Even an ordinary citizen cannot help wonder what this New Year will bring us based on the not so pleasant past events … typhoons and flooding, fire, volcano eruption, what devastation is left yet to be suffered? It was a real struggle. But instead of losing heart, we need to endure and face the future no matter how uncertain. We need to have faith from where we draw our strength. Only then we can stand confident with our face up, our spirit, unbeaten. Most of all we have to thank God we are still alive! Our faith in God must not falter. We may not be rich as other people are. We may not be comfortable as others are. But we might still be better off than they are. Why? We are free to roam around without annoying security guards. Even if we do not have expensive jewels, we are not cognizant of people as if they are potential robbers. How about those people who have a bountiful feast on the dinner table, after the feast some complain of pain in the chest. And what about us? Who only have “tuyo”* for Noche Buena that’s okay, that is all we need. We are still blessed. At least we are not being rushed to the hospital for eating more than what is needed.
*Tuyo is a small dried fish that is very salty. Usually fried then eaten with steamed or fried rice. Better eaten with tomatoes to neutralize the saltiness.