Tuesday, November 4, 2008

tuyo, tinapa & galonggong

Let me tell you a story. Three construction workers were on top of theirhalf-finished skyscraper. Rrrrring!" the lunch bell sounded, and the threemen sat on a steel beam jutting out of the 56th flo or with their lunchboxes in hand.The first guy opens his and groans in exasperation, "Tuyo!" There is not aday that I don't get tuyo for lunch!" He turns to his buddies andannounces, "Mark my words. If I still get tuyo tomorrow, I'm going to throwmyself from this building."The second guy opens his lunch box and moans,
"Tinapa". Everyday, I gettinapa!" He looks at his friends and declares, "Believe me when I say this.If I get tinapa tomorrow, I'm going to jump and kil! l myself."The third guy opens his lunch box and it was his turn to despair."Galunggong" . All I get is galunggong!" I'm telling you, if I still getgalunggong tomorrow, I'm going to jump from this building and die."The next day, the lunch bell rings and all three men are again seated onthe 56th floor. The first guy opens his lunch box and starts crying,"Tuyoooooo!" And so he jumps and crashes on the ground.The second guy opens his lunch box
and wails loudly, "Tinapaaaa!" And healso hurls himself off the building and dies.The third guy opens his lunch box and screams, "Galunggonggggg! " And so hetoo jumps off the building and splatters on the ground.Days later, during the funeral of the three men, their three wives embraceand weep together. The first wife cries out, "I didn't know my husbanddidn't like tuyo anymore! Why didn't he tell me? If only he told me, Iwould have prepared something else."The second wife echoes her statement, "Yes! If only I knew, I would havecooked something else, not tinapa!"The third wife, between sobs, speaks up, "I don't know why my husbandkilled himself." The two wives look at her curiously."Why?"She went on, "Because ... my husband prepares his own lunch everyday..."I love this crazy story because it presents a very important truth: all ofus prepare our own lunch. If we don't like our jobs, if we don't like thestate of our relationships, if! we don't like what's happening to ourspiritual lives - we have no one to blame but ourselves. Because God hasgiven us free will. He has given us the power to prepare our own lunch.If you want to earn more and be free from debt, if you're sick
and tired ofyour bad habits, if we want to put more joy in our marriages, if we want togrow in our relationship with God - then go back to your kitchen andprepare yourself another dish. Because you design your own future. Youcreate your own destiny. Ask yourself what kind of future do you want tohave? What kind of life? What kind of eternity? You decide.

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