Saturday, November 23, 2013

The Resilience of the Filipino Spirit



"Filipinos all over the world are united as one and will continue to do so to be able to live a good life and the greatest life that we truly deserve."


The Philippines experienced another calamity that was considered as one of the strongest and deadliest typhoon in the world. The typhoon "Haiyan" or local name "Yolanda"  brought misery in the lives of the Filipinos affected by the devastation it has caused. In the Central Philippines where the typhoon hit, thousands of people were victims of this natural calamity that has extended to several regions in the Visayas Island. Some has survived while others have lost their lives. 

Weather disturbances of any type is common in the Philippines and the Filipino people learns to embrace this uncontrollable phenomena. It is there since several centuries back even before the talks about climate change has started. The effect of this would be massive destruction to property and the loss of lives. It happens and we are not in total control of this so-called acts of God.


Filipinos are known to have a strong spirit in times of calamities and the world somehow acknowledges this thing considering the numerous typhoons and earthquakes that are experienced. However, no matter how strong we are, still there are also limitations in our being. Filipinos still suffer from anxiety and post-traumatic stress despite being resilient. We can put smile on our faces but there is still some pain inside that we carry. Filipinos are like that; the entire archipelago would share the same attitude when life faces challenges... when life seem to be unfair.


In any challenges; good or bad, there is really something to learn. It is the time to reflect on our ways of dealing with life. Both the strongest and the weakest are tested, if you have the  Perseverance in Times of Despair  then you remain to be strong, but if you play as a victim and not to take responsibility, then perhaps you may want to become one the weakest link.

In the present time, there are several talks and debates about the climate change and its impact to the world. Some would have the interest about the subject and take action while some would just ignore and just let it be. Indeed, what we do to our environment could bounce back on us. If people still seem to be careless and go on with their business interest not minding its environmental effect, then we are in danger. We have seen already the effects of climate change and it continues to manifest its power of destruction to the nations and the people. We've seen how it affected so many lives in several countries and now same fate just happened in the Philippines. How many lives will still be at risk? I believe it's time to ponder on our simple yet meaningful gesture of care to the environment.


People are now starting to realize and believe that there is a natural force beyond our control from the  The Power of Nature  and we have a call of action to make. There may be lots of factors on why this massive destruction happens, but Filipinos will continue to rise up and begin a new life again and again.


If we help each other and do our share to serve and show love and affection, then we can learn how to Get Ahead of Life's Adversities  and believe that something good is coming to our life after we have survived the greatest obstacle that have shaken our spirit. Filipinos all over the world are united as one and will continue to do so to be able to live a good life and the greatest life that we truly deserve.


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