Today, I’d like to share the story of a very inspiring person I admire and I look up to.
She’s a nurse in a barrio school some 12-15 hours away from Manila by bus. To get to the barrio where she works as a school nurse, you have to ride a tricycle, cross the river, and ride a tricycle again.
Every day, from Monday to Friday, she would go to her clinic with a smile on her face and with her heart full of love.
She has a rice cooker in her clinic and she also has biscuits so that when students go to her clinic and they’re hungry, she can feed them.
She doesn’t have students and she’s not a class adviser but students love to go to her clinic just to chat with her and spend time with her.
This barrio nurse is excellent at what she does. She could have chosen to go abroad or work in bigger hospitals, but she chose to work as a nurse in a little barrio. She chose to love the less fortunate and she chose to share her resources with them. Sometimes, she would even take money out of her own pocket to help the students in need. One time, she noticed that a student is wearing worn out slippers. So she bought a new pair of slippers for this student.
This barrio nurse is also a dedicated aunt to her niece and nephews. She treats them like her own children. She also loves her cousins and treats them like her own siblings. No wonder, her cousins love her, too!
She is my cousin. I call her Ate Erole. I love my Ate Erole. She’s an epitome of a woman who knows how to genuinely love without expecting anything in return.
In this time and age when sometimes we, or the society defines us by the number of likes we have on Facebook, or by the amount of money we have, or by the number of friends and fans we have, Ate Erole reminds me that life is not about money or power or fame. Life is about genuine love.
Love even if it seems unrecognised. Because at the end of the day, we have a God who sees everything we do.
At the end of the day, it’s not about how much money we made or how famous and how powerful we became, but how much we loved and how much we received love.
Let our lives be defined by love. Because that’s who we are. We are children of God. And God is love.
I wish you success and happiness!
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