The Day

Wednesday, March 29, 2006
The long wait is over! Yesterday was THE DAY for a lot of us in the office. Retrenchment notices were given out and a meeting was held to make clear what led to this drastic move. Some were caught by surprise that they're one of those that have to go and some have long accepted their fate. To those left behind, that includes me, we are all sadden to see all these people go, whom we have worked with for years.

This dreadful event that happened caused me to realize how lives could change just like that. While most of my co-workers were bewildered at what fate awaited them, I wasn't apprehensive about these things because I knew that God was and still is in control. I know that wherever He takes me, I'll be fine. I've stopped making my usual Plan A to Plan Z (that's what a control freak does) and just let Him lead. The pay off? My sanity was kept intact. ;-) The only downside I can see now is, I will be blogging less, say once a week, because of the workload I currently have. :-(

Please pray with me for my friends who just lost their jobs. May they find comfort in Him who promised all of us provision.

Meet the Blogger

Monday, March 27, 2006
It was blazin' hot last Friday. Jec and I got ourselves ready to meet up with Duncan and his wife Nerissa. Finally, they're in Manila. I've developed more meaningful friendships, thanks to blogging. I hope to have the chance to meet each of you too one of these days. Check out the pictures below.

Duncan and Nerissa

D and Nicole (One of D and Neri's three adorable kids)

D, me and Jec (I look tired here but I was happy to have met them =)

Neri, D (Sleepy?), Zoe (Isn't she a cutie?), me and Jec (Surprised?!)
There's Nicole with her mom (far left). Their son's the one taking the picture.

Inspirational Nugget

Monday, March 20, 2006
Life can only be understood by looking backward, but it must be lived by looking forward.

"Jesus replied, 'No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.'" Luke 9:62

Sean Matthew G. Olano

Summer Fun

Wednesday, March 15, 2006
A few weeks ago, I was so worried about how I'd deliver the bad news to my colleagues. Guess what! All three probationary employees have already resigned and found themselves a better job somewhere else. Thank God! Not that I want them out of here but I couldn't possibly fail them in their evaluation when in fact they're doing good, just so I could meet the management's demands. I'm so relieved! But of course, this predicament is still far from over. A much bigger blow is yet to come.

It's officially summer here and it's time to have some fun!!! Don't you just love the smell of nature while sipping on your favorite fresh fruit shake under the shade of swaying palms?

Inspirational Nugget

Monday, March 13, 2006
Sorrow looks back. Worry looks around. Faith looks up.

"Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12:2

Sean Anakin G. Olano

A Revelation

Tuesday, March 7, 2006
Things have been crazy around here lately. Our section looks more like a ghost town than an office. Everybody does his own thing either on the computer or on the phone. I knew what everybody was up to and I just let them do whatever as I did mine. With all the fuss around here that got almost everybody worried, I've remained just the opposite. Don't get me wrong, I need a job just like anybody else and I could lose my job just as fast as others could. But I refuse to wallow in distress. I remember asking God to help me understand why things happen the way they do. Then last Saturday, our pastor said, "Don't try to 'see' before you have faith, have faith then you'll understand." What a revelation!

I'll be catching up with you guys as soon as I can.

Bearer Of Bad News

Wednesday, March 1, 2006
I was going through my daily reads and planning to write something positive after, but I was cut short when I was called by our HR to discuss to me something about the number of employees in my department. After that short discussion, my happy aura turned bleak. I went back to my desk with a dazed expression on my face.

One thing I was never really good at is terminating someone from employment. Well, I'm not really the one to terminate them (that's the work of our HR) but I'll be the one initiating the termination. And I said THEM, meaning there's more than one. I could feel my temperature rising while I was figuring out how I'd deliver the awful news to my staff. But I wasn't left with any choice, it's a management order and I have to do it. They're implementing a head count reduction and my department is one of those affected. Tomorrow, I have to start preparing the papers needed for this. It breaks my heart. Oh, God, I hate to be the bearer of bad news!

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