As I write this post past 2 in the morning, I look at my kids and see them slumber peacefully. I still can’t believe God trusted me to raise two kids. Two beautiful, full of gusto and energetic kids. I am forever grateful. As a mother, I’ve been given the role to see them through and make sure I am constantly and consciously guiding them every day. May it be with little things or milestones that become moments worth remembering.
With all that is happening around us, particularly to our country, I often times ask myself “What does the future hold for my kids?” That question always triggers the worry rat in me and mostly negative thoughts cloud my mind.
For us living in the present, today is always not enough. We always have an opinion on how our government runs the country, how overpopulated we are, how painfully traffic it is everywhere, how commuting is definitely not fun in the Philippines, how being a pedestrian here is like playing dodgeball but with a car, how garbage is everywhere, how the poor becomes poorer each day, how time flies and how times have changed. But the truth is, have we done anything to be a catalyst for change or are we just going with the flow?
Personally to initiate change, I vow to give the Philippines two independent and well-rounded citizens who go by the names of Jasmine & Juro. I promise to be the best mother that I can be in order for them to be the best version of themselves. Because I am lucky enough to be their parent who has the time, energy and resources to teach them values and life lessons which I hope they will use as motivations to influence others for the better. Through the valuable life lessons we impart our children, we are creating citizens who are not afraid to go against the norm and tradition. Citizens who are wiser than their predecessors and are proud to use their acquired life skills for the betterment of the nation and not for devious personal goals. If I become successful in raising my kids to be great Filipino citizens, then I know I have contributed something good for the future.
If there’s one thing I can give the Philippines, I would give it a gift of chance. A chance for a brighter future through its young citizens by conducting social welfare and work programs that cover diverse topics that are not primarily taught in school. Hopefully with the help of #GLOBEProjectWonderful2014 , unfortunate or underprivileged (such as orphans or out-of-school) children/youth can learn life skills that can better prepare them for a brighter future. The future THAT solely depends on them. Children who have no/lack guidance when it comes to skills that would help them unleash the potential they need to be successful in whatever endeavor they pursue. More than the financial support, sometimes having an emotional, physical, mental and spiritual support make all the difference. Through the programs, we can help these young individuals by giving them a chance to be the best that they can be.
If we are kind enough to share our blessings to the less fortunate in trying times, kind enough to donate our time and effort in rebuilding a devastated part of our country, then extending a little effort to bring out the best in our children and the children of our country by grooming them to be future leaders, or even just excellent individuals that build a nation is something we, as parents and Filipino citizens can gift our beloved Philippines.
If there’s one thing you can give to the Philippines, what gift would it be?
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Truly there is nothing more wonderfully rewarding than giving a gift that can change the future or shape a nation.