Sunday, December 19, 2010


For a Better Way to Live

Search for the seed of good in every adversity. Master that principle and you will own a precious shield that will guard you well through all the darkest valleys you must traverse. Stars may be seen from the bottom of a deep well, when they cannot be discerned from the mountaintop. So will you learn things in adversity that you would never have discovered without trouble. There is always seed of good. Find it and prosper.

They said, we learn more from our mistakes than from our success. True enough, man's nature is that, when one becomes successful then he tends to be complacent – this is where man's virtue (of learning) tends to be idle and tends to rest in slumber. This is perhaps an interesting psychological phenomenon that an easy come success is an easy go success. Because you have nothing to hold on to. There will be no reason strong enough calling you to treasure your success if you haven't failed at least once. Well, I don't mean you have to fail voluntarily or intentionally.

Failures in the form of adversities will teach us more for success. Sometimes adversities will also redirect us from a more conventional way of doing things to a more sophisticated one. God uses this even; God would give you a share of trouble not to trouble you but as a redirection – cause you might be in the wrong place with the right capability.

Always look for the good thing in all unwanted that is happening around.

Speaking of unwanted, I don't know if it's really “unwanted” but one of the most expensive and coveted mineral wonder in the world is the pearl. You might, I presume, knew how it was being formed. Here's how it is formed, “the formation of a natural pearl begins when a foreign substance slips into the oyster between the mantle and the shell, which irritates the mantle. It's kind of like the oyster getting a splinter. The oyster's natural reaction is to cover up that irritant to protect itself. The mantle covers the irritant with layers of the same nacre substance that is used to create the shell. This eventually forms a pearl.” (

The problem with us is that even in times of prosperity or peace we tend to always see scarcity and and trouble – or are just really fault finder? No doubt that it is even harder for us to see good in adversities.

It is said that necessity is the mother of inventions. For without it who would dare spend a lifetime of scheming a way to produce an incandescent lamp to light a dark room? For without adversities who would teach white hat hackers how to defend a web site from the havoc of black hat hackers? For without the adversities of a typhoon who would awaken the spirit of brotherhood and humane faculties of Filipinos who have been affected by it?

Adversities may also teach you to bend a little bit after you have been so obstinate with all the growing ups you've learned. It teaches you to be humble the way it teaches you to become a real man – not cry baby!

One surprising thing about eagle is that they love to stay in the storm! All the birds in the animal kingdom would take shelter in caves and big trees when storm strikes, the eagle would not. The eagle surfs against the storm! They seem to be enjoying the storm instead. They said that this is the time where the eagle trains himself how to soar and hone his agility to hunt for prey. By the way eagles don't fly – they soar! I don't know the difference but I guess there is.

So fly like an eagle in times of adversities – if animals can, why can't you!

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