One Peso for El Mercurio

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El Mercurio, 33 years old

I met a friend who changed my life forever. His name is El Mercurio, a former colleague, a Computer Engineer and lives in a neighboring town in Iloilo. We worked together as production engineers in my previous company. He was kind to everyone, hardworking and determined. He loves mountaineering; he engaged in small businesses and supported his siblings in their studies. Everything seemed promising, a life well-lived until we bade each other goodbye when we both resigned from our jobs. I joined another company and he was left unemployed for quite a time.

I heard very rarely about my dear friend from then on. Not until February of 2008 when I got a text message from our common friend that took me by surprise, “El went back to Iloilo because he is suffering from dystonia”. It was a devastating. We, his friends knew that it was the same disease that cost his father and his brother’s life, the same disease that his other brother is currently suffering as well.

Dystonia is a disease that causes involuntary muscle contraction. It is when a part of our brain that controls the muscle movement is not functional anymore. It is a hereditary disease that targets the male members of the family and the females become a carrier also. There are 3 kinds of dystonia, the one that manifests in the legs, one from the hands, and another in the jaw. El unfortunately acquired the last one, which is the worst kind.

When we heard the news, we immediately kept in touch with him. He would recall that every time he is awake, his jaw, mouth and eyes would constantly move causing him to salivate and stutter. He will only fall asleep after taking some pain reliever. He is in great pain and discomfort almost all the time he is awake. And it was crushing to know that no known cure exist during that time to alleviate his suffering.

The news spread rapidly to the rest of our friends and co-employees. Everyone was worried and all his friends extended all possible help that could at least re-energize El’s spirit. From prayers, to encouragement to the little and big contributions everybody chipped in, all were helpful that he will soon recover from the disease.

El tried to live a normal life as much as he could. He worked in a computer shop, did some buy and sell business and would go in Manila to watch variety TV shows as studio audience. He would always find time to visit his doctor about his condition. He was always hopeful that things will take a positive turn someday. And his prayers paid off. One day, his doctor told him the best news ever. Dystonia is no longer an incurable disease. Scientists developed a method known as The Deep Brain Simulation (DBS) and the cure is already available in the Philippines! There is indeed light at the end of the tunnel!

El called us to share the news still in his stuttering state. By the sound of his voice I can almost hear him cry with joy. And I couldn’t help but be very thankful that after all the things that have transpired, here is a man who happened to be my friend, braving the odds to survive and is not giving up on every hope possible. Here is a man that God made as an instrument to inspire us that life is about being hopeful, being courageous and being optimistic. It is defying even death.

He could have lost himself in depression 4 years ago knowing his condition. The thought of his father and brother dying could have flashed before him after discovering his illness. But El was different. He never gave up. He fought his way back to live.

Amidst the happy discovery of the cure, El relayed that his challenge now is on how to cover the expenses of the operation that would cost him 2 million pesos. It was a huge amount on his part. It may only be the equivalent Jinky Pacquiao’s Hermes bag or a pair of diamond earrings of Mommy Dionisia but it was too enormous for a simple man like El. We, his friends, could not produce the said amount in a flash.

But don’t question El’s spirit. He used statistics combined with immense faith and hope to come up with a solution. According to his theory, if the Philippine population is at 100 million now, he can ask only one peso from 2 million people. Isn’t it doable? We burst in tears after hearing his words. I felt so little at the moment. I have no disease, I have work, I can buy mostly what I want, I can eat well, and I have no limits. Yet sometimes I am not contented, nothing is enough. But this man here aims nothing but to live his life a little longer with our one peso.

Friends, I don’t know how I can help my friend El for the 2 million pesos. I may not support him enough in terms of his financial needs, but I know part of me is always with El. And today I am his voice in spreading his cause. May you be part of the magic 2 million El wished for. Let your one peso make a difference to a person’s life. One Peso for El Mercurio!

