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Be thankful for the big and little things

A reflection of God’s miracles in my life.

* During the early part of my married life, I fervently pray for a child. God answered my prayer. My eldest was delivered safely despite the difficulties I went through in the early part of my pregnancy. In medicine, they call it threatened abortion.

* I was a holdup victim twice. I was with my husband when the first incident took place. We were riding a jeepney (public means of transportation) on our way to work in Port Area, Manila, when at least four men in their 20’s announced a holdup.

I was trembling and suddenly had a flash back of my life as the robbery ensue. At gunpoint, the looters amassed the passengers a large amount including pieces of jewelry and cellphones. What if one of the robbers shot at us? What would happen to our children who were very young then? God must be on our side that nothing bad happened to me and my husband, and the rest of the passengers who were all trembling at that time.

* My son suffered a rare disease called Kawasaki Syndrome. We had no one to turn to for help. The medicine should be transfused immediately to avoid complications. Through God’s mercy we were able to raise the fund from our meager savings and some loans. My boy went home safely after 10 days in the hospital. But until now we are praying that my son has fully recovered from his ordeal despite the lack of the needed check up from a heart doctor.

* I was out of job since 2007. The company where I and my husband served for several years is in financial hitch. But we managed to cope. Just before my budget for Hot Deals runs out, some blessings would come. God indeed works in mysterious ways. We are not regular church-goers, but I always remind my children to always pray and thank God for the big and little things that we have at home. God provides and I am thankful for that.

Life is difficult

This couldn’t be any truer. I remember this line from “The Road Less Traveled” by Scott Peck. I read that book 11 years ago, and that line has just stuck to me like bubble gum on a shoe.

Life truly is difficult. It is riddled with trials and suffering. That’s not the end and be all, though. The author goes on to say that, yes, life is difficult, but once we learn to accept this fact, life no longer becomes as difficult. When we realize that life is full of hardships, we then have more realistic expectations of people and life events, so we end up less disappointed when things don’t go our way.

The difficulty lies not in a particular life event itself, but in the way we react to it. Our perception, if you may. Difficulty then, is gauged by our tolerance to suffering and pain.

Embrace life, for all its trials and tribulations. Accept that life is not perfect. We will end up happier that way.