A few days ago, I was working at home when one of our chairs got broken because of a lost screw and needed to be fixed.
Without changing clothes, I immediately went to SM to buy the needed screw.
However, I didn’t realize that I was also wearing a pair of ancient flip flops.
ber the Yano song? Upod na at gasgas, baka mapigtas, ‘tong luma kong tsinelas… Well, that’s what happened.
A life-changing moment came while I was on the jeepney going to SM – one of my flip flops broke so bad, that I knew I couldn’t wear it and had to walk to SM barefoot until I reach the supermarket.
Then came my stop at SM.
I didn't know what to do.
With so much shame, I had to face indignity, pick up my broken flip flop, and started walking barefoot on my way to the supermarket.
Some people would normally bow down their heads and bury themselves in shame.
I, on the other hand, held my head high, amongst every curious eye, amongst every confused stare… in unison asking, “why is she walking barefoot?”
I went walking as fast as I could.
But I had to stop because I needed to go through the entrance checkpoint where the guards scan you for weapons.
I half expected for the guard to stop me, pick me up, and throw me out... but instead, he just smiled and nodded as if saying, “it’s alright. I know.”
So, from the entrance, I quickly went to the supermarket at double the regular pace, bought a decent pair of flip flops and sighed my deepest sigh of relief, once I had the new pair on my feet.
Then I realized a few things:
1. When a crisis hits you, you will never be ready. It can come to you while you’re at home, in your car, at work, in a jeepney… Better than getting ready for a crisis, respond to the situation by making the most out of it and learning from it.
2. When you’re at your lowest, when you’re cornered, when you’re buried in shame, still, hold your head high.
They may look at you with disgust, but the best is yet to come. Pay them no mind.
3. When there’s a checkpoint and you’re scared, go through it anyway. You may be surprised by what you’ll find.
4. Keep moving forward! You are never alone. God is always with you.