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Truly Rich Club

When 2013 started, I immediately lay out my goals. “A new year, a new beginning, a new me”-kinda thing! Once I met my best friend and he asked, “Hi Louise, how are you?”. Then I said, “Pol, I’m a changed woman now”. Without hesitation he replied “You’re a changed person every time!”. Well, what’s wrong with that? That’s way better than no changes at all, right? I believe people should change and move, just like a boat, we should sail. But sometimes, we failed to see or consider why are we sailing, what is ahead of that vast ocean, why we stumble, why we should turn-around sometimes, why storms are sometimes too huge to bear. And so on and so forth.

Well, back to my goals (lol), I have a habit to really put them in writing and read it once in a while (weeeee, di nga?). Kumukontra si self! Anyway, I want to share them with you (gosh, am I doin’ this for real??) for various reasons, waaaaahhhhh:

1. For you to know

2. For you to be inspired :p

3. For me to get pressured

I want a balanced life (because that’s the secret of every successful person, huh!) so I made goals for every aspect of  my life:

1. Spiritual

  • Praying before sleeping 
  • Consistently attend the midweek and Sunday meeting
  • Read magazines daily
  • Read a bible verse daily

2. Financial

  • No additional debts
  • Read a financial book daily
  • No unplanned shopping
  • Do daily something  for PRU

3. Relationship

  • Weekly call to family
  • Talk & greet to relatives
  • Talk/Go out with friends
  • Be friendly to everyone
  • Genuine smile to everyone
  • Keep in touch with old friends

4. Career Growth (I hope my boss wont be able to read this!)

  • Read book once per week
  • One (1) improvement per week
  • Close all project
  • One-on-one talk daily with PS

5. Health (I think I forgot all of these except USANA!)

  • Gym 3 times /week
  • 1/4 cup of rice
  • USANA vitamins
  • Fish only, no meat

6. Toastmastering

  • CL/CC this year
  • Role or speech every meeting

Yipey! I made it! So what now? I don’t know, seriously. I may not be able to accomplish all these but one thing I learned is that, I knew what I want and I’m doing something about it. Sometimes, our goals change depending on our circumstances. That’s the time when we shift gears, sail on the other direction, change paradigm, change mood (jowk!)…

One of the changes I made is on my financial goals. While I’m doing well with my day job (ehem), I always believe in learning more or mastering the use of money. Someone said, “Money will be nothing but a piece of paper until you put value on it”. In my search for knowledge about investment, I found the Truly Rich Club very helpful. I am with Bro. Bo’s cause in spreading financial literacy especially to the young people (because Youth is the hope of our fatherland!). The Philippines is a lovely country, I just wish Filipinos will just stay here, invest here, do business here, be with there family here :) 

Well, if you want to know further about Truly Rich Club, please click here! You’ll find people here with the passion for learning, investing, financial planning, loving God, giving, everything! What I love with this is that, you can “singit” it to you time, as long as you the internet access, you can learn and earn at the same time. Thank you so much Bro Bo for this club! Join me here!

Be truly rich! More info here..

 

3 thoughts on “Truly Rich Club

  1. Hi Louise, I got here via the Truly Rich Bo Clubs. Thank you for sharing your goals.

    Just a few comments, sometimes, it’s hard to measure goals (and oftentimes it’s easier to lose track), especially the recurring ones, so I suggest to have a calendar. Every time you accomplished your daily goals, crossed out that particular day. This way, you can develop a habit and track your progress. You should also see this calendar every day to inspire/remind yourself.

    I hope this helps.

    Elvin

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What is about getting Louised?

Happy being single. Happy being loved. Happy having limitless opportunities. Happy learning everyday. Happy working with people. Happy with lots of smiles :)

Blessed with the best gift, life. Blessed with family. Blessed with friends. Friends with critics. Blessed with ransom gift of Jesus. Blessed to live in Paradise Earth. Blessed with Jah.

Excited to explore. Excited to travel. Excited to learn and earn. Excited to know you!

Keep checking, keep reading!

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