Halalan 2016

    Palapit nang palapit na ang halalan ng 2016. Umiikot na ang mga candidato sa iba’t ibang lugar ng Pilipinas at sila’y nagpapakilala at nagsasalita sa harap ng mga Pilipino para makakuha ng mga boto. Maraming emosyon at pakiramdam ang pwedeng kumalat sa bansa katulad ng takot, galit, inggit, stress, at iba pa dahil sa eleksyon. Ang mga tao’y maaaring matakot sa anumang resulta pagkatapos ng botohan pero sa palagay ko, mas nastre-stress ang mga kandidato ngayon dahil sa kanilang kailangang gawin para makakuha ng mga boto.

    Sa palagay ko, sila ay dapat marunong magpigil ng kanilang mga emosyon at damdamin. Kapag sila’y pumutok at biglang magalit, maaari itong sisira sa kanilang pangalan at reputasyon. Kung pinapayagan nila na ang mga emosyon nila ang kokontrol sa buhay nila, pwede silang gumawa ng mga maling desisyon at malalaking pagkakamali.

    Para sa akin, mas nababahala ako kung anong mangyayari sa bansa pagkatapos ng eleksyon. Ang lahat ng mga opisyal ng pamahalaan ay papalitan pero anong mangyayari pagkatapos? Anong mangyayari sa ating mga problema katulad ng korupsyon? Sa loob ng ilang buwan, aalis na ang mga opisyal ng gobyerno sa kanilang mga pwesto at ang mga bagong halal ang uupo. Mayroong akong nabasang istorya tungkol kay Napoleon Bonaparte at siya’y nagkaroon ng mga maraming kapangyarihan. Isa sa mga ginawa niya ay naglagay siya ng kanyang mga kamag-anak sa mga posisyon ng kapangyarihan. Ito ay ginagawa din sa Pilipinas at ayoko itong maranasan muli.

    Isang mensahe para sa mga boboto: bumoto kayo nang matalino. Isipin din ninyo ang kinabukasan at hindi lang ang ngayon. Baguhin na natin ang ating sistema at huwag masilaw sa pera kung saan mabibili ang inyong boto.

The World Is Our Oyster

    Every day that passes is a day closer to the elections. Every night, there would be a headline on the news about this candidate having a problem with another candidate or anything concerning our politics. A major problem about our government or our justice system would pop out once in a while and I’ve noticed that more and more people are paying attention to what’s happening today. More importantly, I’ve seen that more of the youth are voicing out their opinion and saying what they believe in.

    I remember hearing from my sister that there are people asking why we are getting involved with political issues and voicing out our opinions about the government when we are minors and not yet eligible to vote. Personally, I was rather confused about this and slightly offended. Just because we are minors doesn’t mean we can’t pay attention to what’s happening in our country. It’s important to be able to learn about the issues of the country and not censor ourselves to what really is going on today.

    In To Kill a Mockingbird, a book I’ve recently read, I’ve learned a many amazing lessons and here are some of them:

Think for yourself.

Bad things happen.

Do not be afraid to stand up for what’s right.

You can never fully understand a person until you see things in his point of view.

    For me, these lessons are what the youth should always keep in mind. Thinking for ourselves is important because not everything the crowd likes is what’s right. Bad things happen. Of course. The world isn’t perfect, but we shouldn’t try and hide from the awful things that happened previously and what’s happening right now. When we voice our opinion, there will definitely be people who believe we are wrong and that we are not saying the truth. Instead of insulting them or pushing them away, we should try and understand what they believe in and what they’re trying to say. Most importantly, always stand up for what’s right. If there are people who are pushing you down, use them as a stepping stool to rise up. In my opinion, we shouldn’t be afraid to expose ourselves to reality. The world is our oyster and we should welcome whatever life has to offer us.

What Would Jesus Do?

    Emotion (noun): a strong feeling such as love, anger, joy, hate, or fear

    Emotions tend to control our life. Wherever we go, we always feel something and that shouldn’t be avoided. It’s important to feel in order to live. Without emotions, life is bland, but sometimes,  it can all get a bit too much.

    Our emotions change on an daily basis. One moment, we could be laughing and the next moment, we could be bawling our eyes out. When we are faced with a difficult situation, our emotions take over our mind and we feel like we can’t do anything about them. We feel overwhelmed and powerless. As much as we shouldn’t hide from our feelings, they occasionally lie to us and push us to do unreasonable things. When we let them do the driving, we tend to act on our impulses and make big mistakes. We make decisions based on what we feel rather than what’s true. Not everyone is perfect and we all can be a bit careless sometimes.

    When we are going through a tough and challenging time in our lives, it’s important to learn how to control our emotions. Why? If we don’t, we will most likely explode and make wrong decisions. We may even hurt some of the people we love. For us to be able to control our emotions, we need wisdom. Wisdom is knowing, loving, and obeying God’s Word and applying that knowledge to make good decisions. God gave us emotions so that we could be more sensitive to the needs of others. He tells us to be patient and we must take our time while making decisions. Patience is the key to controlling our emotions. A patient person will welcome whatever difficulties are given to him and allow them to perfect his character. We should always pray, ask God for wisdom and patience to make the right choices.

    We shouldn’t also forget that Jesus faced the same challenges we face. The devil still pulls the same tricks and Jesus had to deal with them as well. He knows what we feel. He knows our feelings and He can be trusted with them. Before making decisions, big or small, we must ask this important question. What would Jesus do? He had the same feelings we did, but He never sinned because of them. When we are faced with tough decisions to make, we should always keep in mind that Jesus is here to help us. He’s always available when we need Him and He will always show us what we should do.