“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.” ~Denis Waitley
Last week, I was referred to help out a medical representative to conduct a free clinic in Mercury Drug, Lagro, Quezon City. Despite the fact that I only received an honorarium and the site was literally far from my place, I was thankful and eager to attend because I know it’s always great to reach out. And so from 1PM to almost 6 in the evening, majority of my patients were in their geriatric years; only few were in their 30s, 40s. Most of their conditions were Hypertension and/or Diabetes. We offered free consultation with blood pressure monitoring and Random Blood Sugar (RBS) testing.
I saw my late maternal Lolo and Lola in almost all faces of patients I’ve seen that afternoon. They’ve fought the same conditions and peacefully died from its complications. Until this day, there are moments that I miss them. They raised all of us, their apos, while my dad was away as an OCW and my mom has always been busy working. As I conduct that free clinic, I could only wish that I have given more time to my Lolo and Lola then. I also hope that my son, Gabby will continue his good relationships with his grandparents–both my parents and my in-laws.
All patients that I’ve seen were grateful and left our table with wide smiles. An 80+ year-old lady even kept on wishing us, “God bless you!” countless times until she bid us goodbye. That for me was one of the most priceless moments I’ve experienced; a happy one.
I came home that day with a free Jollibee Meal, tired but smiling eyes and stories to share to Tina and Gabby.
Some people say it’s always a choice to be happy. At times when my days are gloomy, I just look at Gabby, listen to his stories about cartoons or simply see him smile and everything seems to be alright.
What’s your take on happiness? Are you always happy? What makes you happy ?