Monthly Archives: December 2014

What Have You Learned This Past Year?

A single day can offer multiple lessons. When you consider this, it’s amazing to realize what an entire year can bring.

Amidst 365 days, you’ve probably experienced all the human emotions this world has to offer. A mixture of happiness, satisfaction, love, regret, pain, disappointment, depression, and whatnot, have all crossed your path one way or the other. A year is too long and at the same time too short not to experience everything you needed to experience.

From these wide range of experiences, we all learn.

We learn to be a little bit more cautious when trusting people. We acquire skills we never thought we could through our work. We rekindle passions and yearnings in life that we thought were long gone as we grew older. We learn, we develop, and most importantly, we grow.

On one hand, it may be difficult to pause and reflect everything that’s happened to you in one year. Some keep a journal or maybe even a blog, but somehow, no one can truly capture a year’s worth of experiences. Instead we remember moments and the emotions that stick to them. We remember them not just for this year, but these are memories that we will remember for many years to come.

It’s okay to forget the details. What’s essential are the lessons we’ve learned along the way. This may all sound cliché, but you have to admit the learnings we’ve all gathered do mean something. We might have forgotten the exact day or the time, but we won’t forget who we were with or what we felt when we were with those people.

As we move forward into another year, now is the time to look at the lessons we’ve learned, and think of ways on how to apply them moving forward. This isn’t merely undertaking a New Year’s resolution or a vow or anything (although those will help), but the way you approach the upcoming year’s challenges will be a testament if you’ve learned your lesson or not. Inevitably, you will fall. In the same way, you will also grow and rise from your mistakes and failures. The unending cycle of learning will not or should not cease.

As humans, we continue to grow, we continue to move forward.

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What’s Your Season Finale?

All the good TV show nowadays have a season finale. With the season finale, the series can have its closure, its climax or a turning point, or it can even breed new scenarios and possibilities for the upcoming season. We’ve probably all experienced the joy, sadness, suspense, and excitement of watching a TV show’s season finale.

In a way, the end of a year can be a season finale. Every human being in the entire planet can experience a LOT of things over the course of a single year. You may not notice it, you may not even admit it, but a lot has happened to you this year. Think about it. Even if you’ve been doing the same thing or being in the same job the past couple of months, you can’t say that the same thing exactly happened, right? I don’t think it’s possible at all. Things change, people change, and your own self has changed.

With the New Year upon is, what can you expect in your personal life in the next two weeks? Will you end on a good note? A sour one? One filled with redemption or forgiveness? There are a bunch of possibilities and it’s up to you to reflect and think what this past year has given you.

We all know time moves quickly, but we mustn’t forget to pause and reflect. The holidays is the perfect time to think about what you’ve gone through the past year. Think of all the hurt, pain, as well as the joy and happiness that you experienced.

The thing about season finales is that there’s always the next season. We’re not taking about a series finale or anything like that. One season can end but a new season is waiting right around the corner. Sometimes we just have to accept all the things we’ve gone through in the year and prepare for the next one.

It’s up to you to make your season finale of 2014 memorable.

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How Do You Keep The Faith?

Faith is the battle between what you believe in against what you don’t believe in. It’s a challenge between what’s going on with your mind and what’s happening right in front of you. It’s a struggle between what you see with your eyes and what you want to see with your heart. Faith is what you believe in despite everything else inside of you telling otherwise.

A friend recently asked me if I had doubts with my faith. You see, the thing about faith is that since it’s something intangible, it can disappear too. There is truth that faith can be tough like a rock – strong and sturdy – but things can happen to you that will allow it to crumble and fall.

Faith can be whatever you want to believe in. Faith in God, in people, or in yourself are all different factions of faith. Since it’s subjective, nobody can tell you what you should believe in or not. People can however guide you and help you find what you’re looking for.

The friend who asked me about faith told me not to give up. We haven’t seen each other for more than a year and have probably spoken only a handful of times the past year. Still, she urged me that in whatever I’m going through that I shouldn’t give up.

How do you keep it? How do you believe in the unknown when the things known to you are the exact opposite? How do you persevere through difficult situations in your life?

Honestly, I still don’t know how to keep it. What’s even more difficult is trying to keep it when the situation you’re in doesn’t change. Faith can’t be circumstantial in a sense that you can’t waver in your beliefs or morals just because things don’t go your way. That wouldn’t be faith right?

What you can do is continue to try. Believing to believe is a step. Believing that there has got to be more to life than this, is still something. To try to have faith is not as good as having a strong foundation in your faith, but it’s still worth trying.

Faith is still worth trying to save.

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