Mga Imbak na Marka: dream

It takes a dream and a push

“Kamo na po ang bahala kaan na aki mi, dae mi na po an kaya!” that was a statement from a parent who obviously opted not to find ways anymore in getting their child back to school. The conversation that happened a few years ago was still heartbreaking.

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A parent cannot give up on her child no matter how academically slow or apathetic the latter is. At the back of our mind then, “what future would the child have should we opt to give up on him, too?” In the little ways we could, we tried motivating the learner… encouraged him to go to school and did what we could to make him love the idea that staying in school is cool and it’s really a prerequisite towards achieving his dreams [if he already had one for himself or for his family].

Before the second quarter ends, the parent informed us in a casual conversation that their child has decided to quit schooling. And that she and her husband have yielded to their son’s desire to leave for Manila and get whatever work he could find there. They’d even justified their decision that it was the best option their child had so he can finally avoid his ‘barkadas’ whom they accused of serving as ‘bad influence’ to their child. It was a crazy idea, I complain to myself.

Maybe our ‘little ways’ were too little… Obviously, we failed.

Another parent came to us [upon our guidance counselor’s request], complained of an almost similar plight… of how much their child was giving them so much headache [and perhaps, heart attacks of varying degree] and how sorry their family was for their child’s misbehavior.

But the twist in the story happened when the parent reaffirmed their commitment of not leaving their child. I sensed an air of doubt and hopelessness when she began saying, “dae na gayod kami ki magibo kaan na aki…” but was turned almost teary-eyed when I heard her adding, “…kaya lang pano na sana an pag-abot kan panahon, kun dae mi paghinguhaang mag-agom na makatapos maski hayskul na sana.” The student’s father is a carpenter and his mother is a plain housekeeper.

I was reminded of the latter’s conversation yesterday during our school’s graduation rites. While reading the roll of graduates, I was among the spectators who cheered for him as he happily waited for his mother and hold her hand as they walk towards the stage to receive his diploma.

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One dream at a time… Click this photo to view the post on Facebook.

It’s a dream come true for his parents. It’s also a dream come true for us teachers and for the Institution who have been entrusted of the most challenging task of taking good care of their dreams and inspirations.

There is still so much task ahead for both of us – the school and the home, but we’re glad we’re doing our collective share one learner at a time, one dream at a time. Maybe that was enough…

From ACCEPTANCE to LETTING GO and MOVING ON…

A collection of sms from loved ones for the month of November  [2010]

From ACCEPTANCE to LETTING GO and MOVING ON, my mobile phone has been teeming with wonderful SMS quotes this November 2010!

Special mention to these lovely people who never fail to give me a beep!
Ireed, Maysie, Clarin, Dahlia, Boboy, Cherry Ann, Sheena, Marilou, Mam Liza, Melanie, Felizardo, Lourdes, Rosalie, Michael, Sir Ross, Mam Jasmin, SMEG, Mam Joy, Jervie, Mam Jessa, Sheena and many significant others…

ACCEPTANCE
“Blessed is the person who understands that the reason for praying is not to have what we want, but to accept what God has given us.”
Cheann [November 22, 2010; 8:22pm]

ASSUME
“It is better to make others special… than to assume that you are special to someone…”
Clarin [November 23, 2010; 7:23]

ATTITUDE
“I am tied but not tired…
I am taken…. But not for granted…
I sometimes give in but not swallowed…
I move a distance a bit but never part…
I sometimes cry but never mess up…
I am a silent fighter but never at anyone’s back…
I sometimes get stuck but never get struck!
I am me… sometimes tossed in the wind but never losing way!”
Sir Ross [November 28, 2010; 9:56 am]

BLESSING
“The happiest people don’t have everything they want.
They make the most out of what they already have.
Misery starts when a person looks at the 10% missing and overlooks the 90% blessings.
We all have our own share of blessings.
Some get them fast, some waits for a long time.
What is important is it comes at a time we most needed it.
God knows best and he will give the best in His own time.
Ireed [November 28, 2010; 10:14 pm]

“A heart that is open to appreciate every blessing should be bigger than the eyes that see what is missing.
Let our blessings be the reason to celebrate life and may that which is missing serve as the inspiration to work for a life that never stops to get better.”
Mam Liza [November 21, 2010; 7;17am]

CHARACTER
“I don’t do good things for the sake of impression.
I don’t even give a damn for turn on’s and turn off’s…
I prefer to be seen at my worst attitude not to be disliked or hated
But to be accepted having the most terrible personality I could have
Then I’ll be able to know who deserves me at my best.”
Melanie [November 28, 2010; 8:51 am]

CONSCIENCE
“Denial, like an alibi is a weakest defense… and innocence is the hardest to prove. When everything can be fabricated, there is nothing we can trust to seek for the truth than our conscience.”
Sir Ross [November 25, 2010; 6:33pm]

DEEDS
“It doesn’t take one great deed to make a name… those little good things you do for others from day to day will define you forever…”
Clarin [November 24, 2010; 7:oo am]
Melanie [November 22, 2010; 8:49am]

