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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Of Rewards and Punishments

Early in life, we were raised knowing what’s right from wrong. If we make mistakes, we’re punished. If we follow orders, we were praised. We have carried that until today. But now, we are old enough. Old enough that we make things even though we know it’s not right. Old enough to know that we were not like the way we were when once young.

That is what I just realized today. I can disobey them. I can say what’s on my mind though I know it hurts. And I can do what I want to do. But beyond all these, my fate still relies on rewards and punishments.

I have been punished. I made a mistake. I rarely come in class on time. I don’t do my assignments. I failed to pass reflection papers. I don’t study hard during examinations. These are the reasons why for the first time, I got two incomplete grades on my major subjects. It was alright for me because I know that I deserved it. But what made me cry was the fact that our teachers declared it on my birthday makes me really sad. Just for this lack of motivation, I think. I really don’t know what had happened to me. In fact, one of my former professor in Biology said that I was very diligent in her class before and she doesn’t have any complaints about my behavior. My classmates, who once commend me for getting highest grades, were like laughing to what had turned out. Now I just regret of what I have done.

I have been rewarded. In spite of my incomplete grades, I still feel that I am rewarded. Last March, I was given a laptop from my parents. A week after that, I was asked to represent our class for an oratorical contest. I was half-hearted in joining since I didn’t have time to practice my piece but fortunately I won the third place (not so bad!). While in our editorial board election of the publication, I was elected as the Business Manager. From a senior writer to this position entails a lot of responsibilities. However, next school year would be my last year in college (hopefully!). It would mean a lot of things for me since it’s a sign that I am close to my dream of finishing school and find a well-paying job someday.

Though we commit mistakes sometimes, we must be thankful because after those troubles are lessons that we have got to learn. More than that, we must remain our faith to Him since He always surprises us with a lot of blessings. And it all lies beyond our hands of what we must take. We just have to be responsible of the things we do in life. We don’t know what happens next. Will we be punished or get rewarded?


  1. As you grow up and experience more, you'll learn to be more responsible.
    Best wishes and hoping that your dreams come true!
    Work on! :)

  2. ahahahha....gibunalan ta ka, then daghan makakita para sadya!!! ahahahahah

  3. very interesting post. I like all what you have said here.
    ~ Colors and Grays

  4. PS: I love those bugs crawling in here. lol

  5. That's part of life. You'll learn a lot from it though. :)
    Thanks for following me! ;)


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