When one is blind
One is blind completely.
But when you start to see,
The truth starts to reveal itself,
Everything gets exposed in the light,
Then one can see ever so clearly.
Either you see or you are blind,
Either you live in the truth or a lie,
Light or darkness,
There is no in between.
If not, the soul decays slowly,
And you’re not even aware it has died,
Live in the truth, pursue the light
And you will be free.
One of the things that continuously amazes the world and foreigners present in the disaster areas ravaged by typhoon Haiyan is how Filipinos can still manage to smile through calamities. That they see them with bleeding wounds on their faces and bodies, mourning their lost loved ones, with no homes, and yet they can still manage to smile and be gracious. It is not a sign of weakness, or stupidity, no, not at all. The Filipino is born with a good sense of humour, and so the load is lightened with a joke, or a smile. But it is also about being resilient; having a certain stoicism in times of adversity, a strength inside that has developed through growing up in hardships and poverty; also faith, yes, a lot of faith in the goodness of men, the sovereignty of God and hope in the ability to rise up beyond tragedies. Suffering purifies the character, almost like gold being refined, and a stronger nation arises from the ashes.
As the world witness that strength to survive and keep living amongst the people, when we see the innocent children playing amidst the chaos and hopelessness, there is a glimmer of hope, a flicker of light that will continue to shine and lift the Filipino spirit. Then we clearly see there is nothing to fear, and that there is hope – that the nation, once more, will survive.
~ written with a lot of love and respect for my people, Rowena Isidro, 16 November 2013
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