Sharing is the watchword

I have been inspired by caring people, helpful people, thoughtful people.

It was May 16, 2017. We interviewed our 4H YES scholars (batch 2), 19 out of 24 who are determined to proceed in Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. One of the few questions I asked was "how did you manage your allowance?" The answers were heartwarming. I was touched that the money goes beyond meeting their own needs. They have to share it with their siblings who are also having hard times schooling. Some invested in agri-projects so the sharing could go far. I was happy that others had the discipline to save although little so they could lighten the load of their parents.

Theirs was a nourishing and refreshing life which didn't happen with a magic wand. It grows with careful cultivation. The hardships they went through soften their hearts to help, to share, to be a blessing. By sharing, they take the grind out of life. Sharing their blessings shows that while they love the gift, they love the Giver more by sharing the gift.

When we retreated for our "Grace Under Pressure: Taming Our Stress" human resource development program, we ponder on uncluttering our lives to eliminate stress. One uncluttering task is devoting regular time weekly to sorting one's junk - discarding unnecessary items, holding a garage sale or donating to charity. The latter would surely make you and others happy. After all, having much doesn't make us rich.

It's June 14, 2017. Ms. Anna Lea M. Layola and Ms. Shiela Mae T. Sarco, Productibong 4H YES scholars of ATI-RTC 8 graduated with honors in Certificate in Agricultural Science during the Commencement Excercises of the Visayas State University. Each also received a medal and cash incentive during the awarding of exemplary graduates.

Value for Money, Shopping for Health

Inspired by an extension activity designed to curb obesity implemented by the Cornell University Cooperative Extension (CUCE) in New York City, ATI-RTC 8 implemented a similar activity under its Organic Agriculture (OA) program to educate mothers on the value of money with the food they prepared. The activity, which took place in Calag-itan, Hinunangan, Southern Leyte on March 23, 2015 was dubbed "Value for Money: Shopping for Health".

It's what we do

Sir Jim: Give example of a topic for your blog...

We: Extension...

Sir Jim: Extension of what?

We: It's what we do...

Funny but this happened during our training on blogging and photography with our resource person Mr. Jaime Ramon 'Jim' Paredes of Apo Hiking Society. We were used to having resource persons who are familiar with what we do that we just assumed the rest would also know, which include Sir Jim.

Nonetheless, let me tell many others who don't know who we are and what we are.

For the second time, "accidentally"

In my blog "Life according to Jim", one of the life lessons I mentioned was 'be accident prone'. I was thinking when would it happen to me, until I read "Not Once But Twice" did I realize that it already did. Photography always fascinates me ever since I can remember. I always look for ways of improving what little I know of this craft.

Life according to Jim

 Trainings for e-Extension Coordinators of ATI are always exciting because they are usually held in different venues. Recently, I have three (3) reasons to be excited: 1) it is held in Coron, Palawan, one of my wish-to-visit-place; 2) it is about blogging and photography, which is one of my most-requested-training since I became an e-Extension Coordinator; and 3) the most exciting is our resource person Mr. Jaime Ramon Paredes, the Jim Paredes of Apo Hiking Society, one of my favorite singing groups of all time.

Keep on keeping on

In our 2013 highlights of accomplishment I wrote, "Super-typhoon Yolanda may have stripped us of the fruits of our labours but not our commitment to make a difference in the lives of our stakeholders and to help our region rise from the shambles.  It may have washed out landmarks of our successes but not our learning and experiences we shared with fellow extension agents, farmers and fishers, women and youth".

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