Wednesday, April 27, 2011

crazy passionate

it was a dark and rainy night in new york. in her confusion, elaine bumped into a stranger, “i'm so sorry. i'm lost. i don't even know where i'm going," said elaine. "that's the best way to get to places you've never been to," replied j peterman. amazing how you sometimes find wisdom in unexpected places, like seinfeld.

i felt lost 12 months ago. i didn't know where i was going. and i did get to places i've never been to, through this bdbr project. one year of supporting managers. helping leaders find clarity, promoting collaboration and integration, to change the culture of a large values-based organization that's still acting like a small, closely knit family.

time flies when you're having fun. i can't believe my year of bdbr opportunity is now over. i can still remember the first day clearly.

it was a sunny day in june. summer was just beginning, the sun was hot on my skin. everything smelled good. i was going to start a new job. happiness!

but the voice in my head was talking. "it’s tuesday and i’d be locked up in a room all day for the next four days on training. who starts a new job on a tuesday on the last week of the month? normal people start monday." i scolded myself, "only happy, positive thoughts."

it would be 4 full days of training. i wonder what we'd talk about. i wonder who i’d be working with. i wonder...

i got in the room. some folks were already there. tanya was there - at least one familiar face. people started coming in until all 11 seats were filled. 6 new, full-time facilitator/coaches (fc), 1 part-time fc from hr, project manager tanya, project coordinator emma, director lory, and trainer anne. by the looks of it, this will be an interesting day, or week, possibly an interesting year.

anne talked first. her voice and intonation – very different. intense but no rushing involved. lory then talked for a bit. it was all gibberish to me. i thought "i have an idea of what we are going to do. let's get on with it." (excitement!) tanya talked for a bit as well. more logistical things.

then the new fcs started talking. from the outside, i saw that this was a diverse team. my math self was trying to find commonalities. not age, not gender, not ethnicity, not educational background, not professional background, what was it? after listening to everyone, i got it.

this is a very passionate group of people. and everyone seemed to be looking for something and hoping to find it in this fc role that we would do. my exact thoughts at that point, "so why am i here? am i really one of them? unbelievable."

that was my last clear memory of the beginning of this job. what followed was a fun year of learning, self-awareness, teaching, personal development, and blah blah blah. too many things happened, until we got here. the end of this one year commitment, opportunity, experiment. whatever you may want to call it.

now the end has begun. we are slowly, one at a time, being peeled away from the bdbr team. it's time to disband. we were all here because we were looking for change. looking for something new to do. we wanted change and we got it, in the form of starting a huge cultural shift in this organization. now it's time to move on to the real career changes we were hoping to get in the first place.

i thank each and every one of you for giving me a piece of yourself this year. this has been one of the best years of my professional life. i will never forget this gig. (that's a true compliment. i rarely remember anything these days.)

after a year of bdbr i still feel lost. but i’m not worried. i know i’ll find my way to places i’ve never been to.

to my ex-fcs, wherever life takes you from here, good luck. may all of us find what we are looking for. when we find it, may it give us the happiness and fulfillment we are expecting.

how did lory manage to find these passionate people?

it takes one to know one.

by the way, passionate is only one level up from crazy and the line is not always very clear. :-)

Friday, April 22, 2011


Bangon na. snooze. Bangon na. snooze. Bangon na sabi! Tama na ang ka I snooze ng alarm clock.

Late na naman ako. Sarap kasi matulog pag malamig. Para na naman akong robot na maghahanda sa pagpasok. Hay, kailan kaya ako makakaalis sa rat race na ito?

Silip sa bintana. Leche, nag I snow! Ano ba yan? Sabi sa forecast kagabi sunny ngayon. Leche, leche, leche. Pero ang ganda sa labas, puti lahat. Hay!

Gisingin si ate, para tabihan si baby. Pasok sa banyo, i-on ang heater. Number 1 and then number 2. I-on ang tubig para uminit. Shower lang. di babasain ang buhok, baka magyelo sa labas. Nakakaloka, bakit may snow?

Toothbrush..oops bat ang lamig ng tubig? Initin ng konti. Bihis na. panty, bra, sando, sweater, leggings pa kaya? Baka kaya kong wala. Oo, leggings, jeans, medyas. Wag kalimutan ang cellphone para ma check ang mga batang home alone. Dampot ng baon, tira tira kagabi. Isa pang sweater, bonnet, scarf, outer jacket, gloves, boots na hanggang tuhod. Oops, naiwan heater sa banyo, leche, balik na naman sa taas.

Labas ng bahay. Super dahan dahan ang lakad, baka madulas. Nakakaloka talaga. Sa mga ganitong panahon, tanong ko lang, bakit nga ba ako nandito? Bbrrr…

Saturday, April 09, 2011

acronyms, now and then

what are the secrets of a long and happy marriage? idk (i don't know). if i knew they wouldn't be secrets and i'd be a millionaire. lol (laughing out loud). i've been married for a long time. and yes, to the same man. and happily too. well, most of the time. i don't know the secrets to a long and happy marriage but i can definitely give some pointers. i did learn some things in 16 years.

don't lie - never ever. you can strategically deliver the truth but never lie. respect your partner's intelligence. and remember, there is such a thing as lying by ommission. you can't do that too.

maintain the mystery - don't show your partner everything specially personal hygiene activities. what value would brushing your teeth in front of your partner add to your relationship, may i ask?

forget - this is the only good side to having had 3 caesarean sections. i can't remember. when i try to bring back details of previous fights to strengthen my stand in the current fight, i can't remember. so no fight lasts a long time.

be fast at saying sorry and forgiving - my husband does this perfectly. i need to work on it. he says sorry even before i complain. at first it seemed thoughtless. he hasn't even heard what i wanted to say and he says he is sorry. but it works. when he sees i feel bad he immiediately says "i'm sorry for whatever made you feel bad. i never intend to hurt you." that gets him what he wants. then i become submissive and ready for him a3 (anyplace, anywhere, anytime).

do the little sweet nothings - make sure you still do the little nice things that you used to do in the past. like hhww (holding hands while walking), giving hello and goodbye kisses, saying tccic (take care coz i care).

and most importantly, laugh - try to laugh together often for long periods of time until tears run down your cheeks. if you can't find anything to laugh about, search for funny stuff on cable. you're paying so much for that, use it well.

the foundation of our 21 year relationship - openness, sex, and laughter. oh and of course love. omg (oh my god) how could i have forgotten that?

what does my husband say to all this? wtf (you already know this, you use it too often). tldr (too long didn't read).

the ultimate secret to a long and happy marriage? japan (just always pray at night). rofl (rolling on the floor laughing).

g2g, b4n.