We need childlike eyes to meet 2014

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By Evelyn R. Luab

Light Sunday

Saturday, December 28, 2013

DO I believe in New Year’s Resolutions? I’m afraid at my age, I’m way past that. I’ve broken so many resolutions that I’ve given up.

However, I would like us to throw away our somberness, our being too wary and our being too afraid to face the future.

We’ve been hit and hurt too much in 2013. But we cannot just remain in a hopeless rut and blame the government or Mother Nature for everything.

So what do I expect us to do? Recover our childlike interest in everything that life has to offer. Let me give you an example. One recent Friday morning at the Cebu Business Park grounds, two of our members in our hiking group made us grin fondly at what they were doing. Both gentlemen, who are pillars in the community, were so enthralled with a tiny cell phone. They were so engrossed in playing with it and were oblivious to the rest of us.

While we watched their faces I remarked, ‘’Oh well, men are still little boys at heart!’’ Can you imagine my surprise when a unanimous response from the all the males around us came out loud and clear? They chorused, “We completely agree!” They too had been watching and discovering the several facets of the tiny cell phone.

Looking back, I guess I would like all of us to become again wide-eyed and expectant; full of zest and bursting with energy to discover anew the wonders which life has to offer.

I just paid a visit to a friend who lives along the coast in one of the towns. She had a beach house that was thoroughly demolished by Yolanda. All that was left were the concrete steps leading from her veranda to the waters of the sea.

Since the sun was about to set, we sat on the highest step and dangled our feet into the sea as it was high tide. A fisherman on his way out to sea saw us and shouted “Ako pa ninyo, mamasol mo!’’(If I were you, I’d fish).

Immediately my friend asked for her late husband’s fishing poles and we had the time of our lives enjoying the tugs on our poles as the school of fish nibbled on the baits we kept on replenishing. By the time dusk came, the stars came out. We felt that somehow we had washed away the cares of the week and everything about the sea brought back sweet memories of childhood.

2014 will of course bring headaches especially financial ones, since prices are soaring due to the disasters which destroyed crops.

However there are possibilities that may come, that may just surprise us.

New opportunities may introduce other interests which could be fulfilling. There could be visits to places never opened to us before. There could be renewal of old long forgotten friendships or a meeting of new minds to enhance growth.

Perhaps what I’d like us to recover is the childlike trust and openness to new things. Have you ever sat behind a pew where a mother carries a year old child during mass? Try eye contact with the child and smile. Chances are you will get a toothless grin plus a chuckle.

I’m not saying that with childlike eyes, we won’t get hurt, rebuffed or disappointed but what are a few of those compared to the awe, wonder and the thrill of discovering the treasures life brings?

A child also never thinks of ulterior motives. He accepts statements, actions without negative thoughts. Today we have gotten to a stage where distrust and suspicion are our first reactions to what seems too good to be true. We also dissect seemingly harmless statements and analyze and speculate if the statements are loaded with innuendos or not.


Isn’t it time for us to believe again in each other? We should also be able to say sorry like a child does with no holding of grudges.

A child knows for sure that there will always be new tomorrows because parents normally say to them, ‘’Sleep first and when you wake up, you might just get your wish tomorrow.”

Hopefully if we put our trust in God, the tomorrows in 2014 will be something to look forward to. Believe that things will get better, work for better things and you will be pleasantly blessed.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 29, 2013.


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