December 10, 2022

Dear Manang,
I believe it is better to keep silent instead of saying something that I will regret for the rest of my life. I learned not to speak my mind for the last five years because I don’t like to argue with anyone, anymore. I keep what I know to myself because I feel there is no need to tell people about it when they will not believe it anyway. I didn’t tell my friends about a person who was a swindler who was hanging around us only to find out he was able to get money from three of my friends and disappeared. Why can’t I shrug off the passiveness?
Gelyn of Aurora Hill, Baguio City

Dear Gelyn,
“Damn if you do and damn if you don’t” is a rule of the world. This stops many of us from getting involved in many affairs. I too have kept my silence on several occasions and felt guilty similarly. I knew that the person was having an affair with someone in the group but kept quiet because it was not my business. I was sad because I lost my best friend when she found out and had a heart attack. I could have prepared her and saved her. Don’t be quiet when it is a matter of life and death.
Get involved,
Manang

Dear Manang,
What a humbling experience I had recently. I thought I was in full control of my affairs and the other things that I managed to do. I thought all along that I was popular and powerful, not knowing that it was the opposite. I was so cocky about what I wanted. I realized that instead of winning more people to my side, I was losing them. On the day of the election of the project manager, I lost, and I felt the world fall on me. I’m angry and so humiliated.
Krippy of Brookside, Baguio City

Dear Krippy,
It happens to the proud. Serves you right to get a whipping from God. We often forget that everything is in God’s time. When we ask God to guide us, He is there to show the way. We often forget to pray and instead we take the matter into our own hands. This is faith, this makes everything one complete picture where God is always at the center. To think that we can plot our own destiny without Him always brings us back to the same square. You forgot to ask and pray on it.
Ask God first,
Manang