Welcome, Home Happy! We’re happy to see you!
A lady with a baby on her side got on the bus and she couldn’t find a seat. I came up to her and give up my seat for I only stand almost two hours on the way home but this tiny speck of mine is just an extra compared to a five hour run of Anne Curtis to raise funds for the children of Marawi City to 24 hour-straight dancing for donations to feed kids around the world hosted by Judy and Benji Travis. But I realized no matter how big or small good deeds are—-whether it’s for ourselves or our loved ones, the planet earth, or society at large. Your good can be anything from a single good deed to setting yourself up for regular do-gooding. Whatever it is, we are all wired for service. We are all wired for being nice to each other since we were kids. Take it from me—-a kindergarten teacher, who works with the happiest people in the world who makes me happy all the time and always find ways to help me in everything that I do, regardless how big or small it is. But as we get older, we experience negative emotions like failure or depression and are influenced by our family, friends, the media and our environment. We get distracted by the noise of the world and lose our focus on being a human first. Sometimes, we tend to ask questions like How can they so unkind? What makes them so mean? How can a perfectly rational person suddenly lose all sense of human decency? But we are not here on earth to judge them, just because these people make different choices than us, they are not stupid. We don’t know everything about these people, so we shouldn’t judge them but instead, we should help them to get back to their own sweet spot. Dalai Lama once said: “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if we can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.”
I am fully aware that my own dream and one that a lot of people have too is to see a place where we would want to raise a family and build a powerful community to work on common problems and who doesn’t? Every parent wants their children to feel safe and protected and everyone wants to belong and experience life together with other kind-hearted people in a safe and a well-informed community. And I can’t blame those thousands of Filipinos who are migrating to other countries in search for a better life of their family and children. In all honesty, I can’t even see myself to settle down in the Philippines for now, but it doesn’t mean that I can’t help or share my knowledge or skills to serve my fellowmen even if I’m far away. I am reminded of our national hero Dr. Jose Rizal: “He who does not know how to look back at where he came from will never get to his destination.”
I have been away from my “home” country for a while and so I come home with a lot of things to thank for the city center that has seen improvements in infrastructure and public spaces, which they undergo renewal efforts over the last two years to improve livability. It means more jobs are popping up and it is easier, faster, more convenient and less expensive for people to travel and transport—-for a healthy economy. And we’re so fortunate living in the city because we get to experience all of these fancy things. However, many people in our own community who are struggling to meet their daily lives in far-flung areas. But what I’m trying to say is that it is not only about the change in infrastructure which is a certain place made a better place, it is also brought a new generation of young people interested in the better future for everybody, regardless. That’s one thing we missed, in particular, that should be taught in school. We may have wider freeways but we have narrower viewpoints. We may have tall buildings but we have shorter tempers. We may have colorful city lights but we have a dimming vision at night. The Filipino youth struggle to find it’s way out despite our country’s rising economy. But I am still hopeful to see young people who choose to solve issues around energy access and bring the internet access to a very large population in outskirts of the city for e-learning in public schools. Young people who choose to create a business to empower people who are physically challenged to work despite their circumstances. Young people who choose to set up a foundation, where everyone can come and borrow some beautiful dresses and getting their free make-up or hair done professionally by some volunteers to pull-out that much-needed confidence for the final interview. I am short-sighted, I can’t see very well at a distance but things that are close by are crystal clear to me. And this community blog, the HappyCupSoul is the clearest ambition that is broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own. We are not screen-oriented but rather we are people-oriented who create a community, a bunch of people who can feel they belong, it’s okay to do things differently, take the road less traveled and inspire people to change. If you’re one of us.
Welcome, Home. Let’s spill the good vibes together!