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DA CALABARZON employees find joy in public service

It was a day full of inspiration and enjoyment as officials and employees of the Department of Agriculture Region IV CALABARZON joined together to hear a motivational talk about finding joy in public service held on December 11, 2018 at Tanza Oasis Hotel and Resort in Cavite.

In his message, Regional Director Arnel V. de Mesa said that the occasion is a good chance for each and every one to give thanks and celebrate what the regional office had accomplished and attained throughout the year. “…I’m happy that I’ve been part of this organization – working and serving the country with competitive people…Let’s always find beauty, opportunity, and challenge in every thing we do…and no matter what happened, keep in mind that we are on the same level,” he added.

Michael Angelo F. Lobrin, a prolific and sought-after inspirational speaker, emphasized ways for the participants to find joy in serving the public and what he called the three gifts of Christmas: 1) humility, 2) gratefulness, and 3) focus.

To be humble while still enjoying success, he said, “Listen more, talk less…show appreciation…know you won’t always be on top…admit when you’ve made a mistake…welcome criticism…”

“Change your paradigm of thinking. Expressing sincere gratitude for every thing you have in your life makes you feel happier. Develop an attitude of gratitude on a daily basis by looking for things to appreciate, slow down and savor an everyday experience, show other people you appreciate them, and be grateful when doing something mundane,” Brother Michael explained.

According to Lobrin, staying focused while at work is a matter of building good habits. So, he encouraged every one to, “Set clear goals, practice not being distracted, pay attention to yourself…don’t lose the focus of your passion.”

“Invest in goodness not just in excellence, efficiency, and intelligence. Always hold on together,” he concluded.

Over 700 participants enjoyed and were moved by the talk. • ARC