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Still Standing

Two things fell from my hands today: my laptop and myself. If you would ask which is devastating, I guess both are, except in varied effects.

Isolating myself from the pool of reporters due to an allergy attack, I sat in the other room while listening to the press briefing’s live streaming. As I sat on the couch, I plugged my laptop opposite to me. People passing by were careful not to trip on the wire until one accidentally did. In effect, my laptop flew from my hands and crashed on the floor.

It horrified me and the people around me. My notes were gone. The screen turned black. My broadband stick was bent. But adjusting the battery and turning it on again, I was surprised.

It’s still working.

Later at a coverage, I was pressured. Going to the other side of the waiting area to plug my laptop, I left my other bag and other things. But when I returned to the place where I had been, I was deceived at the floor, which I thought was flat. Loosing my footing on the lower step, my feet gave way, hit my right knee, and my body fell to the floor as I gave a scream.

Again, it horrified me and the people around me. My poise was gone. All eyes were pitiful at me. I was shaking when the presidential guards were picking me up. My knee was badly hurt. I sat on another chair as the other people were helping me at my things. But later within the day, I am thankful.

I’m still standing.

These things are enough reasons for me to grumble. I can moan and blame anybody for my laptop’s injury. I can even blame myself for making an embarrassing scene at the coverage. But there’s no time for that. All I have to do is to overcome.

And that’s amazing.

We overcome when we don’t dwell in the tragedy. We overcome when we see dark things in the positive. We overcome when we are thankful in every circumstance.

I am surprised that I did not complain. Instead, I just smiled, said “It’s ok”, thanked the people who helped me (especially to the presidential guards who were quick to pick me up), and continued my work.

So, I realized this is just a small testing. I remember how I prayed that I will overcome when I come through trials and testing. God’s grace is amazing. He never fails to listen to your small request. And I saw how He answered it.

I’m anticipating a purple, bruised knee tomorrow. I wouldn’t mind. As long as I am still standing — especially on the Rock. ­čÖé

Where's the bruised knee? Still standing and walking around after a fall. :)

Where’s the bruised knee? Still standing and walking around after a fall. ­čÖé

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The Cause of Critical Thinking

This society is tired of thinking. For the cause of knowing things and bringing them to conclusion, we tend to speculate instead of digging deeper due to our lack of perseverance to find the unadulterated truth. Most views are results of quick conclusions. Just like our digestive system, our minds are tired of digesting every information forced into us. We have no time to think things over. We have to move on.

I must admit it’s sometimes tiring talking and listening to people who make up senseless conclusions to an issue. People tend to get what they see, and don’t take time to understand the other side of an issue. Well, we wouldn’t have much time at all, as we have to move on to another issue.

Media awaiting for the remains of Sec. Jesse Robredo at Malacanang. Speculations that his aid left him in the plane carelessly floated through social media. Yet, these speculations were silenced when his wife, Atty. Leni Robredo, thanked his aid Jun Abrasado for being her husband’s protector.

There are times that people would ask me or my fellow reporter, on a certain issue. When Sec. Jesse Robredo died in a plane crash, a few people asked me hoping to confirm that the plane crash’s lone survivor, his aid Jun Abrasado, was the primary suspect at all. By my observation, even though they asked me, they already have a conclusion drawn into their brains. And no matter how you tell them that the investigation’s not over yet, they’d stand on their original cause: he is the suspect.

Tragically, the majority is satisfied with speculations. What 86% of the population nods at, that’s final and execucatory. When the issue has died and when the unaired side has come up, no one seems to care, for judgment has been finalized.

And yes, we have moved on, to speculate on another issue.

I wonder if everyone would silence down and think about things will truth and understanding dawn into us. We love to speculate for we love to blame. Even though we don’t have a first hand on issues, it’s natural for many to point the blame at someone (just like in Jun Abrasado’s case) in order to prove that we are better than the accused. Oh, and we are tired of thinking things (and reactions) over. We think we are intelligent enough to say what we think in an issue. But when we shut up and think of what we have speculated and said, it was not for good at all – it was just another demolition job to a single person or to society itself.

“Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.” Proverbs 13:3 says. I must admit I am not careful with my words all the time. But when we are careful with our mouths and think over what we see and hear, I believe there’s no reason to speculate and talk senselessly. Talking senseless things is an end to the prudent soul and this bring us to the loss – and perhaps, death – of knowledge. Ending up in speculation will cause us to cease from pushing for further knowledge of things around us, and stop us from pursuing the truth the Lord wants us to know. Besides, when we do, our brains will not be exercised well, causing us not to be productive in thinking.

It’s not easy to teach society to unlearn and learn. In our pride, we hastily conclude things. In order to do so, I guess there has to be a destruction of the order of norms that we have known and has been perversed for generations. One painful wake-up call must be a cause for us to think and rethink…instead of blaming and speculating, which fools usually do.

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