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TITLE: A life of No Regrets......
By Ma. Hannah Sanchez

It is about life and how we (in my opinion) should do in the upcoming new year.
Any forms of criticism is happily accepted
Though the foundation of our thesis didn't went so well with the panel, somehow we pass. It was a relief for all of us. However, we soon realize that our thesis has a lot of revisions to make. As a result, we throwed away much of what we did on the 1st semester. It was like starting on a new thesis paper with less time. I put much of the blame on our first semester thesis teacher. Even if they say that the thesis was our responsibility, I can honestly say that he had much fault as well. I hated him for his lousiness and lack of abilities to cope with our needs.

Fortunately, he quit by second semester and was replace by a real expert who knows how to guide us. We did the neccessary revision and changes, gathered the needed data and interpretations. Still, we weren't able to pass the needed thesis draft before the christmas break. It was very frustrating to realize that the group put so much effort and still we weren't able to pass before the deadline. I was especially more frustarted since I had to work through out a whole night even if I weren't feeling so well. Thankfully, God move the heart of our second teacher. He extended the deadline till next year. I was able to breath with relief and happiness. Thus, I was able to enjoy my Christmas vacation. I spent the days resting in bed, going to malls and forgetting all about
the thesis. Yet, at the back of my mind I know that I had to work at it sooner or later.

The funny thing was that I borrowed a book entitled "Schaum's Quick Guide to Writing Great Research Papers" by Laurie Rozaakis before the christmas break. I considered it funny since it was too late for me to read such a book when I'm already pass the data gathering stage. It is like reading a book on finding Mr. right Guy when I'm already married. In any case, I borrowed it and put it aside at home. It took me a few days before I really got the interest to read the book that I should have read long before I started with my thesis. While reading the book, I was able to see all my mistakes and how I could have avoided stress and sleepness nights. I realize that our group's failure of establishing a good thesis foundation was really our fault. I can blame our first thesis teacher but it was still our responsibility to find other ways to cope up with the situation. As a student, I should had read a book, find other good consultants and balance my time. More or less, I can really say that I allowed the situation to determine my way of responding to it. The good thing was that my group and I still has the time to make much improvement.

Consequently, this event made me think of what it really means to live. I had come to realize,through this frustrating period of my life, that I can never control anything else other than myself. I wasn't able to control who
would be my teacher. I wasn't able to control how my group mates worked and responded to the situation. I had no control of the innocent events that made me cry out of frustration. I certainly can't control God and how He is
going to answer my pleas. I wanted things to go my way but they just went to a completely different direction. The good thing was that somehow there were more directions that ended up in a better place.

Yet a life of no regret is not synonymous to a life of chances or luck. It has something to do with the choices we make each day. The ironic thing is that we really don't know what will happen in the future. The best part is that
we really don't have to live a life of trial and error. God gave us His Word, the Bible. It is a Holy Book that allows us to know him, His ways and His plans for our lives. It can give us hope in times of trials, guidance in times of confusion and security in times of fear. He also gave us the chance to communicate with Him through prayer. Prayer gives us direct access to him in ways that we could not completely explain.

The main problem is that many of us really don't read spend enough time in reading the Bible and prayer. In my case, God has to give me a lot of problems before I really took the time to study and meditate on it. It is just like reading a "how to do it book" when you have already finish the unsatisfying project. To do so, would make us look back with a sour feeling and wondered how beautiful it could have been had we known what to do. The foolish part was to know what the Bible says and yet disobeyed its commands. Personally, I wondered how many regrets has passed me through my twenty years of life in this world. By God's Grace, He allowed me to learn this lesson at a young age.

How about you?

As Year 2007 close, let us look back and learn from our mistakes. More importantly, let us learn to move forward while leaning on God's Word and Prayer.

Year 2007 will end and a new one will begin. May each of us learn to handle our talents, time and treasure with Godly Widom.

Happy New Year 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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