Marmelisms: April 17, 2013

I could not think of a good working title for this post. Brain’s not working but heart is still working 100%. Scientifically, we all know that the brain really does ALL the thinking and feeling. And the heart is just there to pump blood so that we stay alive. But when we do good for others, you don’t need to think about it and check your feelings, all you need to do and be is: ALIVE. You just have to be alive and help others using your LIFE.

What am I rambling about???

Give back. Let’s give back while we still can. We live each day assuming that we’re still going to be around the next day. Yeah right.

With this, I refuse to live my life just for myself. Life is too short to waste it on me.

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When I was a kid and I didn’t eat my veggies, my mom would often get mad and would tell me that other children didn’t have any food to eat. I wondered if I should feel bad that I had food to eat or if I should just send my food to them. I was a kid. Now that I am older (hopefully, a little wiser), I know it’s not about that.

If you can afford to watch movies or buy expensive stuff, don’t feel bad. You worked hard for it. You earned it (or your parents did–for you). Be glad that it is in your capacity to give back–don’t waste that chance.

I used to think that I have to be rich in order for me to help. I had no clue just how wrong I was.

We hear this a lot: “money is not everything”. And it’s the same thing with giving back. We have our TIME, SKILLS, TALENTS. It is up to us if we want to give back using those.

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Several weeks ago, my kid (5yo) was having a not-so-good moment. She wanted to eat fried chicken (w/ rice and gravy) for dinner. With that, we had a mother and daughter talk about being thankful for what we have–food on the table. I knew that after a few days, she will forget about 80% of what we talked about. But I had to tell her, for my sake.

I told her about children walking 2 hours to school on empty stomachs. Children not having school shoes or even any writing pad. Worse, children not going to school because they have to work. My kid thought something was wrong–my tears were flowing while I was talking.

Education is important. We all know this. But a lot of us take this for granted because it is something that we didn’t have to work hard for–or fight for.

I don’t have the means to build schools or provide free education to the less fortunate. But that does not mean that I can’t give back.

If I can show these children why education is important, if I can give them hope, if I can make them understand that being poor should not hinder them from pursuing their dreams, if I can make any positive change in their lives—my soul will be full… And I know that all I need is for my heart to keep on beating… Just need to be alive–and well. I shall make change.

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Changing the world is not easy, and it’ not supposed to be. But it can be easier. How? Visit these sites:

http://grassroots.org/

http://changetheworld.org/

http://www.relief.org/

http://www.interns.org/

http://www.volunteercenter.com/


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