Love and cherish your job

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By Ben Emata

From Across the Seas

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

MANY people are committing blunders by taking for granting their job.

Because of this, some of them end up fired or forced to resign thus giving their respective families real thunder of hell, difficulty in living and unparallel hardship.

I wish to say that our occupation, profession and the like, most likely lead us to our job and we should love and cherish it with sincerity because it is tantamount to life of the family and the future of our children. It is a life-blood in living, an indispensable part of existence on earth. We must have it until they day we are fully retired. It is a great gift from God.


Being jobless speaks of disasters in the family. Your wife will quarrel you when there is no food on the table for your children, when electric lights go off because of non-payment of bills as well as water and other necessities in the home.

Food may come from friends and relative as well as dole outs from neighbors and passerby. It is really difficult and we have to swallow our pride, our shame, honor and dignity. Our person and our posture are in total shamble and a lot of people could not take it anymore they die for any reason. A job is life in itself. It makes us breath comfortably and sees the smiles of our family.

There is nothing more unfortunate than being without job. I had an ugly experience to maintain a family while without work. Yes, I used to have a nice small time business operating a newspaper, which just went airborne when martial law was declared in 1972. The government had it closed with thousands other in the entire country. It was like the skies dropped on my head and I was perplexed so much how my family and I could survive with body and soul together. I had a grim look at life and was troubled so much of the situation.

I had to do everything possible to sustain life. I went up to hills to look for food. I did odd business ventures by selling medicines in far flung barangays so I could buy food and other things needed in the family. My children were so young and needing so much attention and care.

I walked out of the house when the atmosphere was dark and went home when my kids were asleep. I kissed them in their sleep and everyday I asked God to help me. I always believe in prayers and hope of God’s help. Every moment of my life was uncertain but I felt I was going in the right direction. I was courageous. I was determined.

After eight years of extreme difficulty, I got a job as an editor of a local newspaper. Later, I established my own newspaper and went into television and radio broadcasting. New developments came until the day I realized I was facing a much bigger and heavier problem of sending my kids to college.

To make the story short, after so many years of hard work and sweats, my five kids passed through the difficulty in college education. Today they are all employed as top executives in their respective offices. Of my five children, three became engineers, an accountant and a nurse.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on February 19, 2014.


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