Amidst the challenges and difficulties

If you feel like you’re going through the worst time of your life, think about others who are going through something much, much worse.

If you think that getting 3 or 4 hours of sleep everyday is bad already, think about the thousands of people who couldn’t sleep at night because they lost their homes and their loved ones.

If you feel like getting sick because you don’t have appetite, think about the thousands of people who haven’t eaten anything or drank clean water for three days.

If you feel stressed with the pressure of school, family, and other extra activities, just think that there are others who have lost their homes, their livelihood, and most of all, their loved ones.

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Typhoon Haiyan hit the central Philippines November 8th, Friday at 2 a.m. The strong winds hit the central region (or Visayas region) that affected the islands of Leyte and Samar. This region was the most hit and devastated by Haiyan.

I’ve been watching and reading news about this devastating tragedy that happened in my country and to my fellow Filipinos. This tragedy reminded me once again their strength amidst the challenges and difficulties. They inspired me to work harder–even if I don’t get enough sleep, if I don’t eat enough food, or if I break down due to stress–what they’re going through is nothing compare to what I’m going through. I could hear my friends telling me: just think of the typhoon Haiyan victims and compare their lives from yours. Then you can complain.

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I came across Anderson Cooper’s reporter notebook who was in Tacloban and has been talking to the people. His essay brought me back to reality.

When everything else is taken away, broken, battered, soaked, raw, stripped bare, you see things. You see people as they really are. This week in Tacloban, Samar and Cebu, amidst the hunger and thirst, the chaos and confusion, we’ve seen the best in the Filipino people. Their strength, their courage. I can’t get it out of my mind. Imagine the strength it takes for a mother to search alone for her missing kids, the strength to sleep; on the street near the body of her child.

We’ve seen people with every reason to despair, every right to be angry, instead find ways to laugh, to love, to stand up, to move forward.

A storm breaks wood and bone, brings hurt and heartbreak. In the end, the wind, the water, the horror it brings is not the end of the story.

With aid and assistance, compassion and care, this place, these people…they will make it through. They already survived the worst. They’re bowed, perhaps tired and traumatized, but they are not broken.

Mabuhay Philippines! Maraming salamat for all you’ve shown us. Maraming salamat for showing us all how to live.

I absolutely agree. There’s nothing that the survivors could do but move on and live again. I admire them for showing their strength in these times of grief and devastation. I hope I could think like them, too.

 

Anderson Cooper video: Source