“Our life worth is not our net worth but the impact we have on others.” –James Altucher
Looking through my drive, I saw wonderful pictures I have in my archive, I am happy reminiscing those beautiful days. As I continue to browse further, I saw more interesting pictures , these pictures niether have a famous landmark nor it features a high-end restaurant or anything fancy but it has the most striking pictures among the bunch I have.
It captures the genuine smile of the kids, the joy of the people and the soft side of me. Sometime ago around Yuletide season, the time when most people splurge on buying presents or preparing for a lavish party. I on the other hand is splurging also not on those I mention earlier rather than on charities, I have committed
(I’m really hands-on to this.LOL) together with the help of my friends, we made things possible. 🙂
In time with my blogs anniversary, as I start a new chapter to this outlet I have created a year ago, I want to bring with me the lessons that I learnt from those kids. To begin with, I will feature the island of Pangan an.
Sailing with love
In our company, there is a Japanese couple, Miki and Tomo, who had been doing a philanthropic acts to an island, a mission they had started a couple of years ago. They are sharing this noble act to everyone, who is willing to lend a hand. They feed and touch lives in the less fortunate island inhabitants located in the outskirts of the Mactan group of islands, the Pangan -an island, it’s an off beaten road to most and I even doubt everyone knew the existence of this island.
Honestly, I faced with deep ambivalence at first but I gave in. I was moved with their compelling stories and make me want to meet those kids. So mark that day, I have been anticipating and pure bliss were found.
Cruising going to the island itself has been a challenge already, I believe. The waves can get wild and angry, yet you shall not be petrified because your desire to help is stronger and bigger than the waves.
The cute innocent kids warmly welcomed us and it already made my day (The featured picture above). During our sojourn in the island, we reconnected with the kids. We fed, played and taught them, there was no dull moment! All the hours were filled with joy, laughter and unending storytelling. In helping others, it knows no language and race, it was my afterthought at the end of the day.
As the sun tints the canvass sky with shades of tangerine, signaling us to leave the island, sailing with love back to the concrete jungle in the metropolis. Bringing the lessons learnt from the island, is a good day spent. 😉
Christmas is for the kids as they said and I believe it is. Thus, our team and I had collaborated with an orphanage whose mission is to be permanent home for the destitute, physically and mentally handicapped children, and receives those with cerebral palsy, autism and Down’s syndrome., Missionaries of the Poor – Cebu.
Situated in Sawang Calero, Pasil, it is a haven for those kids, an asylum for their young dreams and a sanctuary of their precious life. With our willingness to help, in spite of the meager resources from our wallets, little did we realize were able to materialize the visions of compassion, we had aspired for those little angels, we have met both ends.
Seeing those pitiable human beings, smiling back at you is such a joy beyond compare, they need no words to express how they felt, the gravity of emotion is stronger than words could mean and above all, their optimism is unquestionable despite their dire situation. They are seeing the silver lining clearer each daybreak with His unconditional love.
As the day comes to a close, funny may, it seems but those angels found have taught us life long lessons. The best things in life are free after all, the joy in sharing, giving and serving. . Living the practices of Christ and seeing happiness in its purest form and substance.
On a whole, I think charity is a universal duty, each of us have a part to take, a virtue naturally embedded in us as it was said, charity begins at home. In our home, we were first taught the essentials of life, compassion and service are part of it.
It is in our home, we, have grown as a child, we spent our youth and the kid we were once. Thus, we have been exposed so much into this virtue. Let me end this post by saying, Satisfying life purpose doesn’t mean for yourself alone, you might find it with others.
This has been my first anniversary post, never would have thought I could reach. Thank you for sharing this milestone with me. Cheers!
P. S: I would to extend my gratitude to Miss Krishna and Miss Chai for providing me these pictures. Salamat! 🙂