GEMS IN THE BOUNDLESS OCEAN
I have a dream, a grand dream for this world. I dream of one day seeing people united, with no biases and prejudices. I dream that there is no overwhelming gap between the rich and the poor. I dream that everyone has the chance to be educated and the privilege to enjoy life. I dream of a clean air and water, a sustainable development. I dream that one day, men and women would be like wings of a bird, one acknowledging the other’s strength in order to soar high. I dream that mothers and children are healthy, that AIDs/HIV would be a thing of the past. I dream that world leaders would adhere to God’s laws to rule this world.
Since I could remember, I am always different in the way I look at things, at life, at the whole world. My siblings often tease me that I am not their sister, because I act differently from what they do. When I started going to school, I have excelled academically, but early on, I surprised my parents and my teachers why I am not that attached to academic honors. Of course, I always go for excellence, but I believe in the principle of competing with one’s self, and not with others. This way, the strive for excellence is never-ending, healthy.
Several times, I had to be reprimanded by the nuns (I spent my high school and college in an exclusive school for girls, as working student) because I often defied policies which I felt was blind following. I don’t do things simply because most people are doing them.
I could not afford to be blind and deaf when I see someone is unfairly treated. I fight for others even if I know I would bear the brunt of people who are in position, in power, in authority.
I plan on retiring early from my regular job as Public Information Officer and work as a freelance journalist and broadcaster so that I would have more time for things I love doing, things that matter most to me. I feel that time is running out—I should do it now, lest, I will regret I have not done my best in fulfilling my mission.
Slowly, I am doing what I believe contribute to the fulfillment of my dream for this world. I have my Sunday Children Classes, my youth group, and I have started inspiring abused women to get out from their shell. My radio programs continue to attract listeners and I have facilitated giving livelihood opportunities to women’s groups. My blogs, my feature stories, my newspaper column are my other venue to reach out to people, to inform and inspire them.
I acknowledge, though, that I still have so much to learn. I want to be better equipped, not only in terms of knowledge but also in skills, for me to be able reach a higher level of service to mankind.
WorldPulse has introduced me to stories of women who share my vision, stories that leave me more inspired. I see the diverse talents and skills which can be tapped to complement each other’s activities and projects. I have a support system--my ‘sisters’, who I believe are just there, waiting to be approached when I need them most, in the pursuit of my dreams.
God has gifted me with skills in writing, in broadcasting, in teaching. These gifts have reasons, have a greater purpose. I have them because God knows I use them for greater good.
I don’t want to merely exist in this world; I want my existence to have greater meaning. I don’t want to be a mere spectator in what’s happening in the world; I want to play a significant role and leave an impact that would change this world to become “heaven on earth.” I hope WorldPulse will pave the way for me to be of more service to mankind.
There is so much to share, so much to offer. In WorldPulse, I see gems in the boundless ocean. Together, we hold hands as we surge for the fulfillment of our dreams for this world. #