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10 Things I Learned from Lourd de Veyra’s Little Book of Speeches

One day, while my sister was busy buying her toiletries at Watson’s, I saw Lourd de Veyra’s Little Book of Speeches. I grabbed it, went to the checkout counter, and paid for the book with the last PHP 200 in my wallet. I’ve seen him on TV5 before and, maybe, I’ve watched one or two of his TV segments on the same network. The media has portrayed him as a very opinionated person with a sick sense of humor. I have a sick sense of humor, so I immediately assumed I would like his book. Fortunately, I was not wrong in my assumption.

Lourd de Veyra Little Book of Speeches

To be honest, I suck at writing reviews, so I decided not to do that. I’d leave that job to the experts. What I would do instead is list some of the things that I’ve learned from reading Lourd de Veyra’s work. I have 10.

10 Things I Learned From Reading Lourd de Veyra’s Little Book of Speeches

1. Be Responsible Users of Social Media Networking

Like I always say, “I’d rather die a painful death than be cyber-bullied.” With the freedom we are given in posting whatever we want on social media comes the importance of “thinking before clicking” that publish button. We develop this false security that since we’re perfectly safe behind our computers or smartphones, we can post and say whatever we want.

2. Do What You Love

Cliche alert: “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius. Don’t worry about earning big bucks. It will come eventually.

3. Don’t Be Afraid To Make Mistakes

Lourd de Veyra even says that it’s our responsibility to make mistakes because we will learn valuable lessons from them.

4. Read More Intelligent Books

We’re not talking about Young Adult books, featuring glimmering vampires. Read more books that are thought-provoking, books that will give you valuable lessons in life.

5. Finding Yourself Takes Time

Some people know their purpose early in life. Some people don’t. I’m one of those. I’m both registered as a nurse and a midwife. I also graduated culinary arts, but what am I doing now? I’m working as a social media manager. I find comfort in knowing that it’s okay that it’s okay to take time in finding what I really want to do in my life.

6. Learn To Examine Yourself

Be realistic when forming images of yourself. Your number one critic must be yourself. Learn to examine your thoughts and your choices. Are they all building up to the person you want to be? If not, change or make adjustments.

7. Be Updated With Current Affairs

Keep yourself in the know. It doesn’t mean reading a Facebook headline and going straight to the comments section and giving your unwarranted opinion. Learn the facts, know the side of all parties involved, and, lastly, keep your opinions to yourself.

8. Keep Learning

Learning doesn’t end in the four corners of the academe. We must strive to keep learning until we’re on our deathbeds.

9. Learn How To Transform Information to Knowledge or Wisdom

With the sea of information that are readily available to us with a few clicks, we must know how to filter information: discard useless data and keep those that truly matter.

10. Put Down Your Camera

Experience life. You don’t have to take pictures or videos of everything that is happening in your life. Learn to value experience over keeping memorabilia. Seeing the beauty of nature or the arts is something the most advanced of technologies could never ever capture.

Ang Kaibigang Laging Walang Pera

Paano nga ba nasusukat ang pagka-kaibigan? May kasangkapan bang kailangan gamitin? Kalendaryo ba para mabilang kung gaano kayo katagal na magkaibigan? O weighing scale ba para matimbang kung gaano kayo kahalaga sa isa’t isa?

Nang magising ako mula sa pagkaka-idlip ko nitong hapon, nabasa ko ang iniwang mensahe ng kaibigan ko sa Line, isang messaging app sa cellphone, kung saan inilahad niya ang kanyang tampo sa kanyang mga kaibigan na ilang beses ng tumanggi na makipag-kita sa kanya para lumabas. Ang kadalasang palusot ay wala daw pera.

Friends

Friends

Walang pera. Oo valid reason yan lalo na ngayo’t wala pa ang sweldo, pero naniniwala din ako na masyado nang gasgas ang palusot na ito. Minsan dinadahilan na lang natin ito para makatakas sa mga lakad na ayaw natin talagang puntahan. Kapag pinilit ka pa rin nilang sumama, ibig sabihin noon ay kailangan ka nilang i-libre. Suwerte mo, boy. Pero alam mo namang imposible na i-libre ka nila kaya alam mong matapos mong sabihin wala kang pera ay titigil na nila ang pag-pilit sa’yo.

Ang sagot naman ng aking kaibigan, may ilang beses na daw nangyari iyon na ang dahilan nung taong ayaw sumama ay wala siyang pera. Iba na ‘yon. Baka naman ayaw ka talaga nilang makasama talaga.

Sa edad kong bente-siyete (27) anyos, natutunan ko ng pahalagahan ang mga bagay na mahalaga talaga para sa akin. Natuto na din ako kumilala ng mga tao na gusto ko talagang manatili sa buhay ko. Iyong mga tao na wala namang naidudulot na maganda sa akin kundi ayain ako sa masamang bisyo, piliting mag-waldas ng pera, at minsan, manira pa ng ibang tao, sila ay puwersahan ko nang tinatanggal sa aking buhay. Masyado ng maigsi ang buhay para sayangin ko ang oras ko sa mga taong kagaya nila.

Ang sagot ko na lang sa kaibigan ko para matapos na ang usapan ay ang mga sumusunod:

‘Wag kang magtampo dahil hindi sila sumipot sa aya mong food trip. Mag-tampo ka kapag ikinasal ka o kaya’y nadala ka sa ospital ay hindi man lang nila maisip dumalo o kaya dumalaw.

May point naman ako, hindi ba?