Have a blessed Good Friday everyone! Holy Week gives us a chance to reflect on the presence of God in our lives. Sometimes, because of our busy schedule, we tend to forget that we are here in this world for a purpose. It's more than creating a healthy work-life balance. It's a lot more than that. Each one of us has a unique path to take. In each path, there are pebbles and boulders of rocks that inflict wounds and slow us down. We shouldn't view these obstacles as bad luck or forms of punishment. If we welcome them with good faith and acceptance, they will draw us closer to God. These are the tests we have to overcome in order to learn life's valuable lessons. It doesn't matter if we passed or failed. What matters is we learned. A constantly happy and worry-free life is worthless. Life's worth comes from what was experienced and learned, good or bad. Along each path, we will meet different people. They are God's teaching assistants. Some will stay with us and guide us towards the right path. Some will dress our wounds and wipe away our tears. Some will catch us when we fall. Some will carry us when we get tired. Some will lead us astray. Some will make us stronger. Others will make us wiser. All of them will help us grow. We should thank each one of them for fulfilling their tasks. However, we have the option of choosing who to follow and who to keep. Whatever happens, we should walk on and continue our journey. We should not run, but walk. Running will make us learn life's lessons in a haphazard way. It's like cramming for an important exam. The knowledge will fade in time. In order for us to remember well, we should take it one step at a time. We should see, hear, touch, smell and feel the moment. When all our senses are alive at that moment, the lessons will leave a permanent mark, like a signature that's carved on stone. We should stop and smell the flowers, water the plants, feed the animals and help the unfortunate, the lost and the wounded. We are expected to use our God-given possessions, our talents, our skills, our knowledge, the values we uphold and our beliefs for the common good. If every person, regardless of the path he takes, focuses on making this world a better and brighter place, future generations will be encouraged to do the same. Let's make a difference. This is our purpose.