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Si Jose ay may-ari ng isang popular at malaking restaurant sa kanilang siyudad. Meron siyang isang kusinero na ang pagkaalam niya ay retirado sa military service, si Juan. Masipag si Juan at magaling magluto na isa sa dahilan kung bakit dinadagsa ang kaniyang restaurant. Ang isang problema lang kay Juan ay madala na malate sa trabaho.

Isang araw, nagdesisyon si Jose na kausapin si Juan dahil sa naapektuhan na ng pagiging late nito ang kanilang schedule sa restaurant.

JOSE: Juan, gusto kitang empleyado. Masarap ang mga luto mo. Very efficient ka at organized sa kusina at napakasipa. Ang hindi ko lang gusto sa iyo ay ang pagpasok mo madalas ng late. Puwede mo bang gawan ng paraan ang problemang iyan?
JUAN: Ipagpaumanhin po ninyo Sir. Hayaan ninyo sisikapin kong lagi na pumasok on time. Salamat po sir sa paalala.
JOSE: Salamat naman. I’ve very much pleased to hear that. Alam ko team player ka, na natutuhan mo nung ikaw ay nasa serbisyo pa. By the way, ano ang sinasabi ng mga kasamahan mo sa military pag nalilate ka pagpasok?
JUAN: Good morning General!!

Tayong mga pinoy ay mga kilabot pagdating sa pagiging punctual. Kaya nga me tinawag na Filipino Time ay dahil ating lack of appreciation regarding punctuality. Tignan na lang natin kung paano ang ilang mararangal na tao ay hindi nagseryoso tungkol sa punctuality.

“The trouble with being punctual is that nobody’s there to appreciate it.” – Franklin Jones
“I am a believer in punctuality though it makes me very lonely.” – E. V. Verrall
“Laugh and the world laughs with you, be prompt and you dine alone.” – Gerald Barzan

Meron namang binibigyan ng kahalagan ang punctuality     

“I give it as my deliberate and solemn conviction that the individual who is habitually tardy in meeting  an appointment will never be respected or successful in life.” – W. Fisk
“Punctuality is the soul of business.” – Thomas C. Haliburton
“I owe all my success in life to having been always a quarter of an hour before my time.” – Lord Nelson

Kung ikaw ay laging late sa appointments o trabaho, ikaw ay gumagawa ng mga sumusunod:

  1. Ninanakaw mo ang oras ng iba
  2. Wala kang respeto sa ka appointment mo, no amount of sorry can heal the harm done
  3. Ito ay paglabag sa Golden Rule – “We treat others as we would want to be treated” (Mat 7:12
  4. Missed opportunities – “Tardiness often robs us opportunity, and the dispatch our forces.” – Niccolo Machiavelli

Being punctual earns the respect of our colleagues, friends and all the other people. Being punctual makes us better professionals, better persons.

Sabi nga ni Freeman Hunt: “The best-laid plans, the most important affairs, the fortunes of individuals, the weal of nations, honor, life itself, are daily sacrificed because somebody is ‘behind time.’ There are men who always fail in whatever they undertake simply because they are ‘behind time.’ There are others who put off reformation year by year, till death seizes them; and they perish unrepentant, because for ever ‘behind time.’ Five minutes in a crisis is worth years. It is but a little period, yet it has often saved a fortune or redeemed a people. If there is one virtue that should be cultivated more than another by him who would succeed in life, it is punctuality; if there is one error that should be avoided, it is being ‘behind time.'”

Being punctual means having discipline, not power. Having the will, not arrogance. Having the insatiable drive to improve, not indolence. Being punctual means being a Leader.

I remember a colleague here, a manager in one department, a kababayan pa naman, when he was asked why he always comes to work late, he replied: “I am a manager. That is my priveledge.”

Warped thinking. Mongoloid attitude.

Regarding punctuality, God said: “Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things.” – 2 Timoteo 2:7  

Teka, anong oras na ba?

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“Cause he gets up in the morning. And he goes to work at nine. And he comes back home at five-thirty. Gets the same train every time. Cause his world is built round punctuality. It never fails.” – (Kinks)

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