A famous author, Rick Warren, once said, “humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less.” This is indeed a hard thing to do when we center ourselves in what we want and what will make us happy. How will it be possible to think of ourselves less?
According to Nelia Morales, 60, from Carmen, Agusan del Sur, being humble is not thinking of yourself as greater or higher than others, instead be sensitive to their struggles as well. Life is all about humility and positivity since we all need to overcome, other than that, we lose the battle.
"I think humility is a virtue that each one of us should possess. My business grew a little but I always remind myself to be humble in any situation. And whenever I experience failure, I remind myself that it is only temporary, and it will soon pass," Nelia said.
Nelia is an active member of Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (CARD), Inc. (A Microfinance NGO), a social development organization that offers microloans to support the livelihood activities of the socio-economically challenged women and their families.
In 2009, she was persuaded by her neighbors to join the institution. Knowing the policies and procedures, she was encouraged to start dreaming more for her small sari-sari store. Her first loan was PhP3,000, which she used as an additional capital.
Dreaming was easy but the road to reaching them was unbearably difficult. More than that, she said that it is terribly difficult to see her family soaked in poverty. All her children are already married and they all stayed in one compound. She allowed her daughters and daughters-in-law to help in the store for them to earn, too.
"Whenever I look back, I remember how I carry those basket of goods to be sold, under the heat of the sun every day," Nelia reminisced.
"One time, I cried when we cannot even give them a proper meal, as a mother, it broke my heart," she added.
According to her, in every situation, positivity is the key. Positivity is the result of hope and the belief that everything will soon be alright, in time.
At present, Nelia's grocery store grew bigger, where she also added up a space for her dry goods such as bags, slippers, among others. She also helps women in their hometown, who are mostly housewives, by displaying their assorted tidbits like kutsinta and biko in her store. She also motivates them to do more. “I always remind them to be humble and believe in the power of positivity in every situation just like how I uncovered the secret to a happy and contented life,” Nelia concluded.
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