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“Change the mind, become successful”

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(BY: ATTY. BATAS MAURICIO)    LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances…” (Philippians 4:11, the Holy Bible).

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NO TO CON-ASS AMONG LAWMAKERS: For the Liberal Party congressmen who are now pushing for the amendment of the 1987 Cory Aquino Constitution to lift the term limit of Cory’s son, President Benigno Aquino III, through a constituent assembly—or joint session of congressmen and senators—it is clear Filipinos do not like you doing that.

Answering the survey question posed by me and my co-anchor Vic Somintac in the DZEC 1062 kHz Mondays to Fridays 6 a.m. program “Tambalang Batas at Somintac” last August 15, 2014, 100% of those who responded said they are against a constituent assembly or any other move by lawmakers to tinker with the Constitution to allow President Aquino and his allies to run again in 2016.

Many of the respondents even called on Aquino and the members of the House of Representatives and the Senate to vacate their positions now, to enable the country to start anew with leaders who will be more sincere in pursuing a righteous government—saying the Aquino government was not a righteous government after all, and was in fact the cause of many of our country’s debilitating problems now.

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“CHANGE THE MIND, BECOME SUCCESSFUL”: Human resource expert Ma. Soccoro “Baby” Jamias gave one important rule which everyone must obey if they wish to succeed in almost every endeavor in any area of life. In the first of ten lectures stretching up to June 2015 to be given to selected Rotarians of Rotary International District 3810 Baby last Thursday, August 14, 2014, said the rule is: “change your mind”.

The ever-positivist that Baby is, she said a mind that dwells on what is good, pure, lovely, noble, desirable and, of course, holy and spiritual will necessarily draw everything that is good, pure, lovely, noble, desirable, holy and spiritual to the one who regularly thinks about them. She explained that a mind that dwells on the negative, on misery and defeat, reflects a person that is negative, full of misery and is always defeated even before he or she started.

To the Rotarian-Christians who were present during the lecture, Baby’s rule for success immediately struck a familiar thought from the Bible, particularly from Romans 12:2, which says “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…” The same verse says that if we change our mind, then we would be able to receive God’s perfect and pleasing will for those who obey Him.

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HOW TO THINK POSITIVELY: But changing the mind is, of course, easier said than done. The real question is: how do we change our mind to make it a positive thinker? Baby gave suggestions, which are all doable, but let me go back to the Bible, especially in its Philippians 4:8, which tells us what to think about.

It says: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things…” What is excellent and praiseworthy? Examples could be found in Philippians 4:13, in 1 John 4:4, and even in what Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, said in Matthew 7:24-27. Read and obey them, and become successful.

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SHERWIN GATCHALIAN FOR SENATOR? WHY NOT? With his furious presence in Facebook and in other Internet social networking sites trumpeting his work and his achievements, I am sure Valenzuela City Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian is eyeing a Senate run in 2016, perhaps under Vice President Jejomar Binay. I am excited by this because this is the first time a candidate for a national office seems actively using the Internet to make himself known. Will he succeed? Let’s hope he does.

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REMINDERS: Please listen: “Tambalang Batas at Somintac”, 1062 kHz, Mondays to Fridays, 6 a.m., simulcast over 1080 kHz in Dagupan City, 711 kHz in Naga City, 1260 kHz in Lucena City, 1224 kHz in Davao City, and worldwide, at www.eaglenews.ph;  “Kakampi Mo Ang Batas”, at 103.7 mHz in Don Carlos, Bukidnon, Mondays to Fridays, at 7 a.m.; “Kakampi Mo Ang Batas” at 801 kHz on the AM band (Panay Island), Mondays to Fridays, at 10 a.m.; and “Kakampi Mo Ang Batas” at 107.5 Win FM, Roxas, Isabela (every Sunday, at 7 a.m.).  -30-




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