meet friends regularly for an afternoon chat. After all, laughter is still the best medicine. Go on a leisurely travel that you you have always wanted to. By taking care of yourself, you recreate a better version of you – making you fruitful in everything that you do.

And you will have enough goats’ milk for yourself, your family, and your servant girls. Proverbs 27: 27

State of the Global Workplace Report 2013, Gallup: http://www.gallup.com/strategicconsulting/164735/state-global-workplace.aspx
Unhappy Employees Outnumber Happy Ones By Two To One Worldwide, Forbes:
Bible Reference: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+27&version=NIV
Hope for You

On Hopelessness and Suicide


Did you know that somewhere around the globe a death by suicide occurs every 40 seconds?

According to the International Suicide Statistics, the number one cause of suicide is mental illness, and the most common condition related to it is depression. In Japan alone as of June 2014, there are about 27,000 suicide cases reported each year and almost 300 of these are recovered in what they call the “Suicide Forest or Sea of Trees (Aokigahara)”.

Just earlier this week, everyone was shocked with the tragic news on the death of Robin Williams. A popular and widely acclaimed actor, a gifted and funny stand-up comedian, a wealthy producer and an accomplished screenwriter. He was the kind of man who puts smiles in everyone’s faces. Everyone remembers him for his funny movies like Popoye in 1980, Mrs. Doubtfire in 1993, Night at the Museum and Happy Feet in 2006. He also appeared in the video “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”. All these, however, proved that fame or fortune cannot solve hopelessness or cure depression.

During his happier days.

There are several reasons why a person becomes depressed, it could be the loss of a loved one, a job or a property. It could also be due to stress in the family, the workplace or school. And for some, it is that strong sense of hopelessness, probably because of an illness or emotional pain. The truth is, no one is immune to stress or depression, but the good news is, there is hope for you!

Where? It might surprise you to know that the answer lies within you – and it begins with a choice. You may resort to counseling, yoga, positive thinking or support groups, which may actually give you favorable results, but may only work for a short time. You can probably name a famous star or someone you personally know who has tried some of these, but still failed.

What then works and gives lasting results? The only thing that works is if you will have a relationship with your Creator; the One who knows the make up of the human heart. He has the manual on how you can relate to Him as a child relates to his or her dad. But, you may ask, “How can I listen to His voice?” Well, you can do so by accepting His son Jesus Christ into your heart. If you do, a still, small voice will begin to speak not with an audible sound, but a tone that speaks a thought in your mind or a message to your heart.

In this special relationship, faith, hope, love and wisdom are given birth in your heart as you communicate with God daily. This becomes like a bubbling brook that gives your life a different meaning. It cannot be explained in words, but those who know how it works – simply know…

Take time to nurture your spirit to have a healthier mind and body.

My Father taught me,“Take My words to heart. Follow My commands, and you will live. Get wisdom; develop good judgment. Don’t forget My words or turn away from them.

Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do, develop good judgment. If you prize wisdom, she will make you great. Embrace her, and she will honor you.

My child, listen to Me and do as I say, and you will have a long, good life. I will teach you wisdom’s ways and lead you in straight paths.

Take hold of My instructions; don’t let them go. Guard them, for they are the key to life.

My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to My words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body.”

Proverbs 4:4-5, 7-8, 10-11, 13, 20-22

Suicide Statistics: http://www.suicide.org/international-suicide-statistics.html, http://www.suicide.org/suicide-causes.html
Japan Daily Press: http://japandailypress.com/japans-suicide-cases-decrease-for-4th-straight-year-remains-high-among-developed-countries-0449012/
Risk Factors and Warning Signs of Suicide: https://www.afsp.org/understanding-suicide/risk-factors-and-warning-signs
Bible Reference: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+4&version=NLT
Listen to His Voice: http://www.everynation.org/podcasts/2010/06/walking-with-god-barriers-to-hearing/
Robin Williams: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Williams