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Living with Nature While Working From Home - An Eye Opener for Us Filipino Workers

It's the job that enable us to bring food on our table - to our family, for ourselves. It's the job that help us pay our bills and financial obligations. It's our job that make us feel we belong to the society - of earners, workers, business owners, investors.

But are you happy with that job?

Me Working from Home

I mean, honestly, do you feel the worth of hardships and sacrifices going to and from the workplace? Would you say "I love my job?".

(This is how hard working is nowadays: A Day in the Life of Juan dela Cruz, a Filipino Commuter)

I got you. We need to work to live and therefore, it's the job that we really need.

But, would you be surprised if I tell you there is always happiness we can find while fulfilling our job duties and responsibilities? The same holds true in studying, doing business, even working far away from our love ones. It's no secret but it is simply this.

Work with nature.

Learn with nature.

Live with nature.

My Home at the Center of Nature

How's it done? While it is easier said than done at the initial stage of adjustment, the next stages would be about happiness and more happiness while we're on that job.

If you're working in the city, the first thing I would advise you is visit the park nearest to you tomorrow before work. If the park is too far, find a nearby place where there are trees and grasses. Lucky you are if you see birds and butterflies. Stop there for a while, maybe fifteen to thirty minutes.

Just stare at nature - that's what you all have to do!

Our Dogs Staring at Nature

Nature heals. And trust me, if you whisper to nature what you have in mind, nature listens. Quite mind boggling that statement is, rhetoric in way, but you'll find out sooner or later why nature can be your best companion.

(Here's a good read on how to spend your time with nature: Beautiful Life in the Philippines in These Times of Pandemic)

Let's get into this more sensibly.

Next thing, have a plant in a pot. Buy it, grab it, plant it your own. Whatever it takes, have a plant. After work, water it. Before work, breathe out to it. Grow it while you are attending to the most stressful, hateful responsibility in this world - your job! Now, have another plant. Carry on, until you already have a garden of your own right in front of you -  a month after or maybe a year.

Remember! All these activities are being done while you're into your job.

Me Looking at Nature with a Cup of Coffee

That moment will come for sure. That you will say to your self "I want to plant more". And the funny thing when that time comes is:

You have a job!

Now, you'll start to realize this. Hmm, I have the money to plant more. I have the money to be with nature more. I think I can split a portion of my income visiting a farm so I can discover more about nature.

And great! I have a job.

Well, along the process, you can still go with your interest, with your hobby, that thing you really want to do. You can become a gamer. You can ride your bike. You can pursue you investment plans. You can put up a business you always dream of. But hey, nature. Nature is that bridge in between. Nature is that advisor that can provide you better ideas. Nature will be the mediator.

Nature is just there - to guide you on your job.

Look How Powerful Nature Is

As a Filipino worker, if you want to be better in what you do, nature has the answer. In nature is where you will find great ideas. In nature is where you can discover ways and means to proceed. Literally, if you see, touch and feel nature, it will guide you all the way.

Tomorrow, it's Monday again. Time to work again. That tiring job again. Those co-workers and bosses again, people you want to see the least, maybe.

But here's an eye opener!

If you aim to improve your life starting from the bottom, try bringing with you the power of nature. We're all heading there actually. We want to purchase a piece of land - a part of nature. We want to build a house - materials of which comes from nature. We want to have that car - which we will drive along with nature. We will definitely get married, have our own children, a natural process of nature.

It's Nature that Makes Us Happy

To the next level, working while with nature, that so called "WFH", it's fulfilling. I've experienced it. I'm loving it. I'm into it. And how you can do it? Remember, start having a plant in a pot.

(How I started to love nature, have a quick read of this: I am Planting for the Economy of the Philippines – "Para sa Ekonomiya")

Work with Nature - Whenever Opportunity Knocks

I encourage you to work from home with nature. If your company allows WFH, bring that job with nature. Find a way, make it happen. It's way way better than  having a five-digit salary. Working with nature? That's ten times better than receiving praises and recognitions from your bosses. A hundred fold relaxing than flying to Disneyland.

From my experience working with nature, it's totally forgetting everything while making your hands wet and dirty. Problems are gone for some time, while I'm busy with my plants and dogs. While sweat is running out under the heat of the sun, you'll feel energized and inspired. While you're seeing those plants sprouting to life, goodness, I feel blessed and empowered. When you happened to taste that very first fruit or vegetable harvested from your garden, I felt overwhelmed. Was that me who planted it?

You connected with nature, experience it yourself and see.

Working with Nature is Planting for Nature

Haven't seen nature yet? Here you go seeing me working more with nature.

Me and my Wife Ready to Plant

Me Ready to Cook What Nature Provides

The Making of the Hottest Chili

My co-Filipino worker, here and abroad, best of luck on your job. Stay safe as always. See you with nature.

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Tell the world there are hardworking, peace loving, kind, smart and happy Filipinos living in the land known as the Philippines. This is what this blog is all about. Disseminate the information that Philippines is a great country to visit, to invest. Let everyone knows Filipinos are here to serve at our best in terms of work. We are happy to accept that job that helps us improve our lives.

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Here's a must read post about our life in the farm: Simple Life at JN Farm Garden: One Year After Update.


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