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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Glass or the Juice Analogy

The happiest people don’t have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have… And remember – the richest person is not the one who has the most, but the one who needs the least.

When I was 21 years old, I was walking the dusty roads of Antique during the first area of my service, when we visited one of the dean of the Polytechnic State College in Sibalom, Antique.

He was having a small gathering of his former students who are now established and made good names in the community. Because he didn't drink coffee or tea, and is not so much a fan of soft drinks, he offered his students juice of different variety, pineapple, orange, and pomelo and with eclectic assortment of cups, like porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal - some plain, some expensive, some quite exquisite.
He quietly told me and my American companion as well as his former students to help ourselves with juices to quench the thirst of the hot summer.
When we all had a glass of juice in our hands, he then motioned as if clearing his throat and began to address us in broken English and the local dialect of Hiligaynon and Kiniray-a or Karay-a.
This is not the actual transcript as far as I can remember but he said something this way.
"You may have notice that a lot of the nicer looking glasses were taken first," (napatingin ako sa glass ko, huli na kasi kami kumuha ng kasama kong Kano kaya parang glass yata ng Cheese Spread yung nakuha ko, hahaha, yung sa kano ko na kasama, syempre malaki ang 'lagok' nun kaya yung glass ng Tang Juice ang sa kanya)
"While natural lang sa inyo to want only the best for yourselves, yan actually ang reason bakit nagkakaroon ng mga problema. Be assured that the glasses itself add no quality to the juices. Sa totoo lang ang glass merely disguises or dresses up what we drink. What each of us really wanted was juice to quench our thirst, not a glass, pero talagang we went for the best glass."
(Buti na lang panget glass ko, pero masarap ang juice na pomelo!)
The professor-dean then concluded:
“Now consider this:  
Life is a lot like juice.  
Jobs, money and position in society are merely glasses.  
They are just tools to shape and contain Life, and the type of glass we have does not truly define or change the quality of the Life we live.  
Often, by concentrating only on the glass, 
we fail to enjoy the juice that God has provided us…
God develop the juice, but he does not supply the glass - so bago mawala ang lamig enjoy your juice!"

How true that was! This Psychology professor is making things right and seeing things in the right perspective. I can't helped but nod my head in agreement to what he said. Minsan kasi kayod kalabaw na tayo, and minsan naman we even jeopardize the very right principle na we were raise para lang magkaroon ng mga konting bagay that we can't bring with us kung mawala tayo dito sa mundo. 

There are quality time for the family, and an honest admiration to our loveones.

Kung tatay ka man na nasa abroad, be sweet to your wife, you can do a call or schedule a chat with your son or daughter and ask how are they doing back home, how are their studies, what they did achieve, are they helping their mom, do they pray for your safety? Little act that seems to be nothing but when done sincerely and faithfully will yield happiness to the wife you leave and to the kids you missed.

Kung nanay ka man na nasa abroad, you can send an sms or FB message to your husband how much you think of him, and schedule to have a chat with your sons or daughters and asked them about studies, about their dreams and plans, their fears and their achievement, their simple joys, and stories. I always believe that a mother should stay in the house to take care of the greatest assets we all have, our children, our posterity, but that is not always the case. Mother sometimes needs to earn for the living to help the husband sustain their needs

The happiest people don’t have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have… And remember – the richest person is not the one who has the most, but the one who needs the least.”

We can have the most wonderfully and exquisitely made glasses, but if we don't have the best juices to pour to, it will only be a display that will be pleasing to the eyes but will never make a difference.

Translation: We can be rich, waffu waffu at waffa waffa, sikat pa, pero are we living life to the fullest? Ask ko lang. :)