Thursday, April 3, 2014

Timely and Helpful

Last weekend, I decided to serve Life Direction's retreat.I was supposed to be there to help the participants but surprisingly, I was also helped by our retreat moderator, Fr. Javi. I will just share a few of my takeaways from the retreat.

1. Trust God with your life

This very good analogy of Fr. Javi really hit me. When we ride planes to go to our destination, we trust the pilot (so much) with our lives. We don't go into the cockpit and interview pilots to ask about their achievements and how many planes they have flew. We just go inside the plane, take our seats then sleep and just wake up when we reach our destination. But when it's God leading our lives, we ask so much questions. We doubt, most of the time, if it's the right thing to do. We don't trust God so much with where he is leading us.

This made me think about my life and how I'm always scared to take a leap of faith. It's very hard knowing that I did took a leap of faith before and it ended bad. But Fr. Javi again reminded us that we really need to "Let go and let God". As cliche as that sounds, it really makes sense. If we let God as the pilot of our lives, we are on the right track. Let go of the past and let God guide you to your future. All the hurts and disappointments I had in the past are lessons to make me who I am. Throughout the retreat, different people shared the story of their inspiring lives. If there is one thing I can share with you guys, it is that through these heartbreaks, losses and mistakes are we molded and created as a strong and unique human being.

I will continue believing that my rainbow will come :)

2. Being Grateful

Fr. Javi also pointed out that we should not just feel grateful but BE GRATEFUL. Feeling is so much different than being because feeling can be temporary. We may feel grateful today but forget tomorrow. When we start being grateful, it becomes our disposition in life. We start to be grateful always, without thinking about it. We do not forget because gratefulness is already in our system.

3. Be compassionate

One of the sharers mentioned how she manages to take care of her employees. This struck me because I handle 60++ employees now in our company. Each one of them are different and can be very stubborn. I am having a hard time but this retreat reminded me that the way to success is to be compassionate. Learn to love them, acknowledge them, take notice. When you are the boss, you should make them feel that you are there in their battles and successes. This may be a very hard thing for me because I don't see all of them (because most of them are in our production area) but I will try my best. :)

Thankful to have served with these people :)