Here is one of y current treasures of hope.
You are leaving us but embarking on an incredible journey. The options are limitless. You have your goals, your dreams but there is still so much in the air, so much unknown. “Man can learn nothing except by going from what is known to the anonymous.” Claude Bernard. Through the uncertainty, learn, grow, and keep faith. Embrace the mystery and be yourself. “We learn something by doing it, there is no other way.” John Holt. “Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little. The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong. But we take leap after leap in the dark.” Agnes de Mille. Do it big Mario, don’t stop for anything.
As you go into the fashion and art world, never forget what you once told me you wanted to make sure to do, serve. We would talk about ways to help the poor and serve in the fashion world. “It is within your power either to serve God or not to serve him. Serving him, you add to your own good and the good of the whole world. Not serving him, you forfeit your own good and deprive the world of that good which was in your power to create.” Leo Tolstoy. Serve God, Mario, change the world for the better, I know you can. “Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve, you don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” MLK Jr. I know you will still get a college degree but I thought the subject and verb part was fitting for you J. Mario, you have shown me what a heart full of grace is, what a soul generated by love is. I had never met someone so selfless, so generous with all he has. I can only hope that one day, one day I may have half the grace and love you show everyone all the time.
You’ve said how hard it will be to keep your faith in the fashion world and be successful. “God hasn’t called you to be successful. He’s called you to be faithful.” Mother Teresa. Above all Mario, keep the faith. Find that way, I know you can. “Anybody who is any good is different from anybody else.” Be different, don’t be the one that sells himself for fame and success, you can get it with being yourself.
Continue to grow Mario. Learn from all experiences “Everything that happens to you is your teacher. The secret is to learn to sit at the feet of your own life and be taught by it.” Polly B. Berends
When you need a place to go, to escape you know the way back. Just remember this old Chinese saying. “Embrace tiger, return to mountain.” (that seriously is a Chinese saying). Don’t be afraid to come back to the mountain to visit.
Mario, you have taught me so much. To see the world differently. To enjoy the little things, to cherish those little things.
“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.” Alice Walker. You have taught me to see the color purple, and smile. You are that person that the saying says a best friend leaves indelible marks in your life. I will never be the same, in a great way.
Finally, friend, brother, man of God, when shit hits the fan, remember, Just dance! It’s going to be okay – Lady Gaga
I don’t understand 1% of God’s plan for my life.
But I am forever in debt and infinitely tankful for His never ending love to me, and to all of us.
Here are some sketches from math class.