Maricel is our house helper.
She shared to me a very touching story.
Last month, she went home to her province in Dumaguete. She borrowed money from us to buy the little plot of land that her family house was standing on. She also brought home her savings, buying a sack of rice for her family.
She also went home to spend time with her siblings and their children—her little nephews and nieces. So one bright morning, from the barrio - small province, they travelled to Dumaguete City. Maricel paid for all their jeepney fares.
Everyone was excited, she said. Because for some of them, it was the first time to visit the city.
She brought her family to a mall - and the kids were beside themselves with joy.
What they loved most was the escalators. They shrieked with delight, “Ate, yung hagdan, tumatakbo!” (The stairs are running!)
When they went home, everyone was so happy.
One of her little nieces hugged Maricel and asked, “Tita, sa susunod na taon, ipasyal mo kami ulit, ha?” (Auntie, bring us out next year, okay?) Clearly, it was the high point of their year.
Casually, I asked Maricel, “What did you eat in the mall?”
“Hindi po kami kumain, Kuya Bo. Walang budget, eh.” (We didn’t eat. I had no budget.)
Her answer brought me to tears. Those kids went to the mall and went home without eating, and yet they were so happy.
Sometimes, I forget how blessed I am.
Sometimes, we have food in front of us, and we even have the gall to complain that it isn’t our favorite.
No wonder we lack happiness in our lives.
And no wonder our bodies are sick!
Learn to be more grateful for life.
Live in gratitude.
Celebrate God’s goodness, even in the smallest blessings!