Embracing challenges

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WE’RE on the second week of the new year, and, as I write this, the sun shines brightly, apparently sending a message of hope hours after this part of the earth was shaken by a 6 magnitude earthquake.

A new year certainly brings new challenges and exciting opportunities. That is why many of us make new year’s resolutions before the old year fades even if some of these resolutions turn out to be impossible to attain, or have been on the list for the umpteenth time and always end up being forgotten as days and months pass by.

Resolutions motivate us to change, to evolve, and to become something more than what we were in the past. New year, new beginnings, new challenges. The challenge is how to embrace these challenges for improvement.

Many of us kick-start the new year with the goal of losing weight to get fit after feasting during holiday parties and family reunions.


Sometimes, setting New Year’s resolutions can leave you disappointed, but it can also push you to succeed. It all depends on how you embrace your own challenges.

While I seemed to have started off 2015 on the wrong foot, I remain hopeful for great things to come in the year ahead.

I welcomed the new year sneezing and coughing profusely. The thick smoke from the neighbors’ pyrotechnics triggered a rhinitis attack that kept me in bed for two days.

I know that many other Filipinos are similarly situated, and commuting in heavy traffic under thick polluted air worsen our condition.

At work, the first working day was a bit depressing. Only a fifth of attendees turned up to an assembly that was announced and reminded about at every opportunity. The low turnout justifies the first item in the agenda: discipline.

I could not access my electronic files stored in my external hard drive, and this has been causing too much stress.

And before the first week was over, a dear friend succumbed to cardiac arrest brought about by pneumonia. He was only 36 years old, and the family breadwinner. The early death of Jeffrey Valisno, a reporter and sub-editor of BusinessWorld, made his friends realize that life can indeed be short, but no matter how short it is, we can still make it sweet and meaningful.

How do you live a meaningful life? Try to Google it and you will be confronted with many suggestions on how to make your life more meaningful.

My apologies for a shorter column piece this week than my usual length because incessant coughing still inconveniences me. The challenge I face now is to get rest to be ready for the coming week’s hectic schedule.

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