I commute daily to work and I get to witness different stories of people. Of course I have my own stories too. :)
This morning, when I handed over my fare to the driver, he asked, "Estudyante?" (Student?). I couldn't blame him for asking because with a backpack and my gray polo shirt and black jeans attire, I really look like a TIP student. Haha. I politely said, "Hindi po." (No.)
But then I realized, I actually am a student. :) Just last Monday, Lawrence and I talked about it - being a student of life. Education doesn't end with a diploma and isn't only acquired in the university. In fact, most of the hardcore life lessons are presented to us not in textbooks nor in any other material resource, but in our very experiences. We learn from every person we encounter, every difficulty we face, every trial we overcome, every temptation we resist, and every victory we win every single day.
Therefore, we are and will always be students of life. We are students for life. We can never claim knowledge of everything. Though it's often said that wisdom and maturity come with age, there's still a lot to learn. One lifetime can never be enough to know everything.
That's why in the tenth talk of the Christian Life Program, it is said that we are still "babies for Christ." Because that's what we truly are. Unless we realize that, we will never be open to new learnings, corrections, and suggestions for improvement; we will never grow.
If we really want to be the best that we can be, we must be humble enough to accept the fact that no matter how great our achievements are, we are still students.
I'll end this post with my recent realization:
Learn the art of waiting. Realize that it's not just about you. Real love is patient. That's why patience is a virtue. If we only think of what others had to go through, what they had to sacrifice, we wouldn't complain and demand. We would appreciate their efforts and be grateful that we are not as uncomfortable as they are.
Live. Learn. Grow. Appreciate. Love. ♥
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