Pre-Web 2.0/social media, analog pictures of our projects in the Philippines (some posted here) would arrive via snail mail. They would take weeks, months, or zero time because sometimes they never arrived at all (hence the missing years not posted here). Sometimes, we’d have nothing to show for the projects that took weeks and months of planning and coordinating between giftED SOLs Philippines and USA via long-distance calls over landlines.
Even to this day, sending balikbayan boxes to the Philippines using a reliable cargo service takes a month at the fastest, double during the holiday season. Reportedly, port congestions in L.A. and Manila these past “ber” months caused delays in delivery from 45 to 60 days or so. Of the 10 boxes we had sent by October, only 4 arrived by December, followed by 3 more this month, January 2015. What happened or what will happen to the rest? We simply hope for the best.
In this age of “instant gratification,” delayed gratification teaches us lessons we must learn. Delayed gratification reinforces that “patience is a virtue” and “good things come to those who wait.” It teaches us to keep things in perspective. It teaches us that instant gratification doesn’t necessarily coincide with instant gratitude; as well, delayed gratification should not mean delayed gratitude either. Just the opposite, it teaches and gives us a sense of instant gratitude.
We count our blessings right away. We are grateful for the digital photos that come our way soon after our projects are completed in the Philippines. We are grateful for boxes that actually land when it should. We are grateful knowing our Project Coordinator does everything as fast as she can despite her hectic calendar. This week and next, she’s leading back-to-back giving projects, traveling between provinces, to deliver gifts.
Finally, our Secret SOLs Gift Project is finished and ready to be unveiled. We can’t wait to see the reaction of the kids!
Actually, we CAN and WILL WAIT because it’s worth it! Gratitude is a matter of attitude. Our gratification may be delayed, but we are overwhelmed with gratitude right this instant! After all, time flies when we’re having fun–and we are, because for each gift sown and soul gifted, we reap sunshine!
A grateful heart is a happy heart! Happy and grateful US this year!