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He rose from the dead

I never met Mang Resty, a former photographer at PJI. He was there long before I came in. But I was lucky to have heard his uncanny story from the man himself.

Mang Resty had a reputation for always being late when reporting for assignments. But on a particular day, he was unbelievably early. Half an hour before he left for his assignment in Makati, he felt dizzy. The company nurse gave him medicine to alleviate his dizziness. The nurse followed procedures and took his blood pressure. The nurse heaved a sigh of relief as the blood pressure apparatus reading was normal, but when he tried to help Mang Resty get up, his legs suddenly felt woobly.

He let Mang Resty rest again, but he suddenly had seizure and his pulse went blank a few minutes later. He was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. But doctors still placed him at the ICU where they waited for another 24-hours.

After the critical period lapsed, doctors officially declared him dead. Word about Mang Resty’s untimely demise spread like wildfire.

But miracles do happen as 48 hours after he was wheeled into the hospital emergency room, Mang Resty woke up, sat on his bed and began talking to his wife as if nothing happened. He could not remember a thing of the 48 hours that he was detached from the real world (unlike those who experienced near-death encounters sa seen on movies or sony tvs).

His attending physician had told him that the abscene of any astral projection or paranormal experience could be the will of God.

Life Lessons Teacher: The Street Beggar

To say that I am utterly amazed would be an understatement. I had lunch with a friend and her 5-year old daughter today, and I almost fell off my seat when she blurted out, “Mama, I want to get some take out food for that old lady we saw begging on the streets yesterday.”

It’s admirable how such a young girl feels empathy for people who take to the streets just to manage to put food in their mouths. While other kids her age would bug their moms about getting them the latest Barbie dollhouse, she thinks about feeding the poor. And to think that they saw that old lady the day before! The image of a poor old hag begging for food must’ve stuck to her like crazy glue- and for good measure!

We adults could learn a thing or two from this kid. That doesn’t necessarily mean that we should doggy bag every little scrap of meat from a fancy restaurant and dole them out to people on the streets. More than material things, what matters more is the immaterial. We can share our time, for instance, and volunteer to cheer kids up at a nearby hospital. Simple acts of kindness and generosity go a long way.