Looking for yourself? Check under an umbrella

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By Marc Lopez

Magnificent Mondays

Monday, July 21, 2014

LAST April, I shared an article about umbrellas. How each of us have our own unique umbrellas, or gifts, that keep us dry from the rain or cool under the sun.  And how we can have a more magnificent life by finding a way to share our umbrellas with others.

JR was marvelous with math and he liked computers, so he took up Management Information Systems in a prestigious university in Manila.  Two years into the program, though gifted in math as he was, JR felt the course was not for him.
He visited the schools guidance office and took a test.  And prayed.  He remembered the principle he was brought up with: Do what you love. From computer engineering he shifted to Mass Communications.  JR says, “It seemed like the right fit for me…I loved the classes.  I enjoyed learning about the craft.”
After graduating he put his skills into various freelance projects and joined a magazine company in Manila.  But his heart wasn’t into it, “I was literally lost again.”
JR resigned from the company and went back to Bacolod, to, in his words, “find myself.”
His sister, Micmic, invited him to help her out in the meantime, in St. Francis of Assisi School, a private school in Silay City.  JR’s grandparents put it up in 1964, to provide quality Christian education for the children of their farm employees.  It opened its classrooms for other students from Silay.  Currently 50 percent of the students are scholars supported by the Tapulanga Foundation.
JR substituted for a Music-Arts-PE teacher on maternity leave.  He came in just as a volunteer-teacher.  After his “first class,” he says, “I knew this was what I was called to do.  I loved it.  I excelled at it."  The rest is history.
Have you found yourself?  What are you doing with your umbrella?  Sometimes, the best way to find yourself is to share your umbrella with others.
Perhaps you’re a banker, called to be a lawyer for the oppressed?  A corporate executive, called to be a home maker?  A businessman called to fund scholars.
Ask yourself today, what am I doing with my “umbrella?”  Am I blessing as many people as I am called to?  Maybe you do not have to give up your current job.  Probably, you just need to volunteer yourself to help others.  Consult for an NGO, teach street kids on Saturday afternoons, help your church.
JR does not teach MAPEH anymore he has become the schools administrator duplicating himself as he mentors the teachers under him.  He says, “Seeing the kids graduate, that's a great experience every year…Seeing students succeed in college, seeing our students… go out to other countries as part of their college experience, that's also fulfilling to see.”
Share your umbrella today with someone at work, at home, or in the streets.  It’s not just going to bless others, it’s where you might find yourself, too!
Choose to have a Magnificent Monday!

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 21, 2014.


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