Weekly Word Inspiration : FOCUS

FOCUS 2017

Focus is that one word that I always tell my students whenever their attention to tasks needs to be 100%. Focus is that word too, that I need to stay on track with the tasks I need to accomplish, be it a little thing or something major.

Social media has somehow made us lose focus on the things that we should be giving importance to. Do you have time to read a good book or that time has been spent scrolling the social media feeds of other people?

Do you have time to focus on your goals or have lost the time meant for these because the focus was given to other pursuits that were not really worth the time and effort. Have you given focus on how you should be working on how to be a better person instead of spending time looking into other people’s lives? Have you overshared so much of yourself that you forgot to keep the special things just for you alone or maybe just between you and your loved ones to intimately share?

I hope that this word, focus, gives me a clear visual path to be able to be a better version of me. I also hope that 2017 will be a year to remember because I have focused on what is more important to pursue and experience with joy in my heart.

By the way, if you focus hard enough, say hello to that little creature that blended well with its surroundings.

Among the many benefits of doing jigsaw puzzles, these three points stand out.

jigsaw puzzle at teacherjulie.com
1. Physical Skills: as the child manipulates the puzzle pieces to fit together, eye-hand coordination as well as fine-motor skills are developed.

2. Cognitive Skills: memory enhancement, problem-solving, shape and color recognition are just a few learning skills enhanced during jigsaw puzzle activities.

3. Emotional Development: for those who are having difficulty putting the puzzle pieces together, patience is slowly being developed as the child puts the pieces together.

Jigsaw puzzle activities can also be given as a goal setting objective that progresses from a few pieces to multiple pieces as the child becomes more adept with the activity.

Quezon City Rush Hour Traffic

Tonight, thankfully the youngest child and I have arrived before the rains came. Going home is a struggle for a lot of people here in Metro Manila, especially to those who ride the public transport. And even if people drive their own cars, the traffic situation is horrible especially during afternoon rush hour till late evening. Or maybe it is just here in our area?

How to keep sane inside a vehicle during rush hour traffic in Metro Manila (and elsewhere there’s traffic)?

  • Listen to music that you really love. If you are a commuter, bring your own earphones to listen to the music that suits your taste because chances are, the public utility vehicle you are riding has its own music. This also prevents you from listening to the incessant yakking of someone sitting close to you. Beware to not play too loud music that you are not aware of the things happening to you.
  • Organize your thoughts and affairs by being mindful amidst the chaos. If you are driving, you can’t do this too much because you need all your faculties on alert during traffic.
  • For passengers who are not too sensitive with the vehicle’s motions, you can update your social media accounts to while away the time or watch a movie or videos on your phone. Be sure to secure your phone with you and that you are still aware of the people around you.
  • Talk to the person you are with, it will make travel time easier and seem faster. Just don’t talk too loud that others are sending you dagger looks.
  • If you are a passenger, perhaps you can try to meditate amidst the passengers around you. Tune out the noise and concentrate on your thoughts.
  • Bring food to nibble, breath mints and candies to chew and drinks for when you are thirsty. Don’t overdo for you may not be able to take a bathroom break in the middle of EDSA or Marcos Highway riding with 9 other passengers. Make sure that the food is not too aromatic that may incite the hunger pains of the other passengers to be more pronounced.
  • Be patient. Keep your cool and remember that like you, everyone wants to go home and rest after a tiring day at work.

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