The Two Saddest Things in Life

Today is Mission Monday. On Mission Mondays, I write about my imperfect understanding of God’s perfect love. I am fulfilling my mission to spread the word of God by writing about the strategies and battle plans of the Greatest Conqueror who ever lived – Jesus Christ.


God's Word: Matthew 13: 18-23

“Hear then the parable of the sower. The seed sown on the path is the one who hears the word of the kingdom without understanding it, and the evil one comes and steals away what was sown in his heart. The seed sown on rocky ground is the one who hears the word and receives it at once with joy. But he has no root and lasts only for a time. When some tribulation or persecution comes because of the word, he immediately falls away. The seed sown among thorns is the one who hears the word, but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word and it bears no fruit. But the seed sown on rich soil is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.”

The Two Saddest Things in Life

"Bakit kaya? Bakit ka ba naghihintay na himukin pa, pilitin pa ng tadhana?
Alam mo na kung bakit nagkakaganyan. Lumulutang, nasasayang ang buhay mo.
At ang ibinubulong ng iyong puso, "natutulog ba ang Diyos, natutulog ba?'"
- Gary Valenciano, Natutulog Ba Ang Diyos


Two years ago, I was listening to this song while tears were welling up in my eyes. But, I had to wipe them quickly because I was in the office typing some financial data on my laptop. 

My officemates would have laughed at me. After all, they all knew how macho I was, with my biceps and all. Well, not really. My biceps are like atoms and molecules. They are there, but we cannot see them.

But, there I was. I knew what I needed to do to achieve my dreams, but I wasn't doing it. That's why the song really struck a cord in my heart. Sapul na sapul e! (I was really hit by the song.)

The two saddest things in life are:
1. Not knowing your one thing
2. Knowing your one thing, but not doing it


Not Knowing Your One Thing

Try asking the people around you what they really want to do in life. Chances are 80% of them do not know. They do not the one thing that only they can do and gift the world with. 

It's okay if they are still teens or early in their twenties. But, it's really sad if they are already in their thirties or older. Just imagine all the wasted potential. (But, being an overly positive person, I say to you, "It's never too late! God's timing is always perfect!")

After all, we only feel truly alive when we are doing the things we love to do. I have always admired (and envied) the people in the office who are doing their work because they love doing it. Not only are they happier, they will also succeed more because they enjoy what they are doing.

The only way to find your one thing is to try something new, take chances, make mistakes, and fail.

Albert Einstein said, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting a different result." (Are you insane? I was! I was very, very insane.)

Friend, do you still not know your one thing? Try something new today. Do not let this day pass without doing something new.

Find your one thing, discover and develop your potential, and live fully. 


Knowing Your One Thing... But Not Doing It

The second, and perhaps even more, sad thing in this life is knowing what you want to do, but you are not doing it. 

Discovering your one thing does not guarantee that you will reach your potential and live fully. You have to take action. You have to develop your one thing and deliver it to the world. 

Two years ago, while listening to Gary V., I already knew what I wanted and needed to do. But, I could not leave my job, my friends, and my guaranteed pay checks. I could not leave my comfort zone. 

A year after that, I was still in the same place, doing the same thing, and listening to the same song. I was still the same insecure and unfulfilled young professional whose potential was still trapped inside. Lumulutang, nasasayang ang buhay ko. (I was just going through the motions and wasting my life.)

It was a difficult decision last year, but I finally took a leap of faith. I left my job, I left my guaranteed monthly paychecks, and tried something new. I finally did what I needed to do. I got out of my comfort zone and did my one thing. 

Now, I am still a long, long way from achieving my dreams. But looking back, I have already gone a long way. 

I am more mature, more secure, and more understanding. I am more patient, more hard working, and more fulfilled. Most importantly, I am happier in both its simple and deep sense. 

All because I finally aligned my life with my one thing and TOOK ACTION. 

When you finally know what your one thing is, do not delay. Take action. Take the most difficult step - the first step.

By doing your one thing, you can develop your untapped potential. You can awaken the champion, the conqueror within you. 

Most importantly, by doing your one thing, you can live a fulfilled and meaningful life. 

Take action. Take the first step. Live life with purpose.