Coming from the youth sector where more than 45 percent of our population belongs to, I have three simple steps that I think should be done to help our President and our beloved country.
First, let us learn how to be thankful for the efforts of our government and its leaders. Whether we are pro or anti the Aquino Administration, it is still important that we learn to be appreciative because this simple gesture begets a positive atmosphere that can help us overcome socio-economic challenges that our country currently faces.
Second, examine yourself. What have you contributed? Have you actually done anything to be part of the solution? Do we have to blame our government officials all the time whenever we encounter problems? Are you one of those people who rally and say all the negative things about a certain politician? If yes, do you think spending more time rallying or complaining would be better than doing something worthwhile such as volunteering in different foundations and sharing your time, effort and knowledge to be able to address a certain political or social problem? These questions would essentially help us determine whether we are really doing our share as private citizens.
Third, do something concrete to make a difference! God gave each one of us our unique talents, skills and capabilities so we should maximize them for the benefit of others. “Doing something” plainly means using your time wisely.
These three steps are just the basics but I suppose if all of us resolve to do them in our own small way, I am sure it will make a big difference towards helping our country move forward.
—By Mixie Rivera, Manila Bulletin (August 5, 2012)