Posted in Anything Under the Sun, Daily Prompt Posts

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 Beauties and Colors of Life, Daily Prompt Posts

The Story Isn’t Finished Yet!

Almost a year ago, someone told me he wanted to kiss me. I wouldn’t have stopped him if he did, but before he could do something he might possibly regret later, I told him, “If you did that, know that there’s no turning back.”

He asked me why. Then I told him, “Because you just don’t kiss anybody.”

Now some of you might say I’m old-school or that I was weird to say that, but that’s who I am. I just don’t kiss anybody! 

And I don’t want someone to kiss me just because they got tempted or that it was just “a moment of weakness.”

When I told him, If you did that, know that there’s no turning back,” what I meant was that he couldn’t kiss me just like that and forget about it the next day. If he kissed me, then we would have to talk why he kissed me and what he would want to do next. Are we going to remain just friends after that and forget about the kiss? (Could we?) Or are we gonna discuss if we’re ready to move on to the next level?

Despite how I wanted to kiss him that night, deep inside I knew he wouldn’t be ready to discuss moving on to the next level, at least not with me.

He knew I liked him because we’ve talked about it. But he told me he just saw me as a sister, and I respected that. I accepted it and started living with the fact that I’m indeed way older than him and that I can, in fact, be considered his older sister. So if I couldn’t be his girlfriend, then yeah, maybe I can just be an older sister to him. No big deal, right? 

But when he told me that night that he wanted to kiss me, I got confused. Although I told him later that we could just forget about it, since nothing really happened, it bothered me still that someone who told me he just saw me as a sister would want to kiss me. Is that really possible? Because based on my own experience, I wouldn’t even think of kissing someone I see just as a brother. Never!

But I guess I’m just really the weird one. Maybe it’s really possible to tell someone that you just see them as a sister or a brother then feel like wanting to kiss them one day!

I wanted to just forget what happened, I did, but I just couldn’t get it out of my head. I wanted to talk about it in person but he said he needed some time alone so I didn’t insist. However, we ended up discussing things through text (which is never a good idea coz things can easily get misunderstood through text). So we ended up fighting. It hurt me like crazy especially after he told me that he didn’t “want to want to pursue a deeper relationship” with me and that the “I wanted to kiss you” was just “a moment of weakness.”

I get it. I really do! The last thing I would want to do is to force someone to be with me or to love me or accept me for who I am.

It sucks to get rejected, right? I got dumped once back in Grad school and I got depressed after that. But I managed to move on. I got over that person who dumped me.

So I told myself that I was going to be okay. I bid goodbye to that sad part of my 2019 for countless times already. And I’m continually working on it! I’ve told myself many times that it’s okay to tell someone you liked them and be “sister-zoned.” I’ve been friend-zoned before, so now I can also say that I’ve been “sister-zoned.”

And now I could also say that I’ve told someone I liked them but got rejected!

Oh, well. Life is indeed a roller-coaster ride – sometimes you’re up, sometimes you’re down.

Sometimes you get to reject someone, as I’ve done in the past to a few guys who told me they liked me but I didn’t like them back, and sometimes you get rejected by people you like.

That’s life! We just have to face it!

But why am I writing about all these?

Well, I guess, I just wanted to remind myself that my story isn’t finished yet.

And I believe yours, too, my friend. You might be going through some rough time right now but, hey, it isn’t the end of the world yet!

As long as we’re breathing, there’s always hope for a better, brighter tomorrow!

As long as we’re alive, we can always love again even if it would mean we could get hurt AGAIN!

Someone once said that you will never know you have loved until you’ve experienced the pain of losing someone you love. I would say that sounds a little cruel but we know there’s some truth there. So it’s okay to experience pain as long as we don’t remain there. What do I mean by that?

Mourn for your loss, cry if you must, but after you’ve cried all your pain away, pull yourself together and move on!

