Merry Christmas to all the stakeholders of Iloilo Science and Technology University!
As we celebrate this significant occasion, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for the tremendous support and cooperation you have done in all the programs, projects and activities of the University for Fiscal Year 2016. Thank you very for your continuing support, commitment and dedication to service. May we sustain this kind of working relationship, for, after all, we only have one Iloilo Science and Technology University.
May I also remind everyone that Christmas is a season of Thanksgiving. As we joyfully celebrate this yuletide season, let us not forget to thank the Lord for the many wonderful blessings He gave us this year. According to G. B. Hinckley, “The habit of saying thank you is the mark of an educated man and woman. Walk with gratitude in your hearts, my dear friends. Be thankful for the wonderful blessings which are yours.” The blessings, may be big or small, let us express our thanks to Him because it said that : “It doesn’t matter if the glass is half empty or half full. Be thankful that you have a glass and grateful that there is something in it.”
For this year’s Christmas season, allow me to share with the story of the Hated potatoes.
“A kindergarten teacher decided to let her class play a game. The teacher told each child in the class to bring along a plastic bag containing a few potatoes.
Each potato will be given a name of a person that the child hates, so the number of potatoes that a child will put in his/her plastic bag will depend on the number of people he/she hates.
So when the day came, every child brought some potatoes with the name of the people he/she hated. Some had two potatoes, some three, while some had up to five potatoes.
The teacher then told the children to carry with them the potatoes in the plastic bag wherever they go (even to the toilet) for one week.
Day after day passed by, and the children started to complain due to the unpleasant smell let out by the rotten potatoes they were carrying. Those children having five potatoes really began to feel the weight of the heavier bags.
After one week, the children were relieved to hear that the teacher had finally ended the game.
The teacher asked: “How did you feel while carrying the potatoes with you for one week?”
The children let out their frustrations and started complaining of the trouble that they had to go through having to carry the heavy and smelly potatoes wherever they went.
Then the teacher told them the hidden meaning behind the game.
The teacher said: “This is exactly the situation when you carry your hatred for somebody inside your heart. The stench of hatred will contaminate your heart and you will end up carrying an unnecessary burden with you wherever you go.
If you cannot tolerate the smell of rotten potatoes for just one week, can you imagine what a burden it would be to have the stench of hatred in your heart for your lifetime???”
Get rid of any hatred you might have for others in your heart, so that you won’t have to carry around an unnecessary burden during your lifetime.”
This Christmas season, forgiving others is the best attitude to take! Love others, even if you don’t like them…” When Jesus went to the summit of Calvary, there to redeem our sins with the supreme sacrifice, He gave up His last breath invoking forgiveness for his very tormentors: “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.
Let us never allow year 2016 to end without mending broken hearts.
Christmas is the time for forgiving. In the spirit of Christmas, let us extend our hand of friendship and be good to our fellow being. Let love reigns in our hearts because if there is love, there will forgiveness, peace and harmony among us all.
Also, this yuletide season let us be kind to everyone. Kindness is free, so be kind even to those who are unkind. James R. Fisher, Jr. said, “The greatest virtue is kindness. You can’t love everyone, but you can be kind to every one.”
May the message I share with you this Christmas touch your heart in a special way and constantly reminds us all of what should be all throughout our life.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to All!