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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, January 3, 2019
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with Benjamin Calderon

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The holidays were indeed time well spent for rest, recreation, reunions and preparation. The time was well appreciated with gardening, exercise, a trip to the hot springs, investing time with family and friends happily sharing faith, hope and love.

The first day of work required strong self-motivation to report for work and continue to earn one’s pay. Fellow workers exchanged pleasant New Year’s greetings and supervisors were careful to set the tone by directing attention to the accomplishment of month-end, quarter-end, year-end reports and starting up the pursuit for the achievement of 2019’s goals and objectives.

The start-up for this year reminded me of the following quotation, “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.” ―  Bill Keane. So, we take each day one at a time, especially as we address the challenge of following through with our New Year’s resolution of discarding bad habits and acquiring good ones.

As we proceed with our starting the New Year in our own personal way, permit me to wish everybody more faith, hope and love as we continue with our journey in life. I like what the Pastor shared and would like to pass it forward, “Faith makes all things possible, Hope, makes all things bearable, Love makes all things easy.”

Let us end with an anecdote that should remind us to be humble and positive. A man wrote a letter to a small hotel in a town he planned to visit on his vacation.He wrote: I would very much like to bring my dog with me. He is well-groomed and very well behaved. Would you be willing to permit me to keep him in my room with me at night?"An immediate reply came from the hotel owner, who wrote:"I've been operating this hotel for many years. In all that time, I've never had a dog steal towels, bedclothes, silverware or pictures off the walls. I've never had to evict a dog in the middle of the night for being drunk and disorderly. And I've never had a dog run out on a hotel bill. Yes, indeed, your dog is welcome at my hotel. And, if your dog will vouch for you, you're welcome to stay here, too."*

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