30-day Blogging Challenge: Day 18 ( A time when you felt passionate and alive)

I have many things I am passionate about. There was more than one time that I feel so passionate and alive in doing. But for this post, I’d talk about something that I really like doing. It makes me feel light and blessed whenever I do this.

I like participating to outreach programs. I love to volunteer for worthy causes. For me, some have the opportunity to share their money, but everyone has the chance to share their talents, skills, time, and blessings. I believe in the saying that we must pay it forward. Whatever we receive, we must try to give it back to others, especially to the society where they needed it the most.

I was very glad to join and be an active member of my university’s UNICEF chapter. Later on, I became an official of this organization and it made me feel more responsible in attending to the needs of our fellowmen, especially the children.

In the programs and activities of my club, we focused on the needs of the Filipino children and youth, as based in the UNICEF charter.  We were, and still are, firm advocates of children’s literacy and rights. As much as possible, we wanted to mold them into the “future” and “hope” of our motherland, much as what our national hero said.

Whenever I volunteer for an activity, I feel lightness in my heart that makes me want to jump for joy. This is no exaggeration. Sometimes, I feel so overwhelmed with this feeling that I find myself misty-eyed in a corner. There is nothing that can be compared to the pleasure of helping others. I feel humbled whenever we visit different sites and see the situation of families living there. I feel humiliated of asking things from my parents that I just wanted, but not needed. Before, I felt sad when my mom didn’t allow me to have the newest phone in the market, but seeing kids filled with ecstasy after receiving a new pencil case made me realized things that were once only in the books. Happiness cannot be bought; one cannot find it in material things. It was such a refreshing perspective.

Later, we teamed-up with Gawad Kalinga, a community of volunteers which hopes to build a new nation filled with hope. I became a student leader, and together with the new team, my university organization tied up with other projects.

Here are some photos taken to some of our activities:

judging for a talent contest in Baseco

Christmas lanterns made by people of Baseco using recycled materials

did I mention they’re huge?

Christmas party assembly

Kyulilits on-board: LPU UNICEF tutorials

our willing students

puppet-making! Argh, where’s my face?

smile!

These giving and reaching out to others activities made me feel so alive. It made me realize not only in one occasion that I need to make a huge step forward in order to help the needy. I need to fulfill my dreams so I can help them more. I wish I can simply do that.

We can all be angels to one another. We can choose to obey the still small stirring within, the little whisper that says, ‘Go. Ask. Reach out. Be an answer to someone’s plea. You have a part to play. Have faith.’ We can decide to risk that He is indeed there, watching, caring, cherishing us as we love and accept love. The world will be a better place for it. And wherever they are, the angels will dance. – Joan Wester Anderson

Let’s all try to make a difference and be alive in helping others.

 

26 thoughts on “30-day Blogging Challenge: Day 18 ( A time when you felt passionate and alive)

  1. Thank you for sharing your heart’s mission. I’m a Filipina-American at heart, so reading your story and seeing your pictures touched me. I remember living there and participating in outreach programs that helped get young children free vaccinations and food. It made me feel helpful and a part of a bigger, global community.

    I also loved seeing the pictures of the farols (aka Christmas Lanterns). They are some of my prettiest Christmas memories along with Noche Buena when we’d go house to house eating and making merry. 🙂

    Bless you!

    1. Wow. It is very nice to know someone who shares the same advocacy. I hope that whenever we are, we will still try to reach out to others. Where were you stationed before?

      Yeah, the “parols” or the colorful Christmas lanterns of the Philippines. Along with Christmas songs playing even in the malls, this is the sign that the Yuletide is coming.

      Oh, I’m so happy to hear such a nice story from you!

      1. I loved my Filipino Christmas songs! My favorite was Kay Sigla Ng Gabi. We used to live in Balibago, Angeles City. My dad was US Air Force. My mom was originally from the Visayas…Leyte.

            1. Indeed! My mom was from Kananga, Leyte. Yours? Have you been there? We usually go there every two years or so.

              I love Christmas carols. I remember singing with my friends around our neighborhood. It’s like Trick or Treat, too. You’ll sing, they give you food, gifts, and sometimes money 🙂

              1. Never been to Leyte. Not sure what area there she is from. We mostly stayed in the Angeles City area. I haven’t been back since I was 10. That’s more than 20 years ago. We would carol around our neighborhood with our church singing group. I also remember going door to door to “Mano” the elders…was it New year that they would give you money for that?

                1. Oh, I got it. It’s during the holidays, sometimes Christmas sometimes New Year. However, more often than not, children go to grandparents, aunts, uncles, and godparents and do “mano” and they’ll give money and gifts to children.

  2. What a beautiful, heart warming post – so sincere and so wise and true. I too am passionate about service and know that feeling of wanting to jump for joy (or sing!) that fills the heart when we answer the need of another or others. Thanks for dropping by my blog and for the like. I’m glad to have found yours.

  3. Hi there. Thank you for dropping by my site and giving me a ‘like’. As a result, I came over to this site and gave it a read and really like it. This article is wonderful. Uplifting and life affirming. I agree with the comments before mine 🙂 Happy blogging to you and all.

  4. Hi! i am very impressed with your work and hope you continue sharing – volunteering is always good and I too try to do something for the community whenever i can. I went Guerilla gardening on Sunday for instance.to tidy up some planters the Local Council was neglecting.
    Thanks for liking one of my posts and hope to hear from you again.

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