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  • A Chance Encounter On A Bus Shows How A Mother's Love Can Inspire Everyone

    A mother's love can inspire and motivate other regardless of her circumstances.
    by Rhea Angeline Malana .
A Chance Encounter On A Bus Shows How A Mother's Love Can Inspire Everyone
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  • Unless you are full, you cannot feed the hungry. Unless you are strong, you cannot help the weak. Unless you are taken care of, you cannot look after the needs of others. You cannot give what you do not have, or so I thought.

    Going back to Manila the day after visiting the tombs of my grandparents during All Souls' Day, one woman sat across me on a P2P bus. She was with her two children, a boy who was around 3 years old, and an infant carefully wrapped in her arms. The baby immediately cried the moment they settled in their seats, and the little boy was of no help — he was in a fit of anger over something he couldn't get.

    The woman was flustered. She accidentally dropped the cap of the baby's feeding bottle as she hurriedly pulled it from her bag to tame the wailing and fussy infant. The discomfort of the older child, on the other hand, eventually stopped after a little while. She handed him a biscuit and told him that it was the last piece, so he had to be careful not to drop it.

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    Then there was silence. All I heard was the sound of the baby getting good mouthfuls of milk seconds after the disorder. Not too long, the toddler asked his mom some questions. As the women tried to answer them the best she can, I could not keep myself from eavesdropping despite feeling drowsy and my eyes being half asleep.

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    In their conversation, I found out that the mom and her kids came from her husband's tomb. From the sound of it, he just passed away recently. As if she was talking to an adult, the mom narrated to the little boy the struggles she now faced every single day in coping with the loss and how she planned to raise them.

    She assured the boy's good future, howeverm, and it warmed my heart. All I could hear was an affection of a mother's love in spite of her sad situation. What I perceived to be a pitiful story ended up to be an inspiring one.

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    The boy offered the last portion of the biscuit when he heard her mother's tummy acting up. Still, the mother refused and told him to finish it, telling him that she'll eat something later instead.

    "Isusubo mo na lang, ibibigay mo pa." This is, by far, the most selfless act a mother can do to show her love for her children. I am grateful I have one.

    Unless you are inspired, you cannot give inspiration to others. Unless you are motivated, you cannot motivate others. Unless you are loved, you cannot show love to others. I used to believe in the saying that you cannot give what you do not have. That is until I met this woman and reminded myself that a mother's love is different.

    You can inspire others, motivate others and show some love to others regardless of your circumstances. You can actually offer something even if you are lacking — you can actually give even if you do not have.

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    Rhea Angeline Malana is a certified public accountant employed as a finance specialist in one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the Philippines. Balancing both work and life outside the office premises, she enjoys traveling and discovering different cultures and traditions. You may find her reading books or watching Korean shows during her free time.

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