27 July 2012

A Junior Officer's Prayer

God I thank You for the opportunity to serve my countrymen and nation.
For the logic, knowledge and skills You lent me that I use in my everyday work.
For the heart to listen to what my men has to say.
As I come to You Lord, I humbly ask...
That I may use everything you have given me in doing what is only right.
That I may preserve humility despite the accolades You have bestowed upon me.
That I may only follow the legal orders even my own career will be at stake.
That I may only idolize people around me who really contribute to the betterment of the service and follow what You are asking us to do...serve in accordance to Your will.
That I may stay upright and never dwindle.
That as I climb up the ladder of ranks, I will never be a power-tripper leader.
And that I learn and master the art of balancing my family and profession.
May You keep me safe and my comrades dear Lord.
May You forgive me on my shortcomings as Your daughter.
In Jesus name I pray...

17 July 2012

A Mother's Love Give-away Contest

     Good education track. Career. Work reputation. Smooth-sailing marriage. If you have all these, what more could you ask for? I am one lucky woman to have all these blessings. I was also taking up my basic schooling and my grades were fine (high actually). I have my demanding work yet I manage to balance everything and even have the luxury of time to be with my husband from time to time (lucky for us since we both are in the service). Everything was like a routine....but one day, a big change happened. What was it? Or WHO was it? Well, it was my little ECHO...
     As they always say, motherhood equates to a lot of happy moments with baby but it also entails a lot of sacrifices. I did not know that I will be "sacrificing" earlier than expected. To cut the story short, I got deferred from my schooling, gave up my position, got transferred to area (province) and left the metro. At first, it was really hard for me to leave everything. I mean, hey, this has been my life since I graduated from the academy. I love being workaholic. I love my job. But I think the mother's instinct in me grew stronger as the baby inside of me also grows. 
     Well, so I got assigned in the area. Surprisingly, I found out that it was better staying near my hometown and city while waiting for my baby to arrive. Besides, it is where my support system is located. Here comes July 8, 2011. I gave birth to a healthy baby boy named Marco Quintin aka ECHO. I got teary-eyed when the doctor brought him near to me. It was all worth it. As I see my son grow each day, I just sigh and tell my self, "If I will be given the chance to go back to the past, I do not regret leaving the limelight for him."