Fear.. Do you understand it? (a reaction to John Maxwell’s blog)

January 13, 2011 at 2:26 pm (Life)

I have lived my life with fears. Most of them hindered me from what I want to do or, worse, what I’m supposed to do. I’ve always been on one side of the railroad track, quietly watching trains pass by… too afraid to find a path where you can ride  aboard, taking me to places I want to go or places I ought to discover.  While contemplating on how to overcome this fear, I’ve come to realize, I don’t really understand what it is. Moreover, I don’t think I understand MYSELF…

Coming across John Maxwell’s post about fear and what it does to you (or what you let fear do to you), I’ve come to realize that the only thing I fear is fear itself, just as what was stated by Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Usually, when I encounter things I’m afraid of or moments that I would, at all costs, avoid all my life, I let fear sink in and succumb to the recesses of fears and absolute failures. Thinking about these fears makes me afraid to take a step back for going back to the past may haunt my future and if I take a step forward, there’s no turning back. But only then will I realize that if  I don’t take risks and overcome my fears, I’d stay exactly where I am… useless.

John Maxwell emphasized the importance of knowing how to turn your fears into an endless queues of possibilities without wallowing about the repercussion of  that decision. Here are some of his tips for controlling our fears

  • Discover the foundation of fear
  • Admit your fears
  • Accept fear as the price of progress
  • Develop a burning desire to overcome fear
  • Focus on what you can control
  • Focus on today
  • Put some wins under your belt
After reading this, I gradually let go of these fears and had a tighter grip on what I want to do in life.
If you wish to read this very inspiring post, go to :
– No Fear 🙂 –

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SLU Centennial (3)

October 10, 2010 at 1:16 pm (SLU Centennial)

Source: http://slu-centennial.blogspot.com/Source: SLU Facebook Page

The SLU Centennial Logo and the SLU Logo.

“The SLU  Logo — The two most dominant colors of  SLU are blue and white. These represent the Marian influence of the founders of the school. In the order of heraldry, white symbolizes the earth and blue symbolizes heaven. The golden cross in the middle of the shield symbolizes the Christian Faith which is a veritable treasure (golden) to Her believers and which the school aims to the four corners of the earth (the four small crosses). Superimposed in the golden cross is the stylized lily that is associated with St. Aloysius Gonzaga, the patron saint of the University. The big sword traversing the shield expresses the vigilance that characterizes the work of education. The rugged mountains that loom behind the sword signify the battlefield in which the school stands in its efforts to shed the Light of Truth in the darkness of ignorance. The motto on the lower part of the seal, Sapienta Aedificat, expresses the belief of the founders that ‘wisdom builds.’ ” -slulhs.net

Source: SLU Facebook Page

Fr. Seraphine de Vesse was one of the founders of the school

SLU main is located at A. Bonifacio St. , Baguio City. The campus has 16 major buildings.

The Burgos Gym is where the intramurals are usually held; It is the largest gym in Baguio City.

Source: SLU Facebook Page

SLU Bakakeng is an extension of SLU main campus. The building is for all of the Accountancy and Bussiness Management students.

SLU-LHS is for the high school students. it was initially built exclusively for boys that’s why it was called boys high. It then became a co-ed school on 2003.

There’s also the SLU-LES building that’s for the elementary students.

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SLU Centennial (2)

October 10, 2010 at 11:22 am (SLU Centennial)

“SLU My home, My school”

“A home is not where you live,but where you’re loved and where they understand you”

We all know that life isn’t always easy because in the first place, it never really was. “The world wouldn’t have great sailors without the waves” — a quote that can reflect on the beauty of life amidst the obstacles. At times, we may think that our lives pull us down, that it’s always unfair, and that happiness is only short lived… but I consider myself lucky for I have lived in a world that shows how the world is just awesome. Yes, I have encountered a lot of obstacles but I know I have my home, SLU, as my inspiration and my light.

Each day, we feel excitement coming to school and there are various reasons why. I mean, imagine those things you could learn each day, all those exciting activities and celebrations, and most importantly, sharing your experiences and spending all your time with your school-mates and teachers. Every recess and lunch, you’d instantly feel frivolous with all the buzz that’s going around. You’d see the happy faces of all the students you see. Some of them are hugging, some of them whispering, some of them laughing out loud, some of them happily sharing stories to each other, and all those sorts of stuff you could think of. You’d also encounter a range of school activities that bring out the utmost creativity in you. One can’t simply stop smiling at the thought…

In our school, we wouldn’t even be familiar with the words boring and uninspiring… everything we have here is surrounded by the words fun learning. Everything from the books to the students is anything BUT boring and uninspiring. We have such exciting activities like intramurals, talent festivals, and the like. If you’re an introvert and you just want to sit and read, you could go to the library where you can find all kinds of books. You could also join various clubs of your choice. We have the Glee Club where you can enhance your vocals, we have the Band where you can show your talent of playing musical instuments, we have the Chess Club, the Girl Scouts of the Phillipines, the Boy Scouts of the Philippines, the Science Club, the Liturgy and Vocation club and all various clubs that you’d like to join. Through this school, our bond as students is really tight. Every single student is respected and given importance to. No one is left behind and no one is taken for granted. The relationship of the mentors to the students isn’t just that, the teachers value their students very much. They guide each and everyone of us to go to the right path leading to success in the road of honesty and true christian spirit.

