Saturday, April 14, 2012


Oh but my friend never misses a day in sending me nuggets of wisdom in my email. Well, he does me a great service because I love quotes. And if some of you would wonder just why he does painstakingly send me quotes? I'll tell you why.... it's his way of nudging me to write! Makulit! :-)

Here's what he sent me this morning.......

"If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper,
sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures,
like Shakespeare wrote poetry,
like Beethoven composed music;
sweep streets so well
that all the hosts of heaven and earth
will have to pause and say,
'Here lived a great street sweeper, who swept his job well'."

Martin Luther King ---
The attitude to work is more important than the work itself!


I like that. Makes sense, doesn't it? Giving our best in whatever job we have or do is just what is expected of us. Anything less than that is mediocrity and mediocrity has no place in the language of successful people. A job done with divided attention, unfocused, sloppy, slipshod, irresponsible, unprepared, poorly thought out, skin-deep, or uncaring attitude won't make the mark I can assure you. Whether we be a -- clerk, mailman, busboy, saleslady, taxi driver, carpenter, telephone man, or a street sweeper ... but also includes positions of high rank -- it's not the job but the person who works it that matters.

What is our attitude towards work and moving that to the bigger realm of life itself? I have learned that --- Your attitude is you.... and you define life for yourself. Nobody can or will do that for you. You either fail or succeed, make it or break it. Enjoy or feel miserable. That's all up to you.

Why settle for less? Success, whether in huge or small measure, is within our control. All it takes is in having the right attitude ---- the attitude of being the best with what or who we are. Besides remember our moms telling us that 'work is prayer' too? :-)

Hope everyone's having a grand time with summer. Hot maybe but good old Sol is simply most welcome when thoughts are bent on vacations, right? :-) Blessings!


  1. @mediocrity and mediocrity has no place in the language of successful people.

    That's superb.. why to give less? yes, attitude is everything.. success with attitude is the ultimate gain..

    btw, hws evrything in Indonesia now? hope sea settled..

    Good day to you and ur gals Ellen...


    1. Hi Prams,

      Oh am not sure about Indonesia. But my country (the Philippines) is working with other Asean countries to come to a fair agreement with regards to the Spratly Islands. I hope they come up with something good.

      Hey, you're the first in here this time. :-) Thanks for coming by. Such a pleasure to see you. Blessings to you and your loved ones.

  2. Ellen,

    When one puts heart and soul into what he or she does, it does not remain a job or burden but is a pleasure.

    Take care

    1. That is indeed so true, Jack. Thank you for dropping by and for sharing. Blessings!

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    1. Lovely to see again, Billy! Just got back from your blog and immensely enjoyed your recent post. Beautiful! Keep on writing and inspiring your readers in the way that only you can. Blessings!

  4. There is a dictum in Sanskrit"Yoga ha karmasu kousalam" This means true yoga is efficiency in action.Your mom put it wisely and sweetly that work is prayer or worship as we are never shoddy in prayer.
    You have annotated the quote beautifully.

    1. "true yoga is efficiency in action" - That's a good one, KP. This can be incorporated in the other areas of our lives too. Thank you for sharing. And God bless you and your loved ones.


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