So please bear with my being sentimental for this blog.
As I turn into a year older, I can't help but look back for the year that was. Life is not perfect. Not all the plans I set forth had been fulfilled. I encountered lots of problems and challenges. I had more physical breakdowns. But I have never been happier and fulfilled. I feel wonderfully blessed.
Sometimes, it feels weird. But I finally found joy and inner peace which had been elusive in the last few years. It doesn't mean that I have less problems and challenges now. In fact, I feel that I have more. But I have learned to bend whenever needed - with stronger faith in God. I have learned to let go and let God leads me to His plans. I became more comfortable with my weaknesses and limitations. I know that I just need to do my best and God will do the rest.
I would say that being a son remains the most fulfilling and cherished of all my endeavors. I've made many wrong decisions, trusted wrong people, made numerous mistakes, stumbled with my human weaknesses, failed miserably - wounded, betrayed and judged. But the love of "Inang" and my family continuous to heal me to be whole again and again. As one of my favorite songs goes "The Warrior is a Child", I just run "home" and silently calls out when it becomes too much to bear. For there is no greater love on earth than that of our parents and families. As an OFW, I can't wait to be home for good - after almost two decades of being away from home. This is my strongest motivation why I am investing for the future.
I am what I am because of the love, guidance and inspiration of all my friends, colleagues, relatives, mentors, family and loved-ones. I will continue to offer all that I am and all that I have to the One above with Honor and Glory belongs to HIM alone.
It is my hope that there will be more Filipinos who participates in the ongoing revolution - the Modern Day Bayanihan of Filipinos for a Financially Literate Philippines!!! Having experienced to be away from home for most of my life in order to break the cycle of poverty in my family, it is my fervent prayer that the next generation of Filipinos does not have to leave their families and friends behind just to earn a living.
A year older means a little bit wiser, stronger and more confident and courageous of the future. But deep within - this "OFW warrior remains a child".
For the meantime, let me enjoy my birth month :) :) :) and prepare for the years ahead... Stay blessed everyone!!!
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