“It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.”
– Muhammad Ali
I turned 29 this month.
Unbelievable. It’s too fast. I thought I’d be 21 forever. Yes like the brand. But one more year then I’ll be 30 already. 30?! 30?!
How did I see a 30 year old guy when I was a kid? I thought it’s old. No. I thought it’s really, really old.
But I don’t feel like it (or I’m just in denial). I feel young. Very youthful.
I still feel like a child. As I explore the world (Dora?), I feel like I can do everything. But on the other hand, I still feel like I have a lot to learn.
I had a blast on my birthday. Though my family was not here with me (because I am in Korea now), they gave me their love letters. So as my friends. Their messages revitalized my spirit. I said to myself, “Oh, so I was loving all this time?” With a smile on my face, of course. I feel like crying inside. I couldn’t hold my happiness. Now, my heart is full of love. Ready to do greater things.
With love in my heart, I have the spirit to fulfill my dreams. Of course, we have to pursue our dreams even in tough circumstances. As the saying goes, “dress up, show up, and never give up.” And I believe in that. But hey, let’s be honest here. With love and joy in our hearts, we remember the very reasons for our dreams in life.
Our visions will be clearer, our actions will be geared toward love. With joyful hearts, our dreams will be purified, dignified, and “holified” by the Lord. That night when I read those love letters, I slept like a baby. It was my most peaceful sleep. I feel secured.
I had a hard time sleeping those past few weeks. I realized that my lack of sleep is caused by my restless mind. The pressures about the future, life and financial goals, etc. Some see it as a crisis. But the bottomline of it, is fear.
Life and career coach Alice Stapleton, recommends support and encouragement to overcome these type of fears. This way, people who are experiencing it would be able to deal with the pressures and effectively express our innermost desires.
She pointed out that this generation yearns to have lives and careers that have meaning and “social impact.” I agree and I believe it’s a good thing. (I just like to say that it’s not bad to be average either)
How blessed I am that there are people around me who wouldn’t stop loving me for who I am. And I thank God for every person He has sent to support and encourage me. I often think out of the box, but they’re still there for me even if I find myself very hard to understand (I know they think the same. Haha!).
I also yearn to make a good difference in the lives of other people. In my unique ways. I believe God has planted it in my heart for whatever reason that may be.
Let me share with you a short article from Paolo Coelho’s blog.
” I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was. At home I am a nice guy: but I don’t want the world to know. Humble people, I’ve found, don’t get very far.
The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.
Friendship… is not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.
A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.
Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.
I never thought of losing, but now that it’ s happened, the only thing is to do it right. That’s my obligation to all the people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life.
I’m so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark.
If they can make penicillin out of mouldy bread, they can sure make something out of you.
It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.
It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.
It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.
I hated every minute of training, but I said, “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”
Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”
– Muhammad Ali
My love letters? It wouldn’t be possible without the efforts of my fiancé. To Majo, as I said before, thank you for putting the “happy” in my birthday.
Make the difference.
Peace be with you.
Mark Lester Fernando