I grew up in poverty and it was not easy, by the time my mother was pregnant, my father leaves us with nothing. When I was five years old, my mother decided to marry so that she has someone to share with and thanks to God He has given me a very responsible father.
He raised me like his own, we are poor but we are happy because he taught us to live with a rich heart than with rich pocket because for him what is the use of money if you have no heart yet you are still poor in the eyes of God.
I did not experience life being a child because when I was10 years old I need to get up early and help my parents. And when I graduated high school, I face another challenge, Do my parents have money in sending me to college? I never ask them I find ways!
I became a working student in my father’s sister I helped them in their household chores both of them my stepfather and his sister had helped me in finishing my college degree. However, it was not that easy but I kept striving until I finished college. Nevertheless, graduating in college is not the end but rather that is where life truly begins and there is more fighting and striving most likely if you are living here in my country.
When I start working as a Social Development Practitioner, here, I totally understand the true status of my country. As people, work harder they become the poorer opposite of what happened in other countries. What we did to help our countrymen, we educate them but not all understand, they do it now and forget later then go back to their usual habit. As John Maxwell said, “if you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always gotten”. If you want to arrive at a new destination, you need to take a new path.
My company advocacy where I currently working is to eradicate poverty as our boss always reminds us of those words for us not to forget and that is the reason why the company exists. We help our clients, we let them borrow small capital to start up a small business but most of them failed, why? Because here in my country, you can start a business but “Pahirapan” in Tagalog and mostly some government employee is not so accommodating it is like you are going to retreat when you see their mad face, that is the reason why most people are not interested in business only a few tried it.
In some countries, the government will help you until you make the stand but here is different you will get what you want but in the hardest way and if you already passed the test, well, congratulation but be careful, if the fruit of your labor shows up someone will stone you down. That is what we called ‘crab mentality.’ That is why people stayed where they are because according to a Filipino saying, “Life is a wheel, sometimes you are up, sometimes you are down. The problem is, when you are down the wheel stops spinning.
I want to share what was my mother answered to me when I questioned her those times I faced difficulties. I say it to her, mom, maybe if you are rich by now your children will not suffer as what we faced right now, but she just gives me a simple answer. Son, if you do not strive hard right now your children will question you the same question.”
Each one of us is responsible for our life, we cannot blame God or our parents, our country, our government of what happens to us. Remember, you will harvest what you have planted. Someone asked God. “God give me everything so I can enjoy my life, God replied; Son, I give you life so you can enjoy everything.”
To God be the glory.