Monday, January 4, 2016

May you be a calamansi tree

This is my New Year’s wish for you! 

You see, I just came from the family’s farm in Oriental Mindoro, which was gravely devastated by Typhoon Nona.

The tall and mighty Durian trees whose top can only be reached by a giant or 10 people stacked on top of each other had fallen ( in this case- on Lolo’s house ). Breathe, no one was harmed.

The flamboyant rambutan trees with numerous branches and thick leaves were uprooted.  In fact, all of our mature rambutan trees had met their bitter end (85% of the lot).  Only the young ones survived (15%).

The ever-abundant lansones trees had been cropped of its foliage.  My father said given time to heal and the right amount of care ( and organic fertilizer ), they might  still bear fruit.

On the other hand, the short and thin calamansi trees stood tall as though nothing happened- with branches and leaves intact.  I was told that the calamansi trees were able to weather the storm because of its roots.

You see, each calamansi tree has a major root which runs straight and deep into the soil making it firmly anchored to the ground. Thus, no amount of rain or wind can shake it.

I wish for your roots to run deep and for your spirit to be firmly anchored to the truth just like the calamansi tree.  So even when the fiercest storms come, you remain steadfast and strong.     

meditation from Release Your Wings

P.S.  For those who want to help, you may get in touch with Fr. Caloy through his facebook page or mobile number 0919-8406493.  His parish Nabuslot in Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro is one of the rural areas severely affected by the storm.  In fact, they still don't have electricity though it's nearly a month since typhoon Nona.


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