Sunday, January 8, 2012

New Year 2012: Faraway Journey, Greater Service and Breakthrough to Success

"In a material world that we live in, where the outer symbol of success fades and eventually will be gone, it would be good to ponder on the realization of our highest service to give to God..our self...our family.. our country and the world at large."

The start of the year has been full of positive hope, optimism, and enthusiasm as I have celebrated it with joy and gratitude. This is the best time of the year to set goals and wishes for the entire year.

As I celebrate the new year, questions would have tended to pop up my mind such as how to keep up with the momentum through the year and how can I make these things possible and achievable.

This time, I have learned to be clear on what I want and not to focus on what I don't want. What do I want to acquire? What are my desires and hopes? What do I want to experience and learn? and what do I want to become?

Some of my goals were not attained because I was not clear of what I want, so I end up losing the inspiration and hope and have it replaced with doubts when I see it is not possiblethen comes the list of unaccomplished and unattainable goals.

This day marks the first week of 2012 and it was a good week to start the year. It was fun to do some physical activities like walking, jogging, and some exercises at the park. I enjoy the revitalizing and invigorating effects.

I have done a 20-minute meditation daily for this first week of the year. It was a good opportunity to reflect on my wishes and goals for this year and enjoying the serenity and peaceful ambiance of the place. It was a perfect place to meditate as I bear the tolerable coldness of the weather.

As I meditate, I closed my eyes and could hear nothing but the chirping of the birds, the cold breeze of the wind, the people passing quietly along with my meditation space, and the shouts of the teens playing cricket at a far distance.

Those external sounds do not bother me anymore. At least, it did not make me more space out. The internal voice from within dominates the most. This sound is more precious and it gives more time to reflect deeply while whispering sacred chants silently.



My beloved country of birth, I pray will be spared by major destruction such as calamities that cause loss of lives and properties and worst is living a life of post-traumatic depression and loss of self-worth.

Being a "Pacific-Islander" would expect to have been visited by typhoons and a country in a "Pacific Ring of Fire" would have numerous earthquakes. We have our share of devastating calamity that the world experiences. The reality is that we can not escape but we can ease the effect of these tragedies.

One of the good traits of being a Filipino is the "Bayanihan Spirit" a Filipino term that denotes a helping hand. Hoping that we will continue to be inspired to help people in any way possible.


Hoping that the country will be able to survive any recession or financial crisis that may hit the region or the world. Although, the past administration has done it well, hoping that the present administration will be able to do their part for the betterment of the country and its people.

Hoping that more local and foreign investors will come to establish a business to generate more jobs for the Filipinos. Jobs for every Filipino means, food to feed their families and to alleviate hunger and poverty.


Hoping that peace will be attained. No conflicts... no terrorism... no wars. The past year seems to be full of outrage and war against their government that created global concern. It brought massive destruction to the lives of innocent civilians; loss of homes, properties, and lives.

Hoping that this world will be a safer place for the people to liveto be able to walk on the streets safely by day and night; to be able to commute on bus and train without the thoughts of the presence of any explosive substances inside; to be able to enjoy shopping at the mall without the thought of bombing (as the case in the Philippines) and so on...

May poverty alleviation be strengthened by those in political power so as to end the world of hunger, famine, and suffering.

We live in a chaotic world of uncertainties and suffering and so we need more incarnation of Anna Hazare, Mother Teresa, and Mahatma Gandhi. The selfless acts that they have sacrificed for the welfare of humanity will be remembered and remain in our hearts eternally.


My personal goal for this year would not matter if it is a short-term or long-term goal. What matters is clarity and attainability. I just wish for a balanced and successful life with a focus on my...

Health - to become more balanced in all levels of healthphysical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.

Family - to become stronger despite the problems; better health and attain more prosperity.

Career - to continue to be a representation of the "BE Life" slogan - "Live Your Greatest Life" and to be able to touch as many lives as possible along with the foundations' commitment of "Serving Humanity and the World".

Personal relationship -
be in harmony with my family, colleagues, and friends.

Personal growth - to be able to learn something new and valuable; gain new insights from seminars/workshops, training, and inspiring books.

Making a difference - to be able to continue doing something good and inspiring others to do the same. I will participate actively in various activities that are intended for the benefit of a particular person or group.


I would challenge myself to push on its limit. Sometimes, it feels good to do extraordinary things like public speaking or to conduct and speak for a seminar/workshop. It might be a little frightening but the end result is more rewarding.

It is nice to achieve something impossible, but things become possible only until it is done. There are things to achieve for this year if I put my focus on it and with the support of the people who believe in me.

In the long run, what is important is not the outcome of the fulfillment of my goals and dreams but who I become in the process in the ultimate goal of living a better life.


My goal for this year may have an impact on other people who share the same desires and idealism. As I write this goal list and have a commitment to a bigger dream, I may soon start to come up with big ideas to make these things happen. Hoping that I will attract the right people and opportunities to make my dream come true.


I believe that ultimate success does not come overnight but it involves daily small actions that accumulate in time towards the realization and achievement of the most cherished dreams. I have to ask myself "What should I do today that will help me towards the aspiration and achievement of my dreams?"—a question that needs daily answer and action.


In life, it is important that we are living with a purpose and continue to discover and understand it. You have a purpose and I have mine too... so in a material world that we live in, where the outer symbol of success fades and eventually will be gone, it would be good to ponder on the realization of our highest service to give to God..our self...our family.. our country and the world at large.

A prosperous year ahead!

© 2012 Del Cusay