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Fri. Dec 13th, 2019

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Second year in Canada, eh?!

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Second Year in Canada

It is truly mind-blowing how time has flown by. I still vividly remember the nitty-gritty details of the big move like yesterday. Mixed emotions. Our greatest leap of faith, so to speak. And now, we are celebrating our 2nd year anniversary as permanent residents in Canada.

It is just befitting to articulate how thankful we are to this country for giving us opportunities – big and small – to grow. So, merci et je t’aime Canada! Cheers to more exciting life ahead!

And because I am elated (giddy even) to celebrate this day, I’d like to enumerate valuable lessons learned since we started here. Bear with me.

First Lesson: Keep the faith

As humans, we can have great plans for our lives ahead that it frustrates us when it doesn’t happen the way we want them to be.

It is easy for us to lose focus and feel demotivated when things are not going our way. When we started out, there were lots of crying, over-thinking, and regrets. We all had our fair share of ups and downs and everything in between. Every single day is a test of faith. Looking back, I can only say that indeed, God sustains.

It is amazing how we were able to pull through this whole immigration thing, even though we didn’t have any close ties here. How we survived the past 18 months depending on meager income without depriving ourselves of physical comfort. To be able to go back to work in the field that I like after toiling in an odd job that drained my sanity and physical strength. It is really amazing that we are on our 2nd year here and we are loving every minute of it.

This verse below remains true and hits me right to the core.

“The pain that you’ve been feeling, can’t compare to the joy that’s coming.”

Roman 8:18

Second Lesson: Unfortunately, time is ticking

It is one of the top things that money can’t buy and we can’t take back once it is gone. In a jiffy, two years have gone by so fast. Next thing I know, my kid already knows the concept of independence to an extent – putting clothes on, cleaning up and brushing her teeth and the list goes on. As I look back, I can’t help to ask myself if I have spent enough time with the people I keep closest to my heart.

What do we really do with the time that is being given to us? I hate to admit that more time is spent procrastinating. More time is lost because we lose sight of what is really important more than worldly things – relationships.

So, before you run out of time (you’ll never know!), tell your loved ones how much they matter and strive to spend quality time with them – even if you have to make both ends meet!

“I was complaining that I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.”

Confucius

Third Lesson: Be grateful. Always.

Choose happy. There goes the tagline of my cellular service provider. Happiness is something that we choose for our lives. If you want to gain more success and more happiness, we need to be grateful for the many things that we have.

Our attitude, interests, and level of gratitude are correlated with our level of happiness. You cannot be happy without being grateful. Whether you are grateful for a cup of coffee or good weather, happiness emanates from being genuinely grateful for all opportunities, people encounters, and challenges.

I’m grateful for my husband for he has taught me to always find the positive aspects in every situation, opportunity or trial regardless of how upright or improper the situation may seem.

Shy away from looking at your glass as half empty. Always look it as half full; the attitude of gratitude will make up for whatever that you lack.

Fourth Lesson: You are not in competition with anyone

Sometimes, we can’t help to compare ourselves to others. I guess that’s human nature. But life is not like a one-size-fits-all kind of thing. What worked for someone doesn’t necessarily mean that it will work for you. We all have our own stories to tell and that makes us unique.

When I was younger, I worked so hard to move up my career, so I can do more and achieve more. But when we moved here, I finally came to terms that titles do not really matter.

Run your own race, on your own pace. But always stay at the top of your game.

Our second year in Canada just whizzed by and we’re looking forward to grow and learn more.

What have you learned about life so far? Let us know in the comments below!

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