Two Boys.


Credit: Himesh Behera

The other day I drove my mother to the bank. I had to wait in the car because there wasn’t any parking available. I was minding my own business, singing along to the Ed Sheeran song playing on the radio when something caught my eye.

I was parked near a garbage centre and there they were, two little boys, playing with the trash. They were running and jumping around scouring the dumpster for something. I was quite confused to see these two boys, well dressed and also looked well fed. I looked as they made a bed frame into a slide. They placed plastic bags full of trash from the dumpster under the bed frame to angle it at a certain degree so they could slide down. A man walked past them and they hid for a moment waiting for him to walk away and then they’d start playing again.

I watched them as they play until my mother arrived and we drove away.

I didn’t know what to feel. Was it anger towards the parents? Was it sympathy towards the kids? Was it sadness?

I shouldn’t judge. Maybe they were just playing there because they were bored. I imagine the faces of their parents when they see the mess they had made. But what if they were unfortunate children born into a poor family? It was such a hard scene to witness but their laughter and smile were so genuine. They were happy.

I know. In other third world countries, there are scenes much heartbreaking than this one. Poverty is a horrible thing and we should all give a hand in helping these people.

One thing for sure, I’m amazed at how smart they were. They had an idea to build something from scraps.

I sincerely hope these kids will grow up to be successful and in return, give a better life to their family. Engineers or architects maybe. May God bless their souls.


Things You Can Control.

Your beliefs.

You can choose what you believe in. You can defend what you think is right. What you can’t do is force other people into agreeing with you.

In an era where everyone is trying to make themselves relevant, it’s hard not to offend a certain group of people.

As a teacher of mine once said, A joke is just that: a joke. Some people will take it seriously, so be careful of what you assume is a joke.

It’s the same case with opinions. I have my own beliefs and you have yours. I don’t have to force an opinion of mine into your mind just because I think my beliefs is better. It goes vice versa.

Respect is the key. You can’t control others.

Inspired by Ruben Chavez of ThinkGrowProsper. // Slur