living and existing

In the opinions pages of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, I read an article by Melissa Elsa P. Cruz who wrote about her husband’s experience during the 45th ADB meet last May. The article said that both husband and wife where actually actively involved in the Center for Family Ministries of the Ateneo de Manila University. He gave a talk to about a hundred street people, herded from the street and temporarily housed for the duration of the ADB meet.

He presented a talk “Buhay na Buhay Ka Ba, O Buhay Lamang?” (Are you Living a life or simply existing?)

When he asked his audience to tell him what are the hindrances to a full life, the top three answers were: hopelessness, laziness, greed.

When asked what would make your lives worth living? They answered “pagbabago sa sarili” (change of self) “pagtitiwala sa Diyos” (trust in God) and “magsumikap para may makain ang pamilya sa pang araw-araw” (strive and work to put food on the table everyday)

It only goes to show that sometimes all that people actually need is a helping hand and a chance at a better life.

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~ by allen mallari on July 15, 2013.

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