A school is so much more than just reading, memorizing, and solving. It can help you know yourself more and serve you a better and much brighter future. It molds you with discipline and respect. Most of all, it can show you a true and genuine love that makes you feel special. It can act as your inspiration to success in life.

Saint Louis University– My home and my school… what more can you ask for?

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SLU Centennial

October 9, 2010 at 3:41 pm (SLU Centennial)

“My gift to SLU in its centennial”

“Through our experiences we discover, and through our perseverance, we succeed”

Sanit Louis University- ahh.. The moment I hear it, I feel so happy and grateful.  This institution has helped me in ways of molding myself for the better. It has also helped us enhance our talents and bring out the  best in us.  It gave us the endless thrill of living and learning while strengthening our spirituality and potential.  There are a million other reasons for us to be thankful and that only leaves us thinking how to “give back”.

Our school, Saint Louis University, served as our second home.  We bond as a family and we support each other through thick and thin. Our mentors served as our parents/ guardians that helped us understand who we are and understand the world we live in.  Our school never really asked for anything in return but as the students, we would want to express our gratitude through our talents and actions that would reflect the beauty and education at its finest. Our achievements shall be offered to our school (and of course, our families).

Bringing change can’t take place if you’ve forgotten to change yourself first [for the better]. Therefore, I shall start transformation within myself. Then, I could already head to a  transformation that drives and encourages others to take part in progress and equality amidst the worldly temptations and injustice, a transformation that can bring out the best of who we can be, and serving the world with all honesty and humility.

These actions lead us all to one thing: Success and transformation. Success does not count how much money you have or how famous you are, but of who you are as a person and how you learn to stand up after every fall. On the other hand, transformation doesn’t begin with the world, it begins in you and spread out through the world. It doesn’t necessarily mean that if you didn’t change the world, you didn’t move for transformation or change. The important thing is, you moved, you learned, you taught.. this is what transformation is.  As long as you’re willing to help make a change, you transformed.    This brings us back to where we started– Louisians giving back.

Our school’s centennial logo says: “a light that transforms”. It doesn’t mean that the school is the only one responsible for transformation, but rather, the obligation passes through all of us, Louisians, and through encouragement, we could also convince others to do the same. Through our actions and service to others, we now show that true Louisian spirit.

They say that if we do something good, God gives us something back. It may not be in the same package or it may not be that obvious, but he gives us something more each day.  The same goes through with our mission, SLU taught us something, we give back through fulfilling our mission to the world.

We really do become the light — A light that transforms.

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The Figure

September 26, 2010 at 11:49 am (Me, Myself, and I)

Last night, I got so engrossed thinking about with my “haven” that I rushed out of the house grabbing a coat and fifty bucks (I knew I wouldn’t find some vending machine there.. but who knows right? haha).  The night felt so cold that my exaggerated coat wasn’t helping at all, so I ran faster and faster until I lost track of the road.  I was wondering why my “haven” was nowhere in sight. I suddenly got scared..  scared of what may happen… scared of how to go back… scared of what I should do.   I stayed in my spot, closed my eyes, and completely dissolved into nothingness.  I wasn’t sure what happened next, but when I opened my eyes, I was facing a beautiful, beautiful river. The refreshing smell of lemon grass filled my lungs.   The next thing I knew, I was crying. Unsure of what the reason was.   All of the anxieties was completely forgotten.   The flowers that were surrounding me were so exhilarating that I wasn’t sure if it was real… if I was only living inside a fantasy at that very moment.   I felt so fragile.  Anything can happen in this vast space, and I wouldn’t know where to go or what to do.  Suddenly, I saw this figure walking towards me.   I was shaking.  The figure wasn’t too far away now, but I can’t seem to move.  The only thing I could do was close my eyes, and I did.  I hugged my knees and stayed still. After a few moments, I can feel somebody else’ presence.   He sat beside me… I can feel his shoulders touching mine and it made me, somehow, feel comfortable.   It was so quiet that I the only things we can hear were our breaths and the whispers of our shoulders.   After a few moments, I heard him whisper: “Do something while you can. The world isn’t moving going to wait for you. Just trust yourself and everything will fall into place.”

I opened my eyes… I was in my room, and the sun was peeking behind the clouds.  It was all just a dream…  but it knew it wasn’t JUST A DREAM.

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My Haven

September 25, 2010 at 8:50 am (Me, Myself, and I)

travel vb -eled or -elling: 1 a:  To go from one place to another, as on a trip; journey.

Since young, I always have always loved to travel, even if it means going to the nearest ghost town (take that both literally and figuratively).  Most people, when they hear this word, would think of a wonderful scenery, the soothing music that only the water against the rocks could make, or the adventure that only goes for once in a lifetime. But for me, traveling is all about acquiring more knowledge..to live under a world of the unknown patiently waiting to be exposed and be uncovered.

Allow me to show you a little sneak peak of my haven. It’s usually where I release all the stress (although, when I get there, all the problems are automatically forgotten..) and at times where I just want to be alone to re-think.


Photographed By: Sara Tee
Before, when I feel somewhat dejected,  I gorge in boxes and boxes of chocolate and sulk in my room watching drama with my cat… okay, that’s a bit over exaggerated.     But what I really do is wait until everyone’s fast asleep and I’m all alone in my room stuck in the recesses of darkness and despair waiting for the moment where I can just let all my emotions run through… until I came across this place where I can rarely see people go by… a place where you could just feel a little taste of heaven along with all the “alone-ness” you can ever want.

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