Life is a battle and we just have to keep on fighting.
The last scenes of The Hurt Locker (spoiler alert!) create a disturbing realization by Jeremy Renner’s character of how he looks at life after he came to face impending death in the line of duty. He tried his best but could not save an Iraqi who was strapped with bombs secured by several locks. He was sorry he could only do so much. That made him go back home and start a quiet, laid-back life with his family. Then came the grocery store scene, showing him alone and confused among the shelves of rows and rows of oatmeals and cereals; that scene stirs the audience’s mind towards the movie’s end which reveals the lead character’s decision to again leave his beloved family behind and return to Iraq. For me, the film’s last scenes stole the Oscars from the blockbuster Avatar bigtime.
Indeed, fiction presents fact. There are trials that we have to face, day in and day out. Each of us is confronted with problems in various sizes. We need to seek the solutions for them, we create strategies to hurdle and overcome them. We cannot remain complacent to where we are. But up to what extent? Do we risk life and limb to solve them? Would achieving our goals worth all the risks involved?
New assignments, previously set appointments and pending works cram my schedule. But the challenge to remain effective and provide satisfactory work for the client remains high. This is my work; this is my life. Seven years into my chosen profession, there are a lot of downfalls and there are still a lot of uphill climbs. But no matter what, I long to see the rainbow after the storm, the sun past dark clouds and the majesty of the pouring rain after a scorching day. Thank God for the strength and daily provisions that keep me going.
The other night, my good friend Felmar sent this SMS message:
“Trials in life are blessings in disguise because they force us to face our weaknesses and fears. Above all, they unleash hidden strengths we never know we had.+”
The text came as an awesome surprise as I was on my way home, uneasy about the next day’s meeting, a meeting which I dreaded for weeks because the circumstances seemed against me despite having made painstaking efforts to work things out. I then promptly replied:
“Thanks, pads. I’ve got something to hold onto as I face another challenge tomorrow. We can surpass life’s difficulties because God is our deliverer. Pabugso-bugso na rin po ang ulan dito hehehe. Magandang gabi po.”
With that, I went to sleep for more than a couple of hours, barely enough to relieve my weary body of exhaustion and gain renewed vigor (with the help of some energy drink composed of taurine, caffeine and ginseng in a 350 ml. bottle). Thereafter, hell may break loose but my artillery is ready.