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Let’s Spread Love, Shall We?

When I first heard about how Chinese people are being bullied because of the novel coronavirus outbreak that first started in Wuhan, I made a choice not to get involved in any way. I told myself that I’ll just stay away from saying anything about all the bullying and social media bashing. It’s not worth picking a fight and who cares about what I’m going to say anyway! So I kept my silence even after hearing a few more incidents of Chinese being bullied simply because they’re Chinese or because the new type of coronavirus was first identified in China.

But tonight, I had enough. I can’t continue staying away from this anymore. Whether my voice gets heard or not, I’ll speak my mind about this matter. So I’d like to share my two cents about this spreading hate towards the Chinese if you can spare me some of your time!

Did they want this to happen?

Before we continue pointing fingers or bullying the Chinese for the novel coronavirus outbreak, let’s remember that this coronavirus is “new.” Before the outbreak happened, nobody knew that this virus existed. WHO’s Disease outbreak news dated 5 January 2020 says that,

On 31 December 2019, the WHO China Country Office was informed of cases of pneumonia of unknown etiology (unknown cause) detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China.

So the people who got infected by this virus did not know that they had been infected by a “new” coronavirus, let alone know that once they get infected by this virus, they can spread it to others.

The people who were/are sick because of this virus were/are victims of this virus, too. Let’s not forget that! We can blame them all we want for the spread of the virus, but that happened because nobody knew about this novel coronavirus before.

Imagine hearing from your doctor that you’re sick because of a “new” virus.

Imagine losing a family member because of this novel coronavirus outbreak.

Imagine feeling “trapped” inside your own house because you cannot go anywhere. The government temporarily shut down local transportation to reduce the risk of spreading the new virus, so people without private cars probably have no other choice but to just stay home.

Do you think that’s fun? 

Do you think they enjoy being stuck in their own house, city, or province?

Do you think they wanted this to happen to them?

I’m sure it’s safe to say that they didn’t. The people who were sick, those who have been sick, the family members of those who lost their loved ones because of the virus, and the many others who are affected because of the outbreak PROBABLY did not expect that all these are going to happen in a very short span of time.

So instead of blaming them, maybe finding ways how to help these people who are directly affected by the novel coronavirus outbreak is a better response, isn’t it?

Is it right for anybody to bully any Chinese?

I can’t wrap my head around people’s comments like, The Chinese deserve all these!”

I don’t understand how people can easily say that the Chinese are uneducated peoplethat’s why this outbreak happened. Yes, there are possibly uneducated Chinese in mainland China, but isn’t that true anywhere in the world? Some countries probably have a higher percentage of educated people compared to others, but I would assume that they would also have a population of “uneducated people.”

I’m not Chinese, but my heart goes out to all the Chinese citizens in China and other parts of the world who’ve been bullied, bashed, or even physically hurt because of the novel coronavirus outbreak. I don’t think it’s right for anybody to bully or hurt any Chinese just because they’re Chinese or because their country first detected a new virus.

I hope we would start having compassion for the Chinese rather than bullying or bashing them.

Imagine if this virus was first detected in your own country. How would you react if people blamed you for the outbreak? How would you feel if people bullied you just because the new virus was first detected in your country? For all we know, this virus might have been around in other countries for some time already but they were just unable to detect the new virus. I know I’m speculating, but it can be possible, don’t you think?

Hate is as contagious as a virus 

So my plea is simple: Let’s spread love, not hate!

I know that sounds like a cliché, but isn’t it more humane to spread love than uninformed rumors and hate against anyone?

Instead of bullying the Chinese, why don’t we find ways to help them?

Instead of blaming them, why don’t we offer a listening ear to their struggles, their sufferings, and their losses so we can better understand their situation?

Instead of bashing them, why don’t we send them messages to cheer them up or better yet write them a prayer to encourage them?

Hate is like a virus than can easily “infect” someone else’s heart. Instead of influencing others to hate the Chinese because of the coronavirus outbreak, let’s be “carriers” of the antidotes of the “hate-virus.” Let’s be “carriers” of love, sympathy, generosity, kindness, and compassion.

