Learning from a Pitfall

Facebook’s latest feature of “On This Day” is now the trend among majority of users. It is especially being utilized to fill in a post gap for a given day and also a great way of looking back a year, two years, three years or four years prior to what transpired in one’s life. Am no exception, and, in fact, I have been sharing freely on this blog old Facebook posts of mine, and even before this new feature of highlighting a particular day in the past.

Here is a post I made a year ago today, September 12, 2015, and may you learn something from what I revealed, a shortfall which has made me the more determined to change for the better.

Life, indeed, is a continuous learning process and as I got aware of another “fall”, in my effort to effect a major change in my life, I am now the more determined.

I again jeopardized my health, by staying awake for almost 24 hours, keeping an eye on the activity of OFCI-Antique in Mapatag. I deliberately didn’t take my meds, so I will stay awake. I got aware of the sudden appearance of the manic phase of my bipolar disorder over a week ago and when I am in that stage, I am so full of energy and I continuously believe that I can do anything and everything!

So, yes, I did accomplish something, and the previous posts of Stephen Kenneth Risco Eliserio have proven it as he reported of their group’s trip to Mapatag until the culmination of the symposium, but, did it make me any better? Nope!

I again missed following my newest mantra, and that is to have my ailing health a PRIORITY over and above everybody and everything!

And so, I LEARNED something today! Again!

I wonder, how many more pitfalls will I encounter until I get to perfect that CHANGE I willingly imposed on myself?

As I keep on saying: change, especially a major one, is not an instant thing. But awareness is really very important because that will make you move or act on that something which you would want changed!

Do you agree with me, folks?

About Author

Freda Editha O. Contreras
Writing is a God-given talent which I try to utilize the good way. I used it as a means to earn a living, my very first job after graduating from college, when I got hired as an Information Writer by the Provincial Government of Antique through Governor Enrique A. Zaldivar in January 1982. By profession, I am a Registered Nurse, and was only able to practice it when I got recruited to work in a private hospital in Kuwait. This was in November 1987 and since then I have been living in Kuwait, now retired since June 2002. Because of my knack in writing I got hired in 1994 to write for Kuwait Times and later became an Editor of 'Pinoy News' a weekly supplement of KT. In March 1996 I published the very first independent Filipino newspaper in Kuwait and the Gulf bannered as Pinoy Expat News or PEN. The paper lasted for only 10 weekly issues. This was followed by another publication and came out first as an insert of an ad paper and later as a separate tabloid. I used then 'Pinoy News' as it was my idea the first time it was used for Kuwait Times. This again failed and produced only three weekly issues. I then turned to the Internet and in 1999 I got hired as a Contributing Editor of Suite101.com, a writers' portal on the web. The last of my articles was published December 31, 2002 but my topic 'Overseas Filipino Workers' was still visible until January 2006. All the 38 articles I wrote have been compiled into a book which I published in August 2007. I discovered blogging in 2006 but was not really serious about my writing. I wrote according to my whim. Having this blog under my own domain name is now a welcome development and I plan to concentrate again in writing. As is commonly said: "A writer will always be a writer." http://fredacontreras.com/

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