Wednesday, October 29, 2003

Some Thoughts to Live By...


Do not undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others.
It is because we are different that each of us is special.

Do not set your goals by what other people deem important.
Only you know what is best for you.

Do not take for granted the things closest to your heart.
Cling to them as you would your life,
For without them, life is meaningless.

Do not let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past
Nor in the future.

By living your life one day at a time,
You live all the days of your life.

Do not give up when you still have something to give.
Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying.

It is a fragile thread that binds us to each other.

Do not be afraid to encounter risks.
It is by taking chances; that we learn how to be brave.

Do not shut love out of your life by saying it is impossible to find.
The quickest way to receive love is to give love;
The fastest way to lose love is to hold it too tightly.

Do not dismiss your dreams.
To be without dreams is to be without hope;
To be without hope is to be without purpose.

Do not run through life so fast
That you forget not only where you have been,
But also where you are going.

Life is not a race, but a journey to be savored each step of the way.



Never be awful to anyone, that person you were awful to may teach you the most.

Always are a somebody, God didn't take the time to create a nobody.

Always smile, you never know whose day you might be making.

Never 'forget' to say hi to anyone, never miss the chance to laugh or smile, never get
too caught up in yourself that you forget to help others.

Never forget that you aren't the only one with problems, and most of all...never forget
that when you feel like you only have one friend, that friend will remind you of all the others.

If you forget about all the bad things in life, the good will take over.

If fear is staring you in the face, close your eyes so you don't have to look at it.

Be yourself, you can't be anyone else...The best you can be is you!



It's 5:00 o'clock in the morning; the alarm sets off. You get out of bed.
You take a bath. You have your breakfast. You leave the house.
You're ready to face another working day. Or are you?

When I was a kid, I would ask my mom why she and my father had to work.
She would always tell me that they had to, so we could have the money to buy food,
to pay for the bills, to pay for our schooling (we come from a middle income family).
Both my parents worked but I'm really grateful to God; that in spite of that,
we were never lacking in love, time, nor care from our parents.

As a matter of fact, my brothers and I grew up to be responsible individuals
because our parents really took care of us. Although they were at the office
5 days a week from 8:00am to 5:00pm, they still found time to look after us,
and teach us our lessons in the evening.

They made sure that we did our homework. They didn't pressure us to aspire
for honors, but we were motivated enough to study hard so we'd get good grades.
It was our way of repaying our parents who never complained about working.
I guess fate has been really good to my brothers and me because, modesty aside,
all of us managed to land in the top of our respective classes.

My parents taught me that one has to work in order for him to live a good life.
They stressed, however, that this should not be taken as having to live just to work!
They said that work should only be a part of life and it should not occupy one's whole existence.

And they lived this philosophy. At the end of the work day, they would leave all their
work-related problems in the office so that at home they could be devoted to us 100%, no less.

I must say that agree with them. To this day, I still hear their message that work
should be just a part of life and not life itself. I pity those people who have their
way in this game called life. They have forgotten how to really live because they
work too hard.

There' nothing wrong with striving at work, but people must watch out for signs
that they have begun to work themselves to death. Remember that anything in
excess is bad. Maybe, they want to achieve something badly, that's why they work
so hard. But I believe that success in the workplace doesn't always bring happiness.

To be successful means that you have to sacrifice some things and sometimes,
you end up sacrificing your family, your friends, your life;
you achieve your professional goals, but you lose yourself.
Then you wonder if the loss is worth the gain.

Everybody's wish, in this world, is happiness and there are many ways to be happy.
But when we work too hard or worry too much, we often forget that the
simple things in life are those that make us happy --- a call from a friend,
a smile from a stranger, the sight of a lovely flower, a surprise gift,
a filling meal, a pat on the back, etc. It doesn't require much to get these gifts.
These gifts are for free, but they provide immeasurable happiness.

Work to live and not live to work. Find time for yourself, for your family,
for your friends. Keep in mind that your priority is your loved ones,
and not your work. Everybody deserves to be happy and I hope that
everyone grows old without any regret in life.

I hope each of us will have a smile on our faces when we reminisce
the old times, I hope that everyone finds living exciting, wonderful.
It is my wish that we would all find the time to do the things that really matter most.

Let us work hard, not purely for our professional goals, but for a better life.

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