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Better days will come to those who persevere

I HAVE heard only two persons who remarked, “Bakit ako magpapakahirap?” (“Bakit ako magtitiyaga?”) Why not? There’s dignity in labor. Proverbs 6:6 says: “Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise!”

Avoid envy

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HAVE you seen an envious person who is happy? Envious people are never genuinely happy. If they look happy, they just fake it. They are not contented with their own blessings. They are bitter when someone they know is enjoying a good fortune, a happy personal life, a successful career, good health, and great friendships. Never expect them to rejoice with you. They just can’t – and they won’t admit it. Their lives are unhappy and unfulfilled that they feel uncomfortable and inferior when an aspect of your life sparkles. They feel the need to dull your shine, so they are quick to dish out a few hurting comments.

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Love yourself

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“You have to love yourself. That’s the single, powerful thing. Out of that springs: How are you eating? How are you exercising? How are you resting?” (Nia Peeples) May I add: How are you choosing your relationships? What activities and hobbies take up so much of your time and resources? How are you improving yourself?

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HE strong person is not the good wrestler. Rather, the strong person is the one who controls himself when he is angry” (Anonymous).

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MY grandfather always cried “Nanay ko po!” whenever he suffered from some kind of physical pain. His mother was long dead, but he never failed to say “Nanay ko” when he needed comfort.

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What will be inculcated in the hearts and minds of children who grow up seeing the following? Blessings and privileges, even the simple pasalubongs, are equally divided. The house help is given the same kind of food that everybody eats (perhaps in larger quantities, because this person needs more energy). The needs and preferences of all family members are considered, even in planning meals and choosing travel destinations. No particular person is given all the considerations or gets the best part of the pie all the time. Everyone has a role or obligation – and an authority figure sees to it that it is carried out. Kind acts toward other people are encouraged, even if the recipients will not be able to return the favor.

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