Sunday, March 17, 2013

Baccalaureate Message : W.A.L.K. and Appreciate Life


JEREMIAH 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 future.”

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.
Have 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 Ambrose
A. Be willing to learn – If we stop being ignorant every day, we stop learning. – HIGH SCHOOL PA LANG…DAGHAN PA ANG MOSUNOD.
B. 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 world.”
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. - Robert Byrne
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.” – Abraham Lincoln
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


Life 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.”


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.

Love 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.

Many 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:
The 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.

We 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.

We've 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.