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Procrastination, my dear friend.

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Meet “Procrastination”. This dude is a really good friend of mine. We’ve known each other since way back before I knew what his name was. I call him, “Crasty” for short. In my pre-teens, whenever my mom would tell me to wash the dishes or wipe the table clean, I would find my dear friend and play with him instead. In my collage days, whenever I had to wake up for an early morning class, Crasty would lay beside me and remind me how fluffy and cozy it is to just lay down for a couple minutes more. This would later entail the couple more minutes I will be late for class that day.

But Crasty isn’t always bad for me. He helped me extend more days at home with my family when I should have gone to work. He helped me keep so many trinkets of the past because I couldn’t get myself to throw them away just yet. He also paved way for me to watch so many movies and TV shows ranging from English to Japanese, Filipino to French and Korean to Spanish because I would put off something else just to watch such shows.

And as far as I know, everyone else is friends with Crasty, too! Sometimes more close than they should be. Whenever someone puts off calling their families using work as an excuse, whenever someone opts not to apply for a promotion thinking they’re not ready for it, or whenever someone doesn’t work on his project according to plan because he’s scared to fail. All these, they do with Crasty by their side.

This New Year, Crasty has to keep his distance from me. It will be hard to let him go, but even harder if I don’t start now. Isn’t it clumsy to procrastinate from letting go of procrastination?

That’s my resolution for 2017. What’s yours? Which friends are you going to let go this year? Hatred? Fear? Laziness? Let me know.

Have a blessed New Year, everyone!

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2013: A Year of Gratitude

At the beginning of the year, it’s always been a trend to ask “What’s your new year’s resolution?” a timely question as we collectively say goodbye to all the things good and bad from a year that has passed and welcome a new year with enthusiasm and hope. The first month of the first year, more often than not serves as the most optimistic time of the year because we simply acknowledge and commit to be better and brighter versions of ourselves.

In lieu of answering the popular question, I choose to answer “What is ‘2013’ to you?” For me this posts a more reflective approach to tracing exactly what we need and want for ourselves. Though both questions essentially aim to achieve something positive, answering the latter requires a central theme that you consciously live out in the present to make your answer relevant.

For me, 2013 is a year of gratitude. This year is the God-given time for me to show appreciation for all the people who have touched my life and in one way or another made it better.

Building relationships and keeping them is no easy task. In valuing the people around me, I hope to make this year more meaningful. By placing more importance on the existence of the person in my life rather than being carried away by shallow fights and misunderstandings I hope to make longer lasting friendships.

 In showing gratitude for having the opportunity to learn from another human being, I hope to eradicate prejudice and nurture respect with God’s wonderful creation. By proactively receiving God’s grace, I hope this year is not just a year of gratefulness for me but reciprocate to others as well.

 I want this year to be a year of “thank yous” because “the greatest acts of love are done by those who are habitually performing small acts of kindness.”

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Purplebliss asks: How about you? What is “2013” to you?