Resilience Above Everything

by, Bernadette Gimena, IV-Kagitingan
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Wars, tragedy, corruption, poverty, different touchstones that left each and every Filipino in despair passed by. But rather than letting trials overcome and drain us, we find ways to rise from ashes.

As these stones touched us, many distinctions describe us, as one Filipino with one race and one faith. There’s only one word can depict us –RESILIENCE: an ineffable quality that allows people to be knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever. Several tests and attempts came along our way but we are still one. We, Filipinos have worked with adversity in such a way that one comes through it unharmed or even better from the experiences.

As one, we had faced life’s difficulties with courage and patience – refusing to give up. All of these rooted in a tenacity of spirit – desire and determination to embrace all that makes life worth living even in the face of overwhelming odds. To Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao or everywhere, resiliency comes from a country – from the relationships among our countrymen that allow us to lean on each other for support when we need it.

From the non-stop wars and crisis in Zamboanga, from the corruption, from the tragedies, from the detestable experiences that left each innocent Filipino hopeless, we, as one, as a united one with one voice, one country who come from one race remain positive as life wants us too for we still managed to smile, cry and laugh through everything. We don’t allow such dilemmas alter our lives nor to destroy those but allowing them to change us in a positive way: helping others who are in need, making things simple as it is and let not all of us or even one of us be left.

“Tragedy shatters innocence but it need not destroy hope. Resolve to make things better, no matter the size of result, the effort to improve is the key to a better tomorrow.” As we always say: There’s always a rainbow after a rain, a heavy rain which reminds us that there’s always a hope for every deluge.                                  

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