June 24 Daily Prompt: Morality Play
Where do your morals come from — your family? Your faith? Your philosophical worldview? How do you deal with those who don’t share them, or derive them from a different source?
Technically, I got my morals from my parents who are, in turn, ruled by their faith. But as I grew older, I learned to think for myself and developed my own principles. So, even though there are still some deep-seated lessons my parents ingrained in me; and I am still governed by my own faith, I have acquired my own set of moral codes that come from lessons that I learned along the way.
My morals are what influence my decisions, determine my course of action and shape me as a person. But it is not mine to preach. Others have their own beliefs and virtues and I respect that just as I would like them to respect mine. So I guess it’s not really about me dealing with those who don’t share my morals, it’s more about me dealing with my own conscience. “I should have tried harder to discourage her?” or “Maybe I should have talked him out of it…” is always the debate I would have with myself. But then again, I could tell them that they are wrong till I am blue in the face, if they believe otherwise, who am I to judge? At the end of the day it’s still their decision and their life to live.
Describe a memory or encounter in which you considered your faith, religion, spirituality — or lack of — for the first time.
Wow, today’s Daily Prompt is heavy stuff.
Ok, I have a personal relationship with my God and it started at an early age. It wasn’t brought about by the fact that I studied in a Catholic school or that my parents dragged us to church every Sunday, forced us to pray the rosary every chance we get or made us attend church functions and bible study and all that. My relationship with Him started inside me, by my own volition.
I guess the biggest test of faith I got was in 2009 when typhoon Ketsana/Ondoy devastated our country. Our family home got submerged underwater. It was bad! But every day we went to the house to clean up the mess, I thanked God for keeping my family safe and unharmed; every day we peeled clothes off the closets filled with mud and black water, I thanked God we still have clothes to wear; every time my parents would talk about the repairs that the house needed, I thanked God because my parents were such strong people who could laugh even during a time like that.
I believe that a person’s faith in God, whoever their God may be, is not measured by how many times they go to church, or how many times they pray every day. It’s how you live your life, accepting God’s will, seeing Him in every person you encounter every day, recognizing his goodness despite the tribulations and understanding his power.
I am His servant, and I live to serve Him.
With the start of the new year, I was inspired to look forward and plan the year ahead… Ok, so maybe not exactly plan, more like a new year’s resolution.
I don’t remember when I last made a resolution. I think the last time I did, one of my resolutions was to never make another resolution knowing I can’t really keep them anyway, but it’s worth another try.
So here’s my list:
- I’ll TRY to quit smoking. It’s going to be difficult, but the operative word here is TRY. I hope by the end of 2013 I’d have succeeded.
- I will take better care of myself. In conjunction with my ATTEMPT to quit smoking, I would also like to eat better, be more physically active. I’m not getting younger, as my mom keep telling me, so I’d better take care of ME now while I’m still healthy.
- I will start DOing. I always think “I’d like to do this and that…” but never really got around to actually doing anything. So this year, I am going to make a list of the things I would like to do and just do them.
- I am going to write more, read more, explore more, feed my mind more…
- I want to learn and do something new every month. Like, i want to re-learn how to use a sewing machine, or cook a new recipe, or do those crafty things on pinterest.
- I am going to talk to my family and friends more.
- And lastly (for now), but most importantly, i am goung to pray more. Not that I don’t pray much, it’s just that when i go through the stresses of everyday life, I lose sight of what’s important, Him.
How about you, is there something you would like to be or do to better yourself this 2013?
About 3 years ago the Philippines was hit by a terrible typhoon (you can read about an old blog I wrote about that here) that brought about the most flood water that I have ever experienced in my life. The streets were so deep in flood water that rescuers had to use boats to get to the top of houses where most of the residents stayed and waited. Our whole house was totally submerged. Unprepared, we weren’t able to save anything but the lives of the ones who were currently in the house when the flood waters came.
It’s now happening again. No typhoon this time, but the torrential downpour and the unending rainfall has accumulated more rain water than the previous typhoon that besieged my country… and painfully my family.
It’s agonizing to be so far away, safe, dry, and comfortable when I know my family has to sleep in somebody else’s bed, if they even sleep at all with the rains still falling. I feel so helpless.
I know they are safe, everyone’s accounted for. The house and everything else that were flooded are just material things that can be replaced or fixed. I just wish I could be there for my family; to hold their hands for strength, to make the family whole in facing yet another wrinkle.
I just take comfort in the fact that my family is resilient and strong in both spirit and faith. Nothing fazes them and I know that this too will be just another trial that they will overcome.
I’m starting to get obsessed with my new babies.
When I am in the office, all I do is think of them wondering if they are getting enough sun, or if they are cold.
And when we get home, they are the first ones I check up on, looking to see if they’ve got new tricks to show me.
Well, they surely make me so proud… They are turning a new leaf, literally!
Beautiful Hope’s leaf opening up…
Faith’s spidery leaves growing so fast i can’t keep up!
Percy is still not showing any changes, maybe she’s starting to get jealous. Unless she show’s me life, she’s not going to get any attention from me… Just kidding.