Cleaning the coasts like cleaning your heart of hatred

sycamoretree
Posted March 9, 2019 from Philippines
Cleaning Panalaron Bay Tacloban City like cleaning the heart of hatred
Cleaning Panalaron Bay Tacloban City like cleaning the heart of hatred: taken after the group gathered trash from Panalaron Bay, Tacloban City, Philippines (1/1)

Challenge is a term I describe something difficult entering my 'area of responsibility' as they say in news about typhoons. Like other south east asian countries, typhoons visit my jursdiction frequently. Lately, I've had a break up from a four year relationship because of lack of patience and understanding towards each other and I cannot explain how hopeless I felt and how hard it is to face the world knowing that the person you used to being with in the roller coastee of life left the ride without you. I felt anger, lonliness, depression and all other paranoid like feelings. They say you can never really know it's love if you don't have pain with it and darn I had a lot of those bursts they call pain and it got attatched to me for at least a few months. 

The fraustration led me to just be at home and let myself be miserable. Accomplishing almost nothing everyday, most days not eating properly, dozing off to social media in expectation of filling the void in my heart but all to no avail. But I still had my dreams with me, my visions of becoming someone that would help society rise and I have been itching to join an environmental protection group all this time. Luckily, a friend of mine posted on her wall that her group was clesning this bay in our city near the market. I excitedly messaged her if I could join them in this cause and she approved! 

I'm guessing you know how the story goes, I clean the bay with this group now. They're a small government unit called Fisheries Law Enforcement Team with some speedboats and humble cleaning materials but great hearts of youth concerned with Panalaron Bay in Tacloban City. 

With everyday that I volunteered with them was as if I was plucking out thorns in my heart caused by the heart breaks, not only in the romantic aspect but also the pressure society gives you, my academic life, expectations of people towards you and your achievements. 

I can attest that God is good, so good that he gave me an opportunity to change my mental state along with helping out the environment heal from the damages the people inflicts it, which is my my favorite advocacy, environmentally inclined. 

Imagine if a group of women or people were given this opportunity to help out, to volunteer, to help the community instead of playing mobile games. Now imagine a community with helpful hearts working hand in hand in their preferred advocacies. We heal not only within ourselves but we heal with the community. What a wonderful vision!

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Jill Langhus
Mar 10
Mar 10

Hi Sycamore Tree,

Thanks for sharing your story. So, do you feel that your break up caused an opening to find this opportunity and gave you the opportunity to grow, then? It sounds like you were ready for this in your life, but you were probably focused on other things instead? I agree. I love your vision. I can't want to see it come to fruition.

Hope you're having a great Sunday, dear.

sycamoretree
Mar 11
Mar 11

Totally. I do believe that in order for a seed to grow, it must struggle first to get to the other side where sun shine is most evident.

Jill Langhus
Mar 12
Mar 12

Oh, great:-) Could be... could be...

Paulina Nayra
Mar 10
Mar 10

Dear Miss Sycamore Tree,
Your story sounds familiar...ahem ahem. You've got the right attitude towards life. Turning hurts into productive pursuits is a sign of bravery that paves the way to liberation from emotional bondage. Can you imagine if all of us who got dumped, bullied, cursed, discriminated and abandoned will go out and clean the coasts or their immediate environment, we will all benefit from a pollution- free beaches and air. Kidding aside, there is indeed healing in getting involved in socially responsible projects because one cease to pity herself and turn her attention to help others, especially when she realized that there are people who have experienced worse yet they still wear a smile on their faces and see life full of hope. Be it cleaning the house or the coast, what matter more is that you have overcome the pain and learn valuable lessons from the experience.

Welcome to World Pulse!

Cheers.

sycamoretree
Mar 11
Mar 11

Winner. I have no other words. hahahaha. Love lots.

Hello, Sycamore Tree,

You write well, dear. I think I know you (even from your first post), but this story confirms my suspicion. I love your username, by the way. I think it’s from the Bible.

I’m sorry to know about the breakup. It’s not easy especially it’s been four years. But I am proud of you because you are a resilient woman. Take your sweet time on healing that heart. It will be whole again.

Thank you for helping cleanup our environment. You are someone already.

sycamoretree
Mar 11
Mar 11

It indeed is from the book of books. Thanks for the appreciation!

Yeah, I have all the time in the world considering that I'm in my youth, and I have God with me, and world pulse sisters too. So I'm gonna be alright.

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 10
Mar 10

Dear Sycamoretree,
Breakups can be so profoundly painful but as you describe here, they can also be a chance to completely re-evaluate what we want to do with our lives, with the decisions coming 100% from our Selves. I love this, your story of how your opening to change brought you to a new community and such important work.

sycamoretree
Mar 11
Mar 11

Yeah. It made me divert my thoughts and re channel my energy. At the end of the day, I guess its a win. :) *and not only for me, but for others too.

Urmila Chanam
Mar 10
Mar 10

Dear Sycamoretree,
Thanks for sharing your life lesson that by giving back to mother earth not just the earth heals but we heal too.
Love and prayers,
Urmila Chanam

sycamoretree
Mar 11
Mar 11

Yeah it's a sort of therapeutic magic and I love it!