3-Day Quote Challenge: Day 3

Day Three

Finally, the last day in my 3-day quote challenge has come! But certainly NOT my last “thanks!” to Kranti who dragged me into this — first time — wonderful experience! I just love this!

Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for three consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  • Share why this quote appeals so much to you.
  • Nominate 3 different bloggers for each day.

My Third Quote:

Sometimes it takes the worst to bring out the best in you.

The Best in You

When bad things happen to us, we tend to forget the good ones.

This quote reminds me that the worst is not the end of life, sometimes, it is the gateway to something great. Remember after the storm, comes the warmth of the sun. At the end of the tunnel, lies the light.

If we are a learner, no matter what happens to us, we always learn from it. And normally, the worse the scenario, the greater the learning. Now, imagine the worst. Sure enough, if we learn from it, the result would be our greatest learning. It is that learning that brings the best in us.

Now, let me summarize by connecting the three quotes:

  • Quote 1 is about the strong belief that no one can really crumple us without our permission. It’s our initial protection from the worst.
  • Quote 2 is about accepting the reality that the worst will come; making our heart ready when it happens; actually knowing what to do during the trial; and finally, holding on with the hope that miracle is coming.
  • Quote 3 is about the reward if we keep our part intact.

With that, I again give my thanks to Kranti for taking me to this wonderful 3-day journey!

My last set of nominees:

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3-Day Quote Challenge: Day 2

Day Two

Again, I give my thanks to Kranti for this opportunity to participated in a 3-day challenge.

Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for three consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  • Share why this quote appeals so much to you.
  • Nominate 3 different bloggers for each day.

My Second Quote:

When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.

KnotI love the sense of hope this quote gives me.

It was during my high school years when I visited my auntie in her church that I first encountered this quote. I saw a big photo frame on a wall of the lobby of the parsonage. There was a hand holding at the end of a rope. It gave me a mental image that because the rope had a knot on its end, the hand that was holding it wasn’t sliding downward. It just kept on hanging for as long as the fingers were locked. At least that was the imagination triggered in me by that photo at the wall.

There are four things that I’m reminded whenever I read this quote:

  • WHEN — the quote begins with the word “when” and NOT with the word “if.” In this context, If indicates, a possibility; when indicates inevitability. For me, it means, that difficult times will surely come to us. It’s just a matter of time — a matter of when. Therefore, this quote reminds me that I should not be surprised, but instead be ready when it happens, because it will happen.
  • TIE — this is what I shoud be ready to do. It means a little effort on my part. If I fell because I didn’t tie a knot, I am the only one to be blamed. This is about responsibility.
  • KNOT — this is something — a person, a thing, a dream, my faith, sense of purpose — or anything that I can focus my mind on in times of difficulty in order for me to not to give up.
  • HANG ON — this is the part when I have done everything else, but still refuse to give up. It means hope. Just wait a little longer. Have faith.

They said that men can survive 40 days without food; 4 days without water; 4 minutes without oxygen; but only 4 seconds without hope. That’s how important hope is.

Difficulty is part of life. There are times when we feel that everything else fails and that We’ve done everything we could, every solution possible. Yet still, nothing seems to work anymore. We feel tired, frustrated, and hopeless. But let’s not give up. Not yet. Let’s just make a little more effort of picking up on something dear to us, something we can hold on to — like a knot at the end of a rope — and hope for a miracle.

My Second set of nominees:

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3-Day Quote Challenge: Day 1

Day One

Because I was taken by surprise, let me just follow my nominator’s path on my first day. My quote will also be about life being precious.

Thank you Kranti for this sweet friendly challenge! I appreciate it a lot!

Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for three consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  • Share why this quote appeals so much to you.
  • Nominate 3 different bloggers for each day.

My First Quote:

You never lose your worth. No matter what life throws at you.

One day, a young lady came to me crying. She said,

She humiliated me in front of my classmates, throwing baseless accusations after accusations. Now, I’m losing respect in myself.

It happened about seven years ago while I was still working in a state-owned academy. The young lady was a second year college student then. She was talking about her lady professor. This professor was one of those who have completed two Master Degrees and a PHD, and a numerous high-profile trainings. So by looking at her credentials, she is supposed to be a highly respectable person. But people — just like this young lady student who came to me, weeping in shame, anger, and emotional pain — in the academy believed or experienced the exact opposite of respect.

Follow me.

I said to her, after listening intensely to some details of her story. Then, she followed me as I walked out of my office toward an open space just outside the building.

When we reached a shaded place, I pulled out my wallet, took a 100 peso bill, and asked her..

If I gave this P100 bill to anybody, do you think, they will accept it?

Yes sir, of course! No one will reject it!” replied the young lady.

Then I crumpled it with my right hand in front of her, and asked a follow-up question.

How about now that it’s crumpled? Will people still accept it?

Yes sir. Of course, they will.

This time, I threw the P100 bill on the ground then stepped on it with my shoes, as if grinding it with force. Then asked another question, after picking it from the ground…

Now that its totally crumpled and dirty in your eyes, do you still believe people will accept it?

Of course sir. It is still P100.

That’s it! That’s exactly it! I exclaimed.

She looked at me with confused eyes, still with some tears welling up. Then I smiled at her, and told her slowly, with a soft reassuring voice.

“You are precious. Just like this bill, your value won’t change just because they crumpled you in the outside. You are still the same you — charming, always smiling, happy student.”

“Actually,” I followed through, “it is yourresponse to those kind of experiences, that will determine your worth. To cry for such a painful experience is okay. That’s part of a normal person with normal emotions. You have already cried. That’s good. Now it’s time to get up. I am reminding you of your worth. And I hope that you will go back to your lady professor with a stronger heart, knowing that no matter what she throws at you, your value as a person doesn’t change. You are still precious.”

She burst into more tears after I said those words.

Not knowing what to do, I just stood there, watching her as she cried, silently praying that my words would at least give her inner strength.

After a minute or two, she rose her head, looked at me with a sweet smile, as she was wiping all the tears in her face… and said,

Thank you very much sir. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

I smiled back at her with a relieved heart.

Then she followed-up with a rather unexpected request…

Sir, can I have this bill as a souvenir?

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Well, that’s it. That’s my quote, with a short personal story.

I was still in high school when I encountered a story similar to that. Decades later, I was in the position to relive that story, with me as one of the characters — the one who was giving the strength to a damaged person. I’m glad I was given a chance to share the experience to that young lady student.

When she graduated from the academy, years later, she came back to me, and thanked me again for that P100 bill encounter. Maybe she still has my money now. Maybe she doesn’t anymore. It doesn’t matter. What important is that she remembered how precious she was — and stayed that way.

Again, thank you Kranti for this opportunity.

Now, my nominees:

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