Lifegoal: Becoming a better version of yourself

”Better” means stronger, kinder, wiser

Don’t think of improvement solely in terms of objective measures of performance

By Brad StulbergBradStulberg.com

So don’t bother comparing yourself to others. Compare yourself to prior versions of yourself. When you do, ask if you’ve gotten better. Are you stronger, kinder, and wiser than we were before?

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A Madrasah in Zamboanga: a place where girls can learn, play, and laugh

Weekends are usually resting days for most of us, but in the mornings in Zamboanga del Sur that is the time when one could easily notice groups of girls in hijab, sometimes with their mothers, walking not to frolic but to go school. The madrasah in Zamboanga del Sur is a not-for-profit learning center for anyone (yes, even for non-muslims) to learn arabic. Many of the children who study here are from farming families in nearby communities. Noticeable is that many of the students are girls.

Madrasah In Zamboanga

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Children play during break from class. They take arabic language lessons on weekends in an islamic school in Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur, south of the Philippines.September 6, 2015.
A teacher presides over a language class in Zamboaga
Children take arabic language lessons during the weekend in an islamic school in Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur, south of the Philippines.September 6, 2015

 

Harvest time

Harvest time in Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur involves the family and relatives. They sell their harvest so they could buy rice and other necessities, they said.

A woman selling fruits along the highway in Molave, Zamboanga del Sur

Woman drying fish to sell in the market at the beach in Zamboanga del Sur

Twice Relocated Samal Family

This family of Samal ethnicity originated from Sulu. Because of the ongoing war in their native home, they transferred to Pagadian where they set up their home along the shore line of Moro Bay, only to be razed down by fire. Rumors say that it was to get rid of the squatters, who among them are Badjaos, to make way for the construction of a boulevard. Where fishing as their main source of livelihood, they found the beach side of Tukuran as their new home. 31 August 2015.

Hacienda Looc

Hacineda Looc

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The Concept of Time: Talks with a Dumagat Woman in Quezon Province and Badjao Women in Leyte

A young Dumagat mother with her children at a beach in Gen. Nakar, Quezon Province as her tribe gathered to celebrate an annual festival.

The weather did not permit us to go to a sacred cave where the ritual was supposed to be performed. So instead they set up a camp along the beach where they also cooked food and pitched tents to rest. I noticed this young mother carrying a baby while other small children, about 4 more, clinging to her dress. I asked to take their photograph. I asked how young she is and the ages of her children. She said she does not know or when exactly her baby and the rest of her children were born.

The concept of time seems to be very abstract to her. And I realised this when I went to Leyte and encountered the Badjaos. They also seem to have no concept of time beyond the present.

 

Nazareno 2014

Nazareno 2013

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