I don’t know how to even begin this blog post. My heart is overwhelmed! I came to the Philippines’ First Successful Living Summit not knowing anyone. There was zero people I knew in the entire 90+ people in that convention room at Marriott Hotel before arriving. But I ended up knowing many of them and mostly, knowing more about myself in a whole new level.
Quite honestly on the first day, I didn’t like many things about the Summit. I had my expectations. If I would describe Day 1, it would be “uncomfortable”. Uncomfortable in that it made me go outside of what I am used to. It made me go out of my comfort zone. And it was difficult.
And Day 2 was even more difficult. Actually, I was pretty much involved on the first day reciting, raising my hands and giving my insights but had hidden in my shell the following day. Because……. I cried. No, I bawled like a helpless baby. I crumbled. I broke down into pieces. I was forced to face reality. I still think about it today and still makes me tearful but a good cry at that. I was faced with a challenge to stay where I am at or face my issues and receive freedom. I chose the latter.
And Day 3 during graduation, again and again, tears came flowing like a river. I knew in my heart that I had made the right choice to kick stubbornness out of my life and embrace change. And it did lead me to peace.
Thinking about what happened over the last 3 days, although it wasn’t something I expected, God knew what I “needed” to hear and ultimately what I needed to DO. And that brought about transformation.
More than anything, I am thankful for the leaders who made this event happen. I admire their courage to pursue the unknown. Will the event be successful? What do we do? Where do we start? But then… how do they know if they don’t do it? It turns out to be an ultra successful event! I say it was successful not because of the number of people who attended but because of the kind of transformation each one of us experienced in our own ways.
With that, I want to thank Ever Miranda, Ferdinand and LaDonna Galang, Jeannyn Medina, Aris Ramos, George Estrada and Rica Fernandez for believing that Successful Living Summit deserves to be in the Philippines.
And yes, I am excited to attend SLS 2!