Tuesday, January 19, 2010


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Most common factors that trigger indecision, doubt and fear are the environment and the people around. High-profile scandals and ethical fiascoes from all walks of life surround today's society. Commonplace and at every level are unchecked greed, lack of accountability, cultural indifference, and moral decay. All these could be summed up to the fact that, it seems uncertainty of all kinds is prevalent in our endeavors because what is happening in our surroundings is a survival of the fittest.

Indeed, such facts and circumstances obtaining, there are those who just gave up the idea of a better life, and settled with whatever they have. Everybody is affected, therefore, the rest of us experiences self-diminishing in life that continue to linger in the present and threaten his future. Surrounded by pessimists can easily veer a person away from getting something positive out of life. What an awful feeling it is when we feel all alone.

“Unless someone like you cares a whole, awful lot. Things aren't going to get better, they're not!” -- dr. Seuss, the lorax

“The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care.” Charles Schulz

We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from it. The most important fact is not what you will take when you will be gone because you will take nothing. Instead, exploit your potentials and all the resources around you as much as necessary and before leaving this earth, contribute as much as possible to the world and its future generations.

We humans are social beings. We come into the world as the result of others’ actions. We survive here in dependence on others. Whether we like it or not, there is hardly a moment of our lives when we do not benefit from others’ activities. For this reason it is hardly surprising that most of our happiness arises in the context of our relationships with others. Nor is it so remarkable that our greatest joy should come when we are motivated by concern for others.

We all need help no matter how much we have, no matter how much we have accomplished. In like manner that no matter how little we have, no matter how loaded we are with problems, even without money or a place to sleep, we can give help.

Even if it's just a compliment, you can give that. You never know when you may see someone that appears to have it all. They are waiting on you to give them what they don't have. A different perspective on life, a glimpse at something beautiful, a respite from daily chaos; that only you through a torn world can see.

“There is a destiny that makes us brothers none goes his way alone. All that we send into the lives of others comes back into our own.” Edwin Markham

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. As Martin Luther King, Jr. admonished "We must learn to live together as brothers, or perish together as fools."

President Obama puts it this way: "... no barriers of race, gender or physical infirmity can restrain the human spirit; and ... the truest test of a person's life is what we do for one another."

Remember the story about the “Mouse Trap”? As the story goes, the mouse discovered that the farmer’s house had a mouse trap. So he warned the chicken, the pig and the cow about it. But all of them did not pay attention because it does not concern them but the mouse.

That very night, a sound was heard, something like a mouse was trapped. When the farmer’s wife run to see, the snake which tail was caught by the mouse trap bit her. The wife had a fever, so, the farmer butchered the chicken for soup to cure her fever. But his wife's sickness continued, so friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig. The farmer's wife did not get well; she died. So, many people came for her funeral, the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them.

The mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness. So, the next time you hear someone is facing a problem and think it doesn't concern you, remember: when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk. We are all involved in this journey called life. We must keep an eye out for one another and make an extra effort to encourage one another. Each of us is a vital thread in another person's tapestry.

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