I can remember those days when my mom would buy a blank cassette tape and record an hour worth of messages for my dad who was working abroad.
I knew then that my dad would always look forward to the cassette tape to be delivered to him from the Philippines to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We had to wait for a month for the voice tape to reach him and another month for his answer recorded in another cassette tape.
That was how Filipino families try to keep their family together back then. Messages of love, greetings, stories and wishes had to wait for weeks or months before the recipient would hear it.
Today, people all over the world are so lucky to have the Internet, social media and devices to communicate and even see each other. That’s why it makes me frustrated to see some people sharing hurtful words and lacking intimacy to their family and loved ones because of this privilege.
We forget what we had to do and time to wait a few decades ago just to see a glimpse of our loved one or hear their voices. Today, we can’t avoid wasting time ignoring the people closest to us and do online kinds of stuff that are unnecessary.
Cassette Tape (Source: WiseGeek.com)
Daily Prompt: Record
Having a profound mind is one of the things that made me admire the Dalai Lama. It seems he shares the same vision I have that no religion, race, belief, or power should prevent humans from loving and caring each other.
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Somebody told me I don’t have to always tell my children how wonderful they are and proud of them. Instead, I should focus on letting them know their flaws and guide them to improve/find solutions to their problems.
For me, it was the most ridiculous and cruel advice I heard. I love my children and I will not stop saying it to them. I will not limit my hugs and kisses. I will always tell them how much I admire and adore them. For me, that’s what every child deserves and that’s my preferred foundation of their characters.
I believe that their flaws are human nature and it is an ignorant move to expect a child to act righteous and look good based on certain standards set by the community. It is also unfair to always look and mention the flaw of a child. Isn’t this what causes a child to develop insecurity? Inferiority? Depression?
Admiration is a human nature as well. It is one of the positive things of humanity. Preventing to show one’s admiration as a form of discipline is unjustifiable.
For that person who gave me that unwarranted advice, look at yourself first because who you are now is not really a pleasant result of your monstrous parenting tip.
Daily Prompt: Admire