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A PERSON who goes through depression would wish it were not real. What could be more miserable than feeling paralyzed and hopeless while you are still alive? You know you still exist, but you are overpowered by extreme sadness. You can’t admit it for fear that relatives and friends might not understand and say you’re crazy. You can’t say you need help because you were used to being so independent, and you certainly don’t want to be “a burden.” You isolate yourself because you dread to hear things that will make you even sadder and more pessimistic. Rising from your bed is a challenge, and you start to entertain suicidal thoughts.

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Repel toxic people

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Dear young people, if there is one important thing you ought to remember in this world: beware of people who label themselves as your brothers and sisters but actually wear a cloak of deception. Real, caring people protect your rights, your safety, your comfort, and your feelings. They respect your freedom to choose and your right to decide for yourself. They don’t force you to do anything that needs to be kept secret. They don’t intentionally do and say anything to hurt you physically and emotionally.

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Honor a teacher today!

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HE mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires” (William Arthur Ward).

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VEN the darkest night will end and the sun will rise” (Victor Hugo). After two typhoons, who does not have a renewed appreciation of sunlight? The over-all atmosphere becomes bright, thus affecting our mood. Exposure to sunlight reportedly helps the brain produce more serotonin, a natural anti-depressant. Sunlight, as we were all taught, is a source of Vitamin D which is needed for development of bones and muscles.

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THERE’S a beautiful story of a businessman who gave each of his executives a special seed. He told them to plant it, water it, and bring it to him after a year. Based on the output, the businessman would choose the next CEO. All the executives returned with plants and trees, except for a man. He said he watered the seed every day, but still, it would not grow. The businessman told him that he passed the test. The man who could not grow his seed was chosen as the next CEO. All the seeds that the businessman gave the executives really would not grow because he boiled them! There are blessings for honest people.

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Live in the now

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AN official died after retirement and a talent manager died while building a house where he intended to live once he retired. This column is not about death and retirement. It’s about living in the now. Who knows if we will still be alive this Christmas 2017, next year… or after a decade? Even the most optimistic and healthy persons can never tell.

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