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Brokenness We Share

Updated on September 10, 2017
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Adolf is a graduate of Philosophy at San Pablo Major Seminary. He is a registered teacher and currently living in the Philippines.


I am broken...

All champions undergo training,

They undergo pain before the gain.

You only lose when you give up. What's the point of getting wounded in the fight if at the end you'll only give up? Well we have to keep on fighting. Losing is part of the game, but realize that you don't always lose in the fight, time will come that you'll also stand taller than your opponents.

At some point in our lives, we have to be broken in order to know what would complete us. Albert Camus, one of my favorite philosophers, once said: "Life is absurd." Indeed, he was right. But what does he mean? We are so accustomed or busy thinking about so many things. And sometimes we only do the things that had become a routine for us. We are afraid to take risks and explore what beyond the things we do, and to look for what is out-there. We play safe in our lives because we are afraid to lose or to stumble.

So while I was reflecting on Camus' insights, I realized that sometimes when we are already at the edge of the precipice, we need to take a "pause" and reflect once in a while what have we been doing in our lives. To pause does not mean to stop! There is a big difference between "Pausing" and "Stopping". Life must go on and while you trudge the journey you'll realize that the scars you had in your heart, your brokenness, shows you how strong you are. So be grateful, because it is by being broken that we learn to love again; it is by losing that we learn how to win; and it is by taking risk that we learn to move on and GO ON!


I thank God for the light that guide my way,

For me not to stumble and go astray.

I also thank God for the darkness,

That helps me see the stars in the wilderness.

I am grateful for the happy times I had,

Making me realize that I should always be glad.

Yet I am also grateful with sadness,

Reminding me that life is not all about happiness.

There so many reasons to be grateful,

So live life to the full!


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      Ala Hafferssas 

      13 months ago

      Thank you so much for this article! Just a bit earlier I posted a photo from my journey today, and I wrote "Live it to the fullest." And in many times I picture what you said in my mind as if we're in a looong adventure and all we have is our feet, map, and food...and what do the traveler do in such looong trip..? He takes his time at many point of the journey and checks his map, looking at what he has passed through, where he is right at that moment, and what's next for him.

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      nusrat jahan chow 

      13 months ago

      This is so an amazing article. So much to realize. And you are a great writer. GO ON.


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