How To Ponder On Life And Its Challenges

Hey guys, I would like to share with you some excerpts of the Valedictory Address authored by someone very close to me. I thought what he prepared was something worth sharing and could serve as inspiration to those facing difficult challenges in life, young and old alike, from all walks of life. The said address is entitled, “The Value of Everything”.  The objective of the speech was to inspire his colleagues, the  newly graduates, and likewise a reminder for each of us to “wake up” and eventually “make up” our minds that material things are not essential to achieving lifelong peace and happiness.

The following are the essential excerpts of the said speech:

“The Value of Everything”

In behalf of the graduating students, I would like to take this opportunity to thank …. for providing us with excellent education and genuine support.

The most memorable experience that I had …….was the opportunity to meet a lot of other students – foreign and local – each of whom had his or her own aspiration in life.  Although we belonged to different cultures we shared the same vision and conviction to make this world a better place to live in. During our spare time or on our way home, we would engage in discussing our assignments, our teachers, our lives, the current economic crisis, and our careers after graduation.  Some of them were quite pessimistic about the job scenario that was unfolding because of the economic crisis, yet some of us would insist that there’s more to life than finding a job after graduation — not that they would not find a job but that they could do better than that.

Today, we graduates should feel proud for we have surpassed a challenging path in our lives, and we should take this occasion to thank those who have supported us in reaching this far: our family, our friends, our teachers, and our God. We also have to thank ourselves for enduring those trying times.

But this graduation is a mere gateway to further challenges. There’s a lot more to do.


I therefore would like to delve briefly on what we value in life and how a clearer understanding of it can shape not just our lives but also the society in which we live. I would beg you to listen to the thoughts that my mind whispers whenever the meaning of life strikes my curiosity.  I am not going to say new things. I would just remind each of us of what we learned during our freshman year of what we can do to make our society better.


A thing becomes worthless or valuable depending on its state. A bottle of mineral water is practically worthless until somebody drinks it.  A piece of bread given to a needy is mightier than a bar of gold exchanged for illegal drugs. A special minute spent with a loved one is more valuable than an hour spent on a flimsy film. A split second was what Michael Phelps needed to complete a new world record.


For many, success is measured by money. The more money you have, the more successful you are. But money is just a thing, and its value is relative.  A beggar who spends his $10 to feed his family is richer than  a man who saves money for the sake of saving money. Money is worthless until you spend it the right way. You become rich not because you have a lot of money, you become rich because you use your money the right way.


My fellow graduates. Let’s fight to find that high-paying job. Let’s fight to become rich and famous. But let’s remember that true success is not just about money nor fame. True success lies beneath the value that we make out of  the things that we have. 


My fellow graduates, let’s discover our true values. Let’s be worthy. Let’s blaze a trail for ourselves, for our family, for the needy, for the hungry, for the society. We will succeed.  We have to…for the society needs us.


Congratulations to all of us!”



Incidentally, the author of this Valedictory Address was also named as the Alumnus of the Year and was confered the Special Achievement/Academic Excellence Award in his field!

Almighty God, Thank you so much! Featured photo: The author (4 yrs.old at that time) is seated beside his mother in Nueva Ecija, Philippines.



17 thoughts on “How To Ponder On Life And Its Challenges”

  1. yes I agree that money earned is worthless until its value is used according to God's purpose.  we are just channels of that money handed to us by the One up there for those who need it most. People at this time are too preoccupied in getting richer even to the extent of hurting people, whats happening to our families? Disintegrated! because of money, the lure for it that family core values are being neglected. There's a big challenge facing the church at this time, educating the families! Making parents aware of their responsibilities……….

    1. Thanks for enlightening me as well! That was indeed profound and full of meaning…..
      I hate to say this but there are times that I still long for something more………..even though I have enough in my pocket for daily needs. I’m sorry.

  2. Thank you very much for this. You have a unique site, not much ads popping out and the articles will surely guide me in my quest for success.

  3. I trust youre heading to publish more insights on this blog. I appreciate the thoughts shared by your colleague. He’s not only a genius but a well mannered and sensible guy. Hope he will be able to find the perfect career for him. The valedictory address could serve as a guide for young professionals, fresh from school, that what is relevant is the good thing you do for yourself, your neighbors and for the world where you live. I wish you the best of luck. Thanks and happy 1st blog annivesary by the way!

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  6. It is true that the value of money is relative depending on how a person uses it. It is good to have material possessions in life, however, it doesn’t follow that one will be happy in the end. What is important is deep contentment and satisfaction which could help a person tread the road to happiness. Thank you and I would like to know that your blog is worthwhile to read.

  7. Great philosophers such as Aristotle and Confucius said that if one wants to find happiness, he or she has to give it away. This is quite similar with the old adage which states, “it is better to give than to receive”. However, in this modern times, most of us would often value what we have and what we have accomplished. We are hesitant to share it to others, especially to those who have nothing in life. Our pursuit of happiness often heads to the wrong direction: spending wealth for unnecessary things and the like, thus giving no meaning and purpose to our lives.

    This article is worth the read. But it would have been better if you published the entire Valedictory Speech.

  8. Hello, nicely written but It would have been better if you published the full text of your friend’s Valedictory Address. Thank you!

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