MY MESSAGE FOR THE BACCALAUREATE AT MISAMIS ORIENTAL GENERAL COMPREHENSIVE HIGH SCHOOL
29:11”For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans
to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a
Ours is a fast-paced society. People are
always on the go, rushing to do things quickly. We want to accomplish
things and even squeeze our schedules to fit in our mountains of tasks.
We want things to be done quickly & even instantly. To wait
means to waste time. We have now instant coffee, instant juice, instant
milk, instant nanny, and instant boyfriend/girlfriend to meet the demand
of our time. People are thinking that the more things we can do the
more accomplishments we have. But that is not always the case.
Accomplishments and tasks done will not always equal to success in life.
The downside of this is that our society is on the brink of forgetting
the essentials of life, the important things to appreciate and be
thankful. That’s why we need to slow down, take a WALK and see the
beauty of life, of God’s creation and live life to the fullest. But what
do we need to do?
TAKE A WALK: When you walk, you
quite literally see more. Your field of vision is nearly 180 degrees,
compared to 40 degrees when you’re traveling at 100kph. Higher speeds
blur our peripheral vision, whereas walking actually broadens your
canvas and dramatically shifts the objects of your attention.
WILLINGNESS – Be passionate about life.
the attitude of willingness. Somebody said, “If there’s a will, there’s
a way.” If you have the will to win, you have achieved half your
success; if you don’t, you have achieved half your failure. – David
A. Be willing to learn – If we stop being ignorant every day, we stop learning. – HIGH SCHOOL PA LANG…DAGHAN PA ANG MOSUNOD.
Be willing to take risks – Take risks: if you win, you will be happy;
if you lose, you will be wise. ~Author Unknown. “Many small people, in
many small places, do many small things that can alter the face of the
C. Be willing to set a goal – “The tragedy in life doesn’t
lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to
reach.” – Benjamin Mays. The purpose of life is a life of purpose. -
D. Be willing to inspire others – Character is what
inspires others. “Character is like a tree and reputation like its
shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” –
E. Be willing to pay the price – “You can have everything in this world but no one will give it to you for free.” Pat Riley
ILLUSTRATION: THE STORY OF SEN. JUAN PONCE ENRILE
ALLOW A ROOM FOR MISTAKES.
is not perfect in fact the truth is life is unfair! We all make
mistakes and if we don’t have the right perception on failure then we
become discouraged and stop living. Failures are just temporary
setbacks; we can always choose to stand up every time we fall down.
Confucius said, “Our greatest glory is in never failing, but in rising
every time we fall.”
Michael Jordan on failure: “I can
accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not
trying. I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost
300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shots and
missed. I’ve failed over, and over and over again in my life. And that
is why I succeed.”
Never fear failure; fear not trying,
fear not giving your best, fear losing focus, but never fear failure.
Failure is the path to success. Failure is the sign that you’re headed
in the right direction.
To succeed twice as fast, fail
twice as much. Fail often, fail daily, and soon you will succeed. Jordan
said, “I’ve never been afraid to fail.”
NEVER GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS. NEVER QUIT. QUITTERS NEVER WIN AND WINNERS NEVER QUIT.
LEARN TO LOVE.
makes the world go round. It is the essence of life. Without it life is
nothing but a routine. Take a walk and realize that there’s more to
love in life. This is one thing that many of us failed to understand.
your family. Never underestimate the importance of the basic unit of
society. Our family is our refuge. It is where we learn love, sacrifice,
understanding, and cooperation.
Love your friends. Hang out with
those who will inspire you to be more productive, to be useful in your
life, to help you reach your goal.
Love your schooling. Education takes a lifetime.
Love your Teachers. There work is nobler than you can think.
Love God above all.
KNOW THAT GOD IS EVERYTHING IN LIFE.
today believe that fame, gold and glory are the most important thing in
live. But they fail to recognize the Giver of life, our GOD! Without
God man will cease to exist! Men will become heartless zombies, dead to
our ambitions and selfish desires, all bound to utter destruction.
THE PARADOX (irony, contradictions) OF OUR TIME:
paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but
shorter tempers, wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more,
but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and
smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees
but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet
more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.
drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little,
drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read
too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom. We have multiplied
our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too
seldom, and hate too often.
We've learned how to make a
living, but not a life. We've added years to life not life to years.
We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing
the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not
inner space. We've done larger things, but not better things.
cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We've conquered the atom,
but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but
accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more
computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever,
but we communicate less and less.
These are the times
of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep
profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but
more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick
trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands,
overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to
kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and
nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter
to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight or
just ignore it.
Remember spend some time with your
loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever. Remember,
say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that
little person soon will grow up and leave your side. Remember, to give a
warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you
can give with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent. Remember, to say,
"I love you" to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean
it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside
of you. Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that
person will not be there again. Give time to love, give time to speak,
and give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.