Tagged with Zest

Happiness as Possibility

A few weeks ago, I told my students about a prayer that Fr. Ferriols once said in class: “Panginoon: Posibilidad, posibilidad, posibilidad. Amen.” A few days later, after I mentioned Fr. Ferriols’s prayer in class, a former student—who is now my colleague and who has been sitting in my classes (I feel so old!)—lent me a copy … Continue reading

#YOLO

I started this blog to document my pursuit of happiness. But then work happened, and then more work happened, and then, before I recognized it, happiness happened. It’s funny, really, because I had every intention of tracing its progress, my happiness. But when you find yourself already happy, without realizing it, you find yourself caught … Continue reading

Hazey Jackie (I and II)

(Apologies to Nick Drake.) Finally! After weeks of intense work, I now have time to rest. (Insert big smile here.) Instead of days defined by attending consultations and meetings, listening to group presentations and oral exams, checking papers and journal articles, and finishing household chores and responsibilities, my days are now defined by, well, “nothing”: … Continue reading

Enlightenment on Laundry Day

[Originally written on 4 March 2012 at 15h45.] I already got to deliver my last lecture for my PH101-PH102 students this year. In a few days, I’ll be listening to all their final group presentations and final oral exams, as well as checking all their final synthesis papers. My last lecture was pretty straightforward. It … Continue reading

What do comedy, flow, and zest have in common?

Productivity. Yep, you read that right: Productivity. It’s what comedy, flow, and zest have in common. See, a few weeks ago, I got to read Adam Dachis’s contribution to Lifehacker’s “What We Use” series. In it, he identified comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s productivity secret—as software developer Brad Isaac had revealed it—as one of the tips and … Continue reading