Dedicated to me and to the CBCS Family and Friends.

As we journey in our existence, we learned many lessons in life. We passed through different life experiences: happiness, anxieties, stress, dilemma, worries, depression, etc. Nobody is an exemption. We live with people and are happy to have good relationship with them. But we also lost friends and loved ones and people who touched our lives. I lost colleagues and many others who were with us from the beginning. Life is indeed ironic. It takes sadness to know happiness and absence to value presence. The people you most think about are the ones you love or the ones who cause you pain and sometimes we never truly value a moment before it becomes a distant memory.

Lessons learned. Never get too attached to people or a person unless they, he/she feels the same towards you because one-sided expectation can mentally destroy you. Don’t trust people whose feelings change with time. Trust people whose feelings remain even when the time changes. Sorry can heal mistakes but not when trust is broken. It is because while forgiving is easy, forgetting and trusting again is difficult.

I learn to accept failures. I failed many times, in the past and even now. In running the organization, I failed miserably. I have expected things to happen the way I wanted them but things do not always happen the way you want them to be. Realizing that I can not gain from stressing and worrying on things I can not change, I learned to accept and not to expect. Peace begins when expectations end.

Looking for peace, I realized that to be kind is more important than to be right. I always insist that I am right and I don’t listen to others, but many times what people need is not a brilliant mind but a special heart that listens. So I learned the lesson not to strive to make my presence noticed but make my absence felt.

Sadly enough, sometimes we are attracted to people who do not value us. And so I learn again a lesson that peace arises only whenever you let something go and that nothing will bring me greater peace than minding my own business.

Losing no hope, I believe that sunset, where people influx to witness the ultimate meeting of light and darkness, is a proof that endings can be beautiful. So, we must enjoy life like how we enjoy ice cream and make the best out of it before the sun sets or before the ice cream melts.

“ To my dearest CBCS family and friends, I am not what you think I am, but you are what you think I am.” Like you and anyone else, I have my own set of happy and sad moments, weaknesses, failures, frustrations and disappointments. On one hand, what makes me sad is when I am not able to meet your expectations. It makes me sad when I am not able fulfill my promises and make you all smile. It makes me frown when you ignore me as if I don’t exist. I lose my self-respect.
On the other hand, what makes me happy is when I see you sharing your smiles at me even if I am the reason why you are sad. What makes me happy is when we learn the wisdom of journeying together because we know we will go far. Happiness is not only a state of mind but also the art of working together.

Thank you to all of you who vowed to stick it out: “to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness or in health, to love and to cherish, till death brings us back to life again.

I wish that everyone spends their lives like a candle that gives light before it melts.