WE are all afraid of the unknown and the untried. That is perfectly normal. We think of the worst before we think of the positive things that could happen.
When we first bought our farm in Bato, Samboan, we also had to buy the old house that went with the farm. It was so dilapidated that the roofs were leaking and the walls were falling apart. In short, the house was ready to topple down.
The first thing we had to remove was the roof. We slept under the stars. None of my five daughters would stay in their rooms. They decided to sleep with us on the floor. With the windows open, we could see the bats hanging upside down. For city kids, this sight was pretty scary. When the owl started hooting, all scrambled to be as near to their Dad as they could be. For a week we braved the scary nights. By the time the house was livable, the kids had gotten used to the sight of bats, monitor lizards, house snakes, the sound of crickets and the birds coming home to their nests. By the time we were ready to leave the house, every member of the family did not want to go back to the city.
Our nearest neighbor was in the next house but she was old and lived alone. Our other neighbors lived a hill away. Our tenant enjoyed telling the kids stories about witches and “enkantos.” You can just imagine how these stories affected the children at night. But did anything bad happen to us? Good people instead came along to help us rebuild the house and to help us plant our trees. Now that the kids are grown-ups, they still treasure the good times, the scary and pleasant times we had at the farm.
Today, as we start the new term with our newly elected officials, we are so worried especially because of certain pronouncements like the bad ones will get what they definitely deserve regardless of the consequences. We, of course, hope and pray that violence will not happen.
We have often been told that the new psychology now happens to be “learn from the past and the present in order to prepare for the future.” We recently attended a seminar where the speaker told us that it is now wrong to let go of the past or the future. One has to take all three time situations into context.
If such is the case, then what are we afraid of? Our past has shown us that we are a resilient race. Our present has also taught us that no matter what, we Filipinos have the capacity to make do with the present and survive. Many of our young Filipinos have made good in preparing for their future and we have been called a creative and innovative race. So what then is the problem?
As far as we older folks can see, we know that God has never let the Philippines down. Because of our tremendous faith and belief in a loving, caring and benevolent God, we have survived so much in life.
God has always kept His covenant with us. So what are we so afraid of now?
President-elect Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President-elect Leni Robredo were elected not by chance but for a purpose. We do not yet see the purpose.
We have intelligent senators and congressmen in spite of the few noisy ones who still cannot accept defeat, but even such men cannot destroy our system of government.
I saw some anger during the special session of the Senate and Congress when two men were allowed their five minute anger speech.
Democracy was at work and cooler heads prevailed. The proclamation of the President and Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines continued.
Most of our newly elected officials come from a good stock where the apple is not supposed to fall far away from the family tree.
The Philippines is the only country we have. We cannot afford to let it down. Our newly elected officials know how great is their responsibility to keep us afloat and to make us stand again and regain our place in the international scene.
We need to put our faith in our leaders’ desire to make history in the six years to come.
The blood of our heroes does run in our veins even if only in a favored few, but the majority of us have not forgotten the greatness of our ancestors. Once upon a time we had a Manuel L. Quezon, a Carlos Romulo, a Claro M. Recto and many more statesmen who loved their country and gave their all to make the Philippines great.