Recently, I experienced a test of humility in the work place. All this time, I thought I was ready for anything. But when I was confronted by somebody in a manner that could surely wound a soul, I just died. I kept my cool for the whole day as I struggled to show a straight face to everyone. By the end of the day, I broke down and cried my heart out to my office mates. I just felt the outpouring of love and support from Rey, Abigael, Daisy, Sharon, Chiqui, Manny and Jun. That was reason enough for me to decide to take it stride. Later that evening, my boss called me and said in the plainest of words: “Be humble, Orms! For those who are humbled may get poetic justice in the end.” I am not a perfect person. I have my own shortcomings but I do strive to be a good person – friendly to all, fair in my dealings, glorifying God. Am I a better person after this? I am. But life’s learnings does not stop here. It’s a never ending process. Just bring it on.
In the meantime, let me share to you these beatitudes. Jesus shared this during his sermon at the mount. If you’re feeling downtrodden, this should perk you up like it did me. Read on, faithful readers…
Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure of heart,
for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
~ Gospel of St. Matthew 5:3-10 ~