“Should you then seek great things for yourself? Seek them not. For I will bring disaster on all people, declare the LORD, but wherever you go I will let you escape with your life.” Jeremiah 45:5
fely comes to our house regularly to do the laundry. she also helps mommy with stuff. she runs errands, cleans and cooks too. sometimes, she just drops by to check on mommy and if there’s anything else that she can do for her. but at the end of every day’s work, fely walks to her humble abode to be with her family, for whom she works very hard for.
fely, who did not take an oath, serves our family the best that she can. with her frail and thin physique, she is able to do things which seem incredible for us to do. she doesn’t demand to live in our house, much less sleep in the master bedroom. her husband, who drives their family-owned pedicab for a living, follows simple barangay traffic rules and regulations. though life is hard, they do their jobs diligently. and i am certain that they are happy and comfortable with whatever they are blessed with – jobs to do, family to belong, a small rented house.
fely and her husband are simple people with simple needs, but that doesn’t mean they live without dignity.
what is dignity then? it is the quality of being worthy of esteem or respect. we don’t have to be rich, or pretty, or hold a high government position, or live in a coconut palace to have dignity. dignity is not something that one should demand from others because it emanates from one’s innate nature of being treated with respect. dignity comes from within and radiates spontaneously.
for a newly elected public servant to even consider a grand residence and office for dignity, is an insult to the poor people that he promised to serve, a great percentage of which live in shanties. we are made to think that our house is what we are. that thinking only reduces the self-image to inferiority and helplessness. no less than President Noynoy said “Kayo ang boss ko.” can’t a vice-president also serve his countrymen and perform his functions with dignity if he lives in a modest house in a modest neighborhood? was his predecessor less dignified? now more than ever, it is worthwhile to recall what lolo and lola once said “Mabuti pa ang kubo kung ang nakatira ay tao, kasya isang palasyo na ang nakatira ay kwago.”
isn’t it ironic that the new president whose official residence is a palace, humbly chose to reside in a small guest house across the river, yet his vice-president asks for a palace with the famous view of the manila bay sunset to be his official residence? if this is a tumor, there’s something benign here that must be treated soonest before it turns malignant. seriously…
we are all equal in the eyes of God. He placed us exactly where we are now, because he has a master plan for the natural order of things. my fervent prayer is that each of us realize what our role in that plan is, in order to fulfill the ultimate purpose of our existence. otherwise, the tale of the coconut nut in the palace will go down in history.