"Whatever you do is a reflection of you” so they say. A man only produces what he is or what is already inside him. Excellence is a lifestyle, and if there is none in a person, hardly will he produce excellent results in whatever endeavor he does.
Excellence is defined by Oxford Dictionary as the quality of being outstanding or extremely good. It does not mean perfection but simply the result of pursuing perfection. As Vince Lombardi said, “Perfection is not attainable but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.” From this point of view, excellence is being the best at doing something, a valuable characteristic that distinct men and women possess.
How can excellence be shown in a society where standards are already set and creativity is seldom encouraged? With the prevailing and widespread corruption in the public and private sector, is excellence still possible to attain? Though temptations surround every personnel in a lot of public and private institutions, excellence can be achieved if there is will and desire to attain it. It is just a matter of character and attitude. As Ralph Marston said, “Excellence is not a skill. It’s an attitude.” Confucius also supports the idea. He said, “The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential...these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” The Civil Service Commission believes the same; thus, excellence is identified as one of the core values all civil servants must possess.
The Filipino people deserve the best. People expect highly from public servants as positions in the government are regarded with honor. Possessing excellence means there will be no haphazard work among the officials and employees, and all government transactions and projects will be praiseworthy. Infrastructures will be finished and completed on time, every output has a taste of class, and materials are of superb quality. With excellence as the end goal, public servants will no longer settle for less than the best or render substandard compliance to projects.
We dream of a day when all people, especially the public officials and employees as models, live with the highest standard of excellence. We dream of a generation who would give their best in building the physical and moral infrastructures that would last for a lifetime, putting in mind the sake of the next generations who will be proud of what their forefathers have started. To achieve this, we must put into remembrance, “Whatever we do, let’s work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
We are created in the image and likeness of God. Thus, excellence is part of our nature. From now on, we commit to have this in mind that as we do beyond what is expected of us everyday, we manifest that excellence inside us. We endeavor to produce excellent results in whatever we put our hands into. We shall not settle for anything less than the best but strive to make all things work for God’s glory.
Lord, forgive us for settling for what is convenient and easy, for not giving all that we can to manifest Your excellent nature. Thank You for another chance to live excellently from now on. We ask for the grace to make excellence our lifestyle and attitude. As we serve the Filipino people, help us to always remember that we are doing this not for man but for You. All these, in God’s Name we pray, amen.
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