FAITH
“Faith is truly a response to the dialogue of God,
to His Word, to His revelation…
It is the “Yes” which permits divine thought to enter ours…
Maysie [November 28, 2010; 7;16 pm]

FRIENDSHIP
“Friendship is like the needles of the clock.
Though we are in the same clock… we are not able to meet for long ad if we meet, it is only for a few minutes… but the most important thing is we stay connected.”
Mam Liza [November 22, 2010; 11:35am]

“Someone defined the real meaning of friendship:
It isn’t based on how many secrets you share, isn’t how well you get along nor how much you like each other, isn’t how people see you together but it appreciates the differences, the gaps, the hindrances, the trials, and still loves you, straight from the heart… without hatred, without judgment, without envy without criticism, only pure acceptance.”
Rosalie [November 20,  2010; 7:42 am]

GOD
“The God of love is the God who saves.
We may not see Him but He is certainly around for us.”
Nini [November 25, 2010; 6:47 am]

“ God balances our lives by giving us enough blessings to keep us happy and just enough burdens to keep us humble.”
Mam Tintin [November 25, 2010; 5:30 am]
SMEG [November 17, 2010; 8:01 am]

“God never gives us a burden heavier than we can carry…
No matter what, he wants us to to be more happy than sad.
If birds sing after a storm, why can’t we?
No one has travelled the bridge of success without even crossing the streets of trials…
God never promised us an easy going journey in life, only safety on board…
Mam Jasmin [November 25, 2010; 5:24 am]

“God is always true to His promise, that whatever He started in you, He will take it to completion because He perfectly loves you.”
Mam Jessa [November 24, 2010; 6:48 am]

“God will never give up a burden that you can’t bear…
So, when you have problems that you think it’s impossible to fix,
take it as a complement!
God thinks you can…”
Felizardo [November 22, 2010; 9:12am]

“For every hectic day, God is your quiet rest…
For every painful experience, He is your healing touch…
For every disappointment, He is your hope…
For every turbulent storm, He is your calming peace…
For every hurtful action, He is your forgiving love…”
Melanie [November 21, 2010; 7:16pm]

“God is always true to His promise He started in you.
He will take it to completion because He perfectly loves you…

Nothing is hard if the heart has love…
Nothing is impossible when the heart understands…
And nothing is heavy when God is in your heart…”
Dahlia [November 21, 2010; 10:17am]

HAPPINESS
“Proving happiness isn’t on how many times you smiled, but it’s finding that sensible reason every time you smile… Stay happy!”
Dahlia [November 23, 2010; 12:44]

JOKE
“Certain things may start as a joke…
But for some reasons, they may end seriously…”
Jomel [November 20, 2010; 8:54 pm]

LEGACY
“It doesn’t take one great deed to make a name…
Those little good things you do for others from day to day will define you forever.”
Melanie [November 22, 2010; 8:49 am]

LETTING GO


“There’s always a part of the past that I want to have back but I could never get what I have today if I didn’t let go of such yesterday.”
Sheena [November 21, 2010; 10:11pm]

“Everyday, we smile and act like nothing’s wrong…
It’s called, putting everything aside and simply being strong…”
Michael [November 21, 2010; 4:20pm]

LOVE
“When a person loves you, they are proud of you even at your worst…
When a person loves you, they never leave you at your weakest…
When a person loves you, they come back to you after you reject them…
Coz no matter how cruel the situation could be, they make a way to stay no matter how hard it could get…”
Rosalie [November 21, 2010; 5:10pm]

OPTIMISM
“ A lesson from Sai of Naruto Shippuden:
The best way to escape reality without running is smiling even though, it is fake!”
Sheena [November 23, 2010; 1:40pm]

PRAYER


“When life gets too hard to stand…
Kneel… don’t forget to pray and talk to God…
He’s always around.”
Boboy [November 29, 2010; 7:19 am]

“Did it ever happen to you when you were so stressed, then you suddenly fell fine  just because you prayed?
Prayer changes things…”
Nini [November 28, 2010; 9:20 pm]

“Blessed is the person who understands that the reason for praying is not to have what we want, but to accept what God has given us.”
Cheann [November 22, 2010; 8:22pm]

“The point of prayer is not always to get answers from God, but to have perfect and complete unity with Him.”
Malou [November 22, 2010; 6:12am]

PROBLEMS
“God will never give you a burden that you can’t bear.
So, when you have problems and you think it’s impossible to fix…
Take it as a compliment! God thinks you can…”
Felizardo [November 22, 2010; 9:12 am]
Mam Badett [November 21, 2010;6;29am]

STRUGGLES
“Beginnings are usually scary, and endings are usually sad. But it’s everything in between that makes it all worthwhile.”
Lourdes [November 22, 2010; 6:05am]

TRUST
“Learn to trust the perfect time from God, so that you may discover that all the pains found in waiting has a magnificent and awesome purpose.”
Jervie [November 29, 2010;9:41 am]
Mam Joy [November 28, 2010; 8:26 am]

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