I hope this post could somehow help us see this novel coronavirus outbreak and the Chinese people (individually and as a country) in a new light!

Stay safe everyone and have a blessed week ahead! 

 

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Posted in Anything Under the Sun, Beauties and Colors of Life

A Decade in Review

Where did the last 10 years go?

2010: Left my job and went to IGSL

2014: Graduated from IGSL

2015: Left for China for a one-year Oral English teaching job at Sias University

2016: Signed a 2-year contract (same school)

2018: Signed a 3-year contract (same school)

2019: Started teaching a CbyD course for Fall 2019 (same school)

Today: Still in China and halfway through my 3-year contract. Yay!


Thinking about this made me realized that I’ve spent half of the previous decade in China; only in China, particularly at Sias! (Hmmm, I wonder if that’s a good thing or not. Haha!)

Before coming to China for the first time, I thought I’d be here for 3 years only. Now I’ve been here for almost five years. How things have changed! How I’ve changed! I never thought I’d managed to be away from the Philippines this long. But I guess I’ve grown to consider China as my second home now. I don’t know how long I’d be here still, but I think I wouldn’t mind staying for a few more years. Who knows! (Well, we know WHO!) 😉

 

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An Asset or a Threat?

I’ve heard differing opinions about women with strong personalities. Others say they’re admirable for being strong, but to some, they might seem too much to handle.

I’ve always been labeled as a woman with a strong personality. And I won’t deny that. It has a lot to do, I think, with the things I experienced while growing up. But sometimes what I don’t understand is that people only see that side of me. Yes, I am that, but I’m more than that. I’d like to believe that I am more than just my strong personality. I think having a strong personality is just one part of me, it’s not all of me. Would you agree?

So when people judge me because of my strong personality, I feel like they’re disregarding the other qualities I have which also greatly contribute to who I really am.

But then, over the years, I’ve learned to accept that what really matters is who I believe I am. People can label me with however they want to see me or however they’ve chosen to perceive who I am, but I know better now. Now I know where my real value and identity come from. I’m not gonna change myself to satisfy other’s limited view or understanding of me. Along with that is a day by day decision I’m choosing to make – to treat people the way I know I should regardless of how they view or treat me, good or bad, and to give myself more time to get to know a person well before forming my judgment about who they really are.

Lastly, I’ve had encounters with men who view women with strong personalities as somewhat a threat (to I’m not sure what – their sense of security or to their leadership role?). Either or both, should I say?

So in the past few years of my life, I’ve learned to accept that if a man sees me as a threat because I have a strong personality, then so be it. I don’t need to convince anyone that I am more than just having a strong personality. I guess anyone who is threatened by that is simply not a good fit for me. And I don’t have to waste my time with them or being around them because no matter what I do, they will only see me as someone with a strong personality, and a threat.

I’d like to believe that I am not alone in this struggle (if it’s fitting to call it that way). So if you are finding yourself able to relate to what I’ve just said, be encouraged and stop being hard on yourself for having a strong personality. Gurl, you are more than who you think you are or who people made you believe who you are. Does that statement make sense? Haha! I think it does, doesn’t it?

Anyway, cheer up! Stop asking yourself what’s wrong with you when men lose interest in you after seeing your strong personality. It’s not your lose. I wouldn’t say it’s their lose either, but maybe you’re not just meant for each other. Maybe you’re meant for someone who is secure in his identity and value in Christ, just like who you pursue to become – secure in your identity and value in Him. When you meet that man, he would see you as an asset; thus, he would want you to be on his side. He would see your strong personality as something beneficial, not harmful or threatening, to his own growth.

So gurl, keep growing and keep allowing God to shape you into who you really are in His sight – precious, loved, forgiven, with a greater purpose (perhaps even more than what you could ever imagine). Allow Him to use your strong personality to bring Him glory day by day. Don’t let people’s limited and sometimes biased view of you get in the way of fulfilling what God has in store for you.

You got this, gurl! Continue to learn and grow. Keep trusting God’s amazing plans for your life, and never ever let other people dictate who you think you are. God wonderfully made you the way you are for a reason and a purpose! See the source image