You’ve got to make that decision to move on and continue with your life! You alone can make that decision for yourself. No one else can!

I know it’s not easy. I know it’s better said than done. Believe me, I exactly know how it feels when people tell you…

“It’s going to be okay.”

“It’s his loss, not yours.”

“You’ve got this. You will find someone better.”

“You’ll feel better after some time. Just cry it all out for now!”

I exactly know how all those words just don’t make sense when you’re hurting. We know they mean well, but it just doesn’t really ease the pain away when we’re in that moment of nothing but pain!

Yes, I’ve been there a lot of times that’s why I can say this, It’s going to be okay. You’re going to be okay!”

I know that’s not really what you want to hear right now, but believe me, after some time, you’ll start seeing the bright rays of the sun again. It’s not going to rain all the time, is it?

I think I’m old enough now to say that things happen for a reason, but when we’re in it, when we’re in that moment of pain, sometimes it’s hard to see what that reason can possibly be.

That’s why sometimes we just need to step back a little, get out there, meet new people, do something different but meaningful, develop a new hobby, travel to a new place, or even spend some time alone to discover the reason why things happened the way they did. Or maybe sometimes we would realize that they were just NOT meant for us – whether it was a person we loved, a career we wanted so badly, or something we desperately wanted to have. Sometimes, they’re simply NOT for us and we just have to live with that!

But if you think there’s a reason to fight for it, then go for it. Just know when to continue fighting and when to accept defeat.

Sometimes, life is not just about winning. Sometimes it’s also about learning to accept what’s not meant for us but continually hoping that there’s someone out there who could love us for who we really are OR that there’s something out there that is better and greater than what we initially wanted to achieve. And sometimes it’s just about the right timing, too!

I guess I’ve said enough now. Sorry for taking up so much of your time with my lengthy post, but I hope my experience with winning over the pain and hurts in my life had somehow encouraged you to continue winning your own battle with life’s pain, in whatever form that might be!

 

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
2 Corinthians‬ ‭1:3-4‬ ‭NASB‬‬

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What’s Your Purpose?

Since I came back from my short trip to Shanghai, I’ve been busy doing house chores – laundry, some cleaning, organizing here and there!

It seems endless! Do you feel that, too?

Do you also feel that when you’re home, there’s always something that need to be done or that needs fixing in some way or another?

That’s why I often tell my friends that I don’t ever get bored being in my room because I always find something to keep myself busy.

Anyway, while I was trying to organize a few things, I found it funny and interesting at the same time how one of my organizers (one of those square-like plastic containers) just broke as I tried to move it. So I removed the stuff that was in it as it has lost it’s purpose and usefulness now and replaced it with the spare one I had.

Before throwing it away, I broke it further into smaller pieces. It was funny how it felt like I was breaking a cracker or a cookie while I was doing that. It was plastic but when I was breaking it, it didn’t feel like it was plastic at all.

I’ve had that since my first year in China so it’s been five years since I bought it. I found it interesting how objects can lose their “durability” after some time even they’re just sitting on a shelf unmoved most of the time.

I hope we, Christians, won’t be like that in any way. I hope we remain strong in our faith and in our resolves to follow and obey Christ no matter what situation we may be in right now. I hope we don’t lose sight of the purpose of our existence!

As I pondered upon what’s going on in China and in other parts of the world right now, Jesus’ words to His disciples in Matthew about what’s going to happen before He comes back keep coming to mind.

“Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”

And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.

“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.” Matthew‬ ‭24:3-14‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Whatever the world is facing right now, Jesus already predicted more than 2000 years ago.

So my hope and prayer for everyone is that we keep running the race with a firm determination to follow Christ till the end!

Let’s keep ourselves busy with His agenda and not only with our own selfish agendas!

May we not forget or neglect our God-given purpose while we wait on Him!

May our love for Him not grow cold in the midst of the sorrows and uncertainties we face now and then!

Friends, let’s continue to fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith!

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