The Mystic Chinese Philosopher Laozi had this to say about acceptance: “Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.”
It’s no secret that Bb. Pilipinas-Supranational 2014 Yvethe Marie Santiago dreamt of getting the Miss Universe Philippines 2014 crown – not only for herself, but also for her family and loved ones plus thousands of supporters who have placed her on top of a pedestal right from the start. On that fateful night of March 30, though, she was surprised to hear her name called for a title other than what she was setting her sights on. But it only took her a short while to take into stock the turn of events. She quickly realized that “hey, I am actually a Bb. Pilipinas winner now!” And from that point of open-armed acceptance, she coasted along each passing day knowing that she has been given the responsibility of carrying the whole weight of her country as she looks to achieve a more meaningful back-to-back victory in Miss Supranational 2014.
Acceptance is best served when steaming hot, i.e., on the spot and leaving things to fate unless there is more than sufficient reason and evidence to refuse the circumstances. The moment the feeling becomes lukewarm, the believability of the same gets diluted by ill thoughts. While not everyone believes that everything happens for a reason, nothing happens just for the sake of bringing one against the expected flow of results.
Just like the outcome of Bb. Pilipinas 2014. A few minutes after the announcement of winners and with still some questions left unanswered, I decided to move on and take everything as is. It wasn’t entirely difficult for me. While the regrets keep on nagging long after March 30, I always remind myself that we’re on Team Philippines now. ;-)