By Edward Antonio
Freddie Aguilar consoles the blind, the deaf and the mute in his song, “Bulag, Pipi at Bingi.”
In this song, he says that these kinds of people are lucky because they cannot see the evils of the world (for the blind); they cannot hear all the noise of the world (for the deaf) and for the mute, they have their hands to use.
Sometimes, too much blessings corrupt people, fellas.
There’s this story of a deeply religious high-ranking government official who had this habit of organizing small and large-scale seminars and workshops. Whenever he planned for one, he saw to it that he was in control of everything—from registration to accommodation and food. A week ahead, he would talk to the caterer or to the accommodating hotel to give his demands. He always asked for a 20% commission on food and accommodation. This went on for many years until he became very rich.
With these “blessings,” he was able to buy a lot in the city and put up a big hotel. He had many cars, too.
One Sunday, as was his usual routine, he went to church and was overheard praying:
“Dear Lord, thank You very much for all the financial blessings You have given me in life. Rest assured, dear Lord, that You will receive your due share every Sunday.”
And with that, he dropped his P100 donation.
But God saw that he was evil and His action was swift.
The man’s wife and kids met an accident and they were hospitalized for a long period of time. His anomalous transactions were discovered by the Commission on Audit (COA) and he was dismissed from the service. To finance the hospitalization of his family, he sold his cars and his hotel.
He wept of his misfortune but after joining a religious congregation, he was enlightened and realized all his misdeeds. He is now serving as a pastor.
But not all people repent of their misdeeds, fellas, after receiving much blessings from God.
There was a blind girl who hated herself because she was blind. She hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend. He was always there for her. She said that if she could only see the world, she would marry her boyfriend.
One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her and then, she could see everything, including her boyfriend. Her boyfriend asked her, “Now that you can see the world, will you marry me?”
The girl was shocked when she saw that her boyfriend was blind too and refused to marry him. Her boyfriend walked away in tears, and later wrote a letter to her saying: “Just take care of my eyes dear.”
This is how human brain changes when the status changed. Only few remember what life was before and who’s always been there even in the most painful situations.
And as we ponder on our own misfortunes and blessings, here are some lines to live by, written by an anonymous wise man:
Today before you think of saying an unkind word–
think of someone who can’t speak.
Before you complain about the taste of your food–
think of someone who has nothing to eat.
Before you complain about your husband or wife–
think of someone who is crying out to God for a companion.
Today before you complain about life–
think of someone who went too early to heaven.
Before you complain about your children–
think of someone who desires children but they’re barren.
Before you argue about your dirty house, someone didn’t clean or sweep–
think of the people who are living in the streets.
Before whining about the distance you drive–
think of someone who walks the same distance with their feet.
And when you are tired and complain about your job–
think of the unemployed, the disabled and those who wished they had your job.
But before you think of pointing the finger or condemning another–
remember that not one of us are without sin and we all answer to one maker.
And when depressing thoughts seem to get you down–
put a smile on your face and thank God you’re alive and still around.
Life is a gift – live it, enjoy it, celebrate it and fulfill it.#