Love in an open palm-A A +A
By Mimi Olarga
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Edna St. Vincent Millay once wrote in one of her sonnets:
“Love in the open hand, nothing but that,
Ungemmed, unhidden, …….
As one should bring you cowslips in a hat
Swung from the hand, or apples in … skirt,
I bring to you, calling out as children do:
"Look what I have! — And these are all for you."
Ten pesos. Ungemmed. Unhidden. And these are all for you. Ten pesos. Such amount is just what an ordinary student pays for half an hour of a computer game or a small quantity for browsing and chatting with friends and acquaintances in the social networking sites. Ten pesos could even be a minimal mobile phone load for a day. To an ordinary cigarette smoker, the amount is good for his two sticks of cigarette as consumption for a day. To a simple office employee, the number may buy him or her small bottle of cold soda drink.
But when the P10.00 of the members of a community is pooled together, and handed out with outmost concern and agape love, the gesture and the amount, though small or big, can make a difference.
We cannot give with a close heart or a clenched hand. We have to open our eyes wide to see the miseries around us, our hearts to sympathize with those in need and extend helping hands to show we care.
With the killer earthquake which took toll of the lives of our neighbors in Central Visayas and destroyed many cultural edifices, we cannot help but open our hearts and minds to the great need of our fellowmen.
What came out as plain discussion of the daily news over a simple lunch turned into one noble cause. With the members of the Technological University of the Philippines Visayas Staff Association huddled together in one table,”Sampu-sampu mula sa Puso” had its birthing. The premise is very simple: if one member of the academic community of TUPVisayas will wholeheartedly share his or her ten pesos, then a reasonable collection can be generated and can be sent through the Social Action Center of our Diocese.
Such noble endeavor was launched last Wednesday morning, October 23, 2013 in a simple ceremony witnessed by members of the four sectors of the University: the Administration, faculty, staff and students. Three empty water containers invite all sectoral representatives to share their precious PhP10.00. Much as hope really springs eternal in the hearts of every man, with fingers crossed, and heartfelt prayers, the members of the TUPV Staff Association wish for everybody to be generous of their resources.
Somebody said we should not boast of our good deeds. But “sampu-sampu mula sa puso” is not just for photo ops, selfish interest or personal gains. It is a noble Christian endeavor coupled with agape love. As Jamie Rivera’s “Only Selfless Love” sentimentally resonates:
“We call all families/Share the treasure that's in your hands/What can save us now,/what can lead us now,/ what can make us all be one /Only selfless love, Jesus show the world / That only selfless love can bring a hundred fold /Of fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, homes /Where peace and mercy reign/Where faith and hope remain /Where life begins and ends in God's embrace /Calling all families /Let's make it happen /Through only selfless love”.
This is a call for all members of TUPV to heed. And as of this writing, many hearts have joined their beats to make “Sampu-sampu mula sa Puso” a success.
If we just reflect for a while and put ourselves in the shoes of our afflicted brethren, who have lost home, loved ones, live in evacuation centers, wait on dole –outs, scamper for the meager parcels of food, budget his or her water consumption just for mere lack of it, and are always anxious of after-shocks, then we cannot but thank the Lord for the so many blessings and graces we have received, and enjoyed. Thus, loving others through sharing, will become the very essence of our living. Love in our open palms – and “these are all for you!”
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on October 26, 2013.