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THE BUSIER YOU ARE, THE MORE YOU NEED QUIET TIME

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Recent studies are showing that taking time for silence restores the nervous system, helps sustain energy, and conditions our minds to be more adaptive and responsive to the complex environments in which so many of us now live, work, and lead. Cultivating silence increases the chances of encountering novel ideas and information and discerning weak signals.

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LET YOURSELF BE MERCY’D

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For many of us, Lent is particularly associated with repentance and sacrifice. Annie Salvador says that she has always believed that God is constantly blessing us, so if she were to daresay, perhaps in the Season of Lent, to bless us is likewise what He wants to do.

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LENTEN MEDITATION ON POLITICS

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Lent is a time of personal transformation, so it is a time of inwardness. It nonetheless has an outward-turning aspect. Life around us, political life also needs transformation. Love of neighbor starts with direct personal engagement, but it also aspires to a social order more worthy of humanity. And putting God first gives us a perspective on worldly concerns, including politics. James Kalb comments on our motives and how the pervading socio-political affects said transformation.

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HOW TO MANAGE TOP TALENT IN YOUR BUSINESS

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The general view in business is that top-end talent is highly sensitive to and motivated by compensation and that big monetary rewards are key to their management. There is a grain of truth to this — but only a grain. In my 36-year career, I haven’t met a single person truly at the top end of the talent distribution who is highly motivated by compensation. Not one. To produce outstanding organizational performance, you must treat your best people as individuals, find ways to give them opportunities even when bureaucracy gets in your way, and shower them with praise when they succeed. Roger Martin cites examples from his own executive experience .

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TURN YOUR FASTING INTO FEASTING

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It is not enough for us to fast from worthless, evil and distracting things and thoughts that lead us astray from God. Nancy Catan says that we need to take positive steps to set our lives in order; this is turning fasting from the negative into feasting on the positive.

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LENT AND SACRIFICE: WHAT TO DO AND NOT TO DO

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When I was a kid, I was told what to do and what not to do during the season of Lent like: not to play, not to have suroy suroy in the neighborhood, not to laugh out loud during the Holy Week because I might be “gaba-an”. As a BCBP member, coming to know Christ more , I realize that I have to do sacrifices during Lent to be a functioning catholic, to be one with Christ in His sufferings and specially to try to reciprocate.

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