Another day starts

ANOTHER day begins, another year starts. It’s nothing new. It’s part of the cycle of life. Everybody wishes everybody a happy new year. We always wish good. Who doesn’t? The operative word is “wish.”

A wish is all we have as another year starts. The rest is up to us to work on the rest of the year. It is what we do that makes the new year and the rest of the year bright. (I heard that somewhere.)

Every start of the year, we look forward to what will happen in the coming months. We wish us all good in the coming days. Sometimes we forget though that wishes are not enough. We must set targets: What we want to achieve and how we want to achieve it.

It’s heartening to hear that President Aquino tried to cut his work backlog during the holidays. He reportedly brought some “state papers” during his New Year vacation in Baguio City. We should learn from such example.

(We just hope he did something substantial during the short break. It’s indeed time for the president to make some serious work already with all the rumors about him and his Cabinet circulating.)

The saving grace, as always, of our government, are ordinary people doing their job. We know of state workers who labored through the holidays to perform their tasks of delivering basic services to the public. The holidays were “just another day” for these people. Us, ordinary mortals, should take the cue from these “heroes.”

It’s really a shame that many of us complain of hard times despite the many opportunities we have every day of our lives. In the south, where I went home during the holidays, vast lands lay idle because nobody wants to work in the field anymore. And people are complaining that they go hungry.

Despite the bright forecasts for the new year by those who read the stars, we know that it will be a rough sailing in the coming months. There is no easy way out of the hard times. We have to live by the sweat of our brows, so the Bible says.

There may be opportunities that will come our way, but we have to work to achieve what we desire to achieve. And this principle applies to both our personal lives and the government, for instance the peace process.

Almost all sectors have expressed the desire for peace. Both the government and the rebels said they want peace too. There were already initial efforts to work on something to start the process. But there are snags along the way. These have to be addressed. There is no going around it.

As the new year starts, we do what we do best, and more. We work for our sake and for the sake of the future. We stop wishing and start doing.

There is too much work to be done and so little time at hand, so they say. It’s just another day. Joe Torres


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