Why am I still here?

There’s an interesting topic Migz Paras started on his blog. Being an IT professional, he talked about why he chose to still stay in the Philippines while his friends have been going out to work either in the US or Singapore. He tickled my senses because this is precisely my experience.

I’ve been a web professional for quite sometime. Joy’s a registered nurse. That combination must be a sure passport to the US. Why am I still here in the Philippines? My answer is philosophical and –I forgot to tell Migz in my blog post comment — spiritual.

I discovered two things: 1) that being contented (read: satisfied) with what you have is the key to happiness. In my opinion, my family can live a simple, happy life here in the Philippines even without the extravagance that money through working abroad can bring, and 2) if your purpose in life is centered only on bringing pleasure to self, you’ll never be satisfied. You’ll live a life craving for more and never really enjoyed what you have. There’s got to be more in life than bringing personal pleasure and earning big bucks. Here comes the spiritual part: I believe that my higher purpose in life is to live a life that pleases God AND to become a bridge for people disconnected to Him, therefore giving them the same peace, happiness and satisfaction that I am experiencing right now. Seeing people living life to the full is effort worth doing. As far as I’m concerned, no amount of money earned abroad can give that.

Disclaimer: This is just a personal experience. I am in no way judging the reasons why others decide to leave and work abroad.

  • Jing

    I completely agree ,my friend. I cannot imagine life without my friends and family. With religion, well, you can find that wherever you are bec faith is within one’s self.

  • Jing

    I completely agree ,my friend. I cannot imagine life without my friends and family. With religion, well, you can find that wherever you are bec faith is within one’s self.

  • diana

    Thanks for this post. My reasons for staying are the same too. God made us who we are for a reason. I’m Pinoy. And I don’t believe God made a mistake and should have made me African or American or some other race.

    I feel that there’s too many people clamoring to go abroad. It may seem that the that road is easy and full of prizes. What they don’t see the there is a price to pay for it too. And what dear a price! I think this side of the debate table needs to be heard by many too. Kudos! :)

  • diana

    Thanks for this post. My reasons for staying are the same too. God made us who we are for a reason. I’m Pinoy. And I don’t believe God made a mistake and should have made me African or American or some other race.

    I feel that there’s too many people clamoring to go abroad. It may seem that the that road is easy and full of prizes. What they don’t see the there is a price to pay for it too. And what dear a price! I think this side of the debate table needs to be heard by many too. Kudos! :)

  • http://arnoldgamboa.com Arnold

    Hi Diana. Your words are encouraging. Thank you.

  • http://arnoldgamboa.com Arnold

    Hi Diana. Your words are encouraging. Thank you.

  • Jojo Paderes

    The Filipino community at other countries are very much alive. GMA used to have this program called “Pinoy Abroad” which tells the untold stories of Filipinos living overseas. It’s a nice program which bring into a positive light that Filipinos can still indeed build a community, live a better life with other people and meet new friends.

    One size does not fit all. Beliefs and opinions will be always be subjective. Whatever works as long as we don’t think like a crab :-)

  • Jojo Paderes

    The Filipino community at other countries are very much alive. GMA used to have this program called “Pinoy Abroad” which tells the untold stories of Filipinos living overseas. It’s a nice program which bring into a positive light that Filipinos can still indeed build a community, live a better life with other people and meet new friends.

    One size does not fit all. Beliefs and opinions will be always be subjective. Whatever works as long as we don’t think like a crab :-)

  • http://www.sevenink.com Obhet Cristobal

    I believe that my higher purpose in life is to live a life that pleases God AND to become a bridge for people disconnected to Him, therefore giving them the same peace, happiness and satisfaction that I am experiencing right now. Seeing people living life to the full is effort worth doing

  • http://www.sevenink.com Obhet Cristobal

    I believe that my higher purpose in life is to live a life that pleases God AND to become a bridge for people disconnected to Him, therefore giving them the same peace, happiness and satisfaction that I am experiencing right now. Seeing people living life to the full is effort worth doing

  • http://www.sevenink.com Obhet Cristobal

    I believe that my higher purpose in life is to live a life that pleases God AND to become a bridge for people disconnected to Him, therefore giving them the same peace, happiness and satisfaction that I am experiencing right now. Seeing people living life to the full is effort worth doing

    brilliant thoughts capture in simple words..God bless the author of this blog…i am in singapore, yes there is a price to pay indeed..thank you for the generosity of writing these words…

  • http://www.sevenink.com Obhet Cristobal

    I believe that my higher purpose in life is to live a life that pleases God AND to become a bridge for people disconnected to Him, therefore giving them the same peace, happiness and satisfaction that I am experiencing right now. Seeing people living life to the full is effort worth doing

    brilliant thoughts capture in simple words..God bless the author of this blog…i am in singapore, yes there is a price to pay indeed..thank you for the generosity of writing these words…