My Belief

I believe in continuous learning. Some people may say they want to grow old with their husbands, well for me, I am in a committed relationship in growing old with continuous learning( don't get me wrong, I'd give anything up for my family and I love them). The moment that you stop learning is the moment that you stop growing. I hunger to be a lifelong learner. In doing so, I am able to accomplish things I value most in my life. I want to explore adventures, get lost in the trails of life, cross someone else’s path unexpectedly, submit to and accept painful challenges, all of these, in order to replenish into a better human being. I want to learn, to love, and to grow from others. When I learn from my agonizing or valuable experiences, from other imperfect individuals who strive to be better people, I am able to blossom closer into my full potential but most importantly, I am able to grow. In all honesty, there really is no point in learning if you don’t apply it, if you don’t act on what you spoke on. If you don’t use it, you lose it.  Learning is the ability to take in knowledge, whether technical or taking in wisdom and applying them so you can grow! I despise risking a life of stagnation, to wither your blessed talents for selfish motivations. Constant learning is constant growth, it doesn’t have to be attending college lectures and doing repetitive math problems, but it’s more of a mindset and a habit that you act upon a daily basis. I have known a few engineering and pilot students who do not understand the concept of learning. Yes, they are successful, driven, job thirsty young students, but learning isn’t all about getting perfect grades, accolades, and resumes. I want to learn so that I can do something with it, I want to continue to make a difference in this world. I love to share my knowledge, testimonies, and experiences with others so they can grow along with me. After all, sharing is caring. Learning is a dedicated will that harnesses you to thirst more and more about passionate topics. I aspire to learn more about what being compassionate truly means and being a faithful servant of God. In relating to this blog, learning is my adventure. It is also my traveling companion. I learn wherever I go. A college student had asked me: Sophie, why do you want to study abroad so much? It was right then and there that I realized this guy does not comprehend that learning can be a universal/ worldwide concept. Learning is beyond school. When I travel, I learn about different cultures, their political standings, their educational systems. I firmly believe that before you approach an issue, you must delve into great measures and to be molded as a citizen of each country in order to truly understand the root of the problems. Thus, I want to acquire as much as I can about others' cultures in order to alleviate their pain. I strongly believe that my destiny is bound by the ties of continuous learning and service. I want to understand how other countries learn and to be an ambassador of light, an advocate of education by sharing my acquired knowledge with the world. I don’t just want to be a citizen of one nation, but a citizen of the world. I want to immerse myself in different cultures so I can see the world and God’s people through diverse lenses. My pursuit as an aerospace engineer truly projects beyond the construction of mechanical devices and the simplistic equation of ideas plus applications equals success. My true objective is to succor both the present and the future generations towards a better life through my professional commitment of constantly striving for innovation and enhancing the welfare and safety of the society. In all, I believe in continuous learning.

Rachel Joy Scott's

Ethics vary with environment, circumstances, and culture. In my own life, ethics play a major role. Whether it was the way I was raised, the experiences I’ve had, or just my outlook on the world and the way things should be. My biggest aspects of ethics include being honest, compassionate, and looking for the best and beauty in everyone.
I’ve been told repeatedly that I trust people too easily, but I find that when I put my faith and trust in people when others would not dare to, they almost never betray me. I would hope that people would put that same faith in me. Trust and honesty is an investment you put in people; if you build enough trust in them and show yourself to be honest, they will do the same in you. I value honesty so much, and it is an expectation I have of myself. I will put honesty before the risk of humiliation, before selfishness, and before anything less worthy of the Gospel truth. Even in being honest and trustworthy, I do not come off cold and heartless. Compassion and honesty go hand in hand, if enough of each is put into every situation. I admire those who trust and are trustworthy.
Compassion is the greatest form of love humans have to offer. According to Webster’s Dictionary, compassion means a feeling of sympathy for another’s misfortune. My definition of compassion is forgiving, loving, helping, leading, and showing mercy for others. I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go.
It wasn’t until recently that I learned that the first, the second, and the third impressions can be deceitful of what kind of person someone is. For example, imagine you had just met someone, and you speak with them three times on brief everyday conversations. They come off as harsh, rude, stubborn, and an ignorant person. You base your judgment on just these three encounters. Let me ask you something…did you ever ask them what their goal in life is, what kind of past they came from, did they experience love, did they experience hurt, did you look into their soul and not just their appearance? Until you know them and not just their “type,” you have no right to shun them. You have not looked for their beauty, their good. You have not seen the light in their eyes. Look hard enough and you always find a light, and you can even help it grow, if you don’t walk away from those three impressions first.
I know that my codes of life may be different from yours, but how do you know that trust, compassion, and beauty will not make this world a better place to be in and this life a better one to live? My codes may seem like a fantasy that can never be reached, but test them for yourself, and see the kind of effect they have in the lives of people around you. You just may start a chain reaction.


Kayla Mueller, Prescott, AZ
Everyone, If you are receiving this letter it means I am still detained but my cell mates (starting from 11/2/2014) have been released. I have asked them to contact  you + send you this letter. It's hard to know what to say. Please know that I am in a safe location, completely unharmed + healthy (put on weight in fact); I have been treated w/ the utmost respect + kindness. I wanted to write you all a well thought out letter (but I didn't know if my cell mates would be leaving in the coming days or the coming months restricting my time but primarily) I could only but write the letter a paragraph at a time, just the thought of you all sends me into a fit of tears. If you could say I have 'suffered' at all throughout this whole experience it is only in knowing how much suffering I have put you all through; I will never ask you to forgive me as I do not deserve forgiveness. I remember mom always telling me that all in all in the end the only one you really have is God. I have come to a place in experience where, in every sense of the word, I have surrendered myself to our creator b/c literally there was no else ... + by God + by your prayers I have felt tenderly cradled in freefall. I have been shown in darkness, light + have learned that even in prison, one can be free. I am grateful. I  have come to see that there is good in every situation, sometimes we just have to look for it. I pray each day that if nothing else, you have felt a certain closeness + surrender to God as well + have formed a bond of love + support amongst one another ... I miss you all as if it has been a decade of forced separation. I have had many a long hour to think, to think of all the things I will do w/ Lex, our first family camping trip, the first meeting @ the airport. I have had many hours to think how only in your absence have I finally @ 25 years old come to realize your place in my life. The gift that is each one of you + the person I could + could not be if you were not a part of my life, my family, my support. I DO NOT want the negotiations for my release to be your duty, if there is any other option take it, even if it takes more time. This should never have become your burden. I have asked these women to support you; please seek their advice. If you have not done so already, [REDACTED] can contact [REDACTED] who may have a certain level of experience with these people. None of us could have known it would be this long but I know I am also fighting from my side in the ways I am able + I have a lot of fight left inside of me. I am not breaking down + I will not give in no matter how long it takes. I wrote a song some months ago that says, 'The part of me that pains the most also gets me out of bed, w/out your hope there would be nothing left ...' aka- The thought of your pain is the source of my own, simultaneously the hope of our reunion is the source of my strength. Please be patient, give your pain to God. I know you would want me to remain strong. That is exactly what I am doing. Do not fear for me, continue to pray as will I + by God's will we will be together soon.
All my everything,

Louis Zamperini's
All I want to tell young people is that you're not going to be anything in life unless you learn to commit to a goal. You have to reach deep within yourself to see if you are willing to make the sacrifices. Your dreams won't always come true, but you'll never know if you don't try. Either way, you will always discover so much of value along the way because you'll always run into problems-- or as I call them, challenges.

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