Thoughts on Value

My Wish For You

I normally write a birthday blog but I did not make the time yesterday. I’ve come to realize that my dad was right when he told me, “Everyone has the same amount of time, 24 hours. If you don’t have time for something it’s because you didn’t MAKE time for it.” It’s good to accept this and learn how to MAKE time for the right things.

Now, I’m MAKING time to make-up for my blog instead of sleeping since I only have a few hours anyway until I have to wake-up, get dressed, and catch a flight to Davao for the inauguration of theΒ Habitat for Humanity office there.

One of the most rewarding experiences of my life has been my involvement with Habitat for Humanity. How a 23 year old upstart with little experience and no money found himself on the board of a respected foundation is still something I consider a miracle, and I thank God for it over and over. I can’t begin to tell you how much I have learned, how wonderful the people I’ve met, and how satisfying it is to be part of something that brings the poor and the vulnerable into communities and homes.

You see, when we draw someone into community, you don’t just give him or her a spot or a lot, you give them an identity. You give them dignity.

This is why the community you keep will determine the dignity you enjoy.Β 

That’s a different topic for a different day.

– On the way to the airport –
On my birthday, I want to make my wish for you, and it is this:

May you find joy in passionately pursuing your life’s values and may they thrive in your life.

– At the airport –
When I say “passionately pursue” I mean “deliberately seeking something to the point of suffering”.

Why would I want anyone to suffer?

I don’t.

I do understand that nothing great is achieved and no deep experience is entered without passion – and passion means to love something or someone so much, to want more and more of it, that you give more and more of yourself to it – you suffer in order that it may thrive.

All the most successful people in different fields paid a price to get to where they are. Commitment is paying that price no matter what. Wisdom is knowing how to pay that price. Diligence is how we pay the price. Passion is the desire to pay the price.

Passion, Commitment, Wisdom, Diligence, these are what I wish will envelope the things you value.

Not mere feelings, but passion. Not mere sentiments but commitment. Not mere ideas but wisdom. Not mere trials but diligence.

Why be successful? Why pursue success anyway?

Because success means achieving that which you seek. If you seek the right values, success means seeing the right values thrive in your life.

This may me a thriving relationship with God and a fulfilling spirituality.

This may mean deep, growing, intimate relationships with people who truly know you and are vulnerable to you.

This may mean developing and sustaining businesses that create, deliver, and capture value.

This may mean raising beautifully-souled generations.

Success is when what you value thrives in your life.

My wish for you is that you will choose the right values through prayer and reflection, and that you would not fool yourselves into thinking that these things can thrive without passion, commitment, wisdom, and diligence.

My wish for you is that you would pay the price and find as you take stock of your life, that you have more of what you truly value and less an album of regret.

Like I say over and over in this blog, everything costs something. Choose what you purchase in life, and pay the full price.

The things of true value are worth it no matter what the cost. They will always be a steal.

Thank you for your encouraging messages and generous greetings! May God bless you for your kindness.