The last few weeks haven’t exactly been looking too good, have they? You know, June is one of my favorite months in the year, it being my birthday month and all. This year though, there isn’t much to celebrate. You watch TV and read the news and you see bad things happening all around the world, most of the time you just watch, empathize for a second and then move on. We see terror attacks in different parts of the world like Syria. The pictures of women and children displaced and destroyed by all this unnecessary hate and killing seem so far away. We feel so immune and invulnerable from things like these when it’s halfway across the world but this year it’s different. It hit home. Numerous people are hurt and affected by the losses in Marawi and Resorts World Manila. You never think it would happen to you or to someone close to you. Friends, family and acquaintances are mourning the loss of their loved ones. This one struck so close to home for so many of us, it has made many fearful, vulnerable and unable to process an attack so near to us. This has left me so broken. My heart goes out to all the people affected by these tragedies. I wish I could take all the pain and say it’s going to be okay. I can’t imagine what you guys are going through.
Now more than any time we should pray and be strong. Not just personally but as a nation. This is the time we should be as one. These groups and people incite fear and terror as a way to divide us, to create confusion and destruction, we do not let them win. Our greatest strength is each other, so let us stay together and be vigilant as a nation. Let this tragedy unite us as and let us use it as the start of our fight against this fear. I know we can do this, we have gained angels that will guide us through these events. God doesn’t give us anything we can’t handle. Even through tragedies such as this, He knows that we can rise above it.
Let us start small by appreciating what we have right now. Start by thanking people around you, a family member, a neighbor, a security guard, a cashier or whoever you come across. A small thing such as saying thank you can go a long way in making someones day brighter and better. Let us appreciate people while they’re here with us. I personally would like to thank all of our servicemen, people who protect our country, a very thankless job. Thank you for keeping us safe and fighting for us. Thank you for sacrificing your lives so that we may enjoy the benefits of freedom.
I believe in the strength of the Filipino people. If there is one thing I know about us is that we are resilient. We weather storms and navigate rough waters. These tragedies are just another reason to unite us. We will rise once again above this and show the entire world once again that the Filipino is undeniably still worth fighting for.