Sheila Tamayao. 17. MNL. Bedan.
I always drempt of becoming a great singer someday so that I could let the world hear my voice and to make my parents proud. Until that one heartbreaking day…
Solidarity is an important concept for all of us. It is the idea that together we can make a difference. Solidarity is not just about having the same vision or the unity of message of a particular people that want to convey, but it is about valuing our fellow human beings and respecting who they are as unique individuals. It is the notion that we’re connected as one nation regardless of our differences. Solidarity helps us see other people and nations as our neighbors. This teaching challenges us to redefine our concept of neighbor, remembering always that every person, regardless of how different they might seem to be from us, is also a child of God, and therefore our brother or sister. We are called to overcome barriers of race, religion, gender, nationality, ethnicity, and economic status and so on to work for peace and justice. We are one, human family and we must go beyond our differences. It is also about standing up for what is right. As Christians, we need to realize that each one of us has his/her own right to voice out our ideas and it is important and relevant in society. Because when we have spoken out our voices on a certain issue, we have delivered the change we seek because together we are much stronger than when we are apart. Solidarity is determination to commit oneself to the common good, because we are all one family and we are responsible for each other.
I can compare Solidarity to a glue because it is something that binds us together to achieve the common good, equality among the people and nations, and peace in the world. In some sense solidarity includes all the other principles and values that are necessary to create and sustain a truly good society. We can show solidarity on many levels. As we go about our daily routine, we can show solidarity by making an effort to get to know a new student or a student who is avoided or picked on by others. We show solidarity in our local communities whenever we work to solve problems that don’t directly affect us. I can apply solidarity to our main issue right now, which is the typhoon Yolanda. One of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded, Haiyan (Yolanda in the Philippines) has caused thousands of fatalities, according to local officials. Haiyan was the second category 5 typhoon to strike the Philippines this year. Almost all of the people around the world showed their solidarity to the Philippines. In the aftermath of super typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan many gave whatever they could no matter how small. Many prayed also, they stormed the heavens pleading to the good Lord. Nations gave humanitarian aid without any condition they simply wanted to help and show their solidarity with the suffering Filipino people.
Courage is not defined by what we do, but what we overcome within ourselves.It’s about seeing, feeling or realizing that something more or different can be done, developing the determination to do it, and then carrying through despite all obstacles. We all have problems and fears in life that we cannot avoid. By having courage to live means setting your own goals, making plans to achieve them, and going after them with all your heart. For example, keep working at the stable job, even though it doesn’t fulfill you. Accepting of what you have in life, and make the best of it and be proud of it. Go with the flow, and don’t rock the boat. Your only hope is that the currents of life will pull you in a favorable direction. Having courage to live is the ability to face down those imaginary fears and reclaim the far more powerful life that you’ve denied yourself. Fear of failure. Fear of rejection. Fear of regret. Fear of success and so on. There are so many good things in life that we should appreciate and take time to realize that everything in this world is beautiful. At the end, you will be proud of yourself when you have overcome your fears and challenges.
Not everything we do in life is based on what we call “kapalaran”. Life is beautiful but not always easy, it has problems, too, and the challenge lies in facing them with courage, letting the beauty of life act like a balm, which makes the pain bearable, during trying times, by providing hope. We all came to the point wherein we think that life is hard and unfair. We see life as punishment throughout our entire lives. We therefore resigned ourselves to fate (Bahala na sa buhay), believing that all is finished. We may think that nothing that we do can ever be good. At most times, we also lost every sense of direction, and in the worst scenario some people go as far as committing suicide, just to escape the injustice life has thrown to them. Life is full of ups and downs. Whenever know what might happen. And for anyone to succeed in life, he/she must be ready to show and prove the world that he/she is capable of everything. He/she must be ready to sacrifice his time and build up his mind frame toward success. What is happening in our environment should not influence or affect us in our daily quest for success in life. Instead, we should control the happenings around us. One thing that I learned from my past experiences is that life can be miserable to you if you take everything for granted and wait on fate to play itself out. We must do something about it like setting of goals and strategic plans that will strive no matter the odds which may move against you. A positive mind will help one to discover his talents and potentials. We must not rush things in life, we must take every second of our life precious.
Whenever I feel alone
I read a book of my own
It takes me to my special zone
Like a place of outmost love and peace is shown
To my life, it adds another piece of me
Sparks my whole world, incredibly
Burning is my passion and desire
It adds logs into the burning fire
In moments of despair
My books are my friends to whom I can share
My deepest feelings
To help me mold my inner being
Love, in many ways
In any type of day
To books that helps me
To be successful as I embark on my wonderful journey
I’m not used in commuting alone because I’m scared and paranoid about what might happen to me and my parents made me get to used to the kind of setup wherein they will send me to the place I’ll go to or fetch me wherever I am or can I just say, they treat me like a baby. Yesterday, I went to school alone and I’ve decided to ride a jeepney because I’ll be late if I would wait for a bus. At the moment when I step up and sit down on the jeepney, my heart beats faster and faster. I’m so nervous and paranoid. At first, the majority of the passengers were women but as we go on, it turned the other way around, the men passengers were more than us and some of them looks suspicious and they really sat beside beside the girls like they want to corner us. I cant do anything but pray. I prayed the rosary until I get to my destination and I’m so blessed because God did not let anything bad happen to me. This incident strengthen my faith much more than before and proved that you can lift up everything to God and must just believe in Him and everything will be okay.
Prayer and work are the access
To reach the peak of success
My inner being is molded
By the bedan core values
To God, I owe myself
He is the redeemer, I cry for help
My faith, my life’s worth
To belong in heaven, my mission here on earth
Spending each and every day like the Father
Will make my heart and soul cleaner
For myself, I have a mission
That is to repay my great nation
Become a hero like my ancestors
A humble citizen like no other
A faithful child of the Almighty
To be a servant of my beloved country
Being a Bedan, Filipino and a Christian
Will mold your personality
To be a better citizen
To have a great nation