‘Lessons in Life’ Story

THE SUBJECT of this 15-year-old email, copied as is from my saved files on my PC, came back to me a few months after, from a different source – a forwarded email, sans the email addresses, via a different mailing list, by a co-Filipino, bearing the source as sent by an Indian national. I remember getting elated when I received the email and consequently shared this same original email to the group, as proof, that I wrote it. It is being shared again, in my effort to get my old written work published through this blog. As I mentioned at the beginning of starting this blog in October 2012, I aim to get re-published my written works of old under one source, this my “A Blessed Life” personal blog.

From: Freda Contreras-Buhaimed <fredacontreras@HOTMAIL.COM> Save Address
Reply-To: “The leiomyosarcoma (cancer) Online Support Group” <L-M-SARCOMA@LISTSERV.ACOR.ORG>
Subject: [LMS] GEN: ‘Lessons in Life’ story
Date: Sun, 20 May 2001 17:02:08 -0400


I would like to share with you one of the “Lessons in Life” stories my late
father told us his children. I’m not sure of the exact sequence but this is
how I remembered it: –

There was once a father and son with a donkey going a long way to a new
settlement. When they passed by a small town – the father walking with his
son on top of the donkey – people commented: “What kind of a son is he who
allows his father to walk?”

The son then exchanged places with his father and as they entered another
town, they overheard people saying: “What kind of a father is he who allows
his young son to walk?”

The father then pulled his son up and went on their way until they passed
another town. Upon seeing them, people again commented: “Poor donkey,
suffering the weight of two inconsiderate souls!”

So off went father and son from the donkey and decided to just walk on foot.
When again they passed another town, they overheard people saying:

“How stupid can people be! The donkey is there alright yet they walk on

The lesson here is that no matter what you do (or say) people will always
react differently. Don’t expect everybody to agree with what you do or say.
What is right for you could be wrong for the other. So do and say as you
believe is right and be open enough to accept what others do or say no
matter how opposed you are with them. But always, be kind with what you do
or say.

Good day everyone!

Freda, Kuwait
Uterine LMS

About Author

Freda Editha O. Contreras
Writing is a God-given talent which I try to utilize the good way. I used it as a means to earn a living, my very first job after graduating from college, when I got hired as an Information Writer by the Provincial Government of Antique through Governor Enrique A. Zaldivar in January 1982. By profession, I am a Registered Nurse, and was only able to practice it when I got recruited to work in a private hospital in Kuwait. This was in November 1987 and since then I have been living in Kuwait, now retired since June 2002. Because of my knack in writing I got hired in 1994 to write for Kuwait Times and later became an Editor of 'Pinoy News' a weekly supplement of KT. In March 1996 I published the very first independent Filipino newspaper in Kuwait and the Gulf bannered as Pinoy Expat News or PEN. The paper lasted for only 10 weekly issues. This was followed by another publication and came out first as an insert of an ad paper and later as a separate tabloid. I used then 'Pinoy News' as it was my idea the first time it was used for Kuwait Times. This again failed and produced only three weekly issues. I then turned to the Internet and in 1999 I got hired as a Contributing Editor of Suite101.com, a writers' portal on the web. The last of my articles was published December 31, 2002 but my topic 'Overseas Filipino Workers' was still visible until January 2006. All the 38 articles I wrote have been compiled into a book which I published in August 2007. I discovered blogging in 2006 but was not really serious about my writing. I wrote according to my whim. Having this blog under my own domain name is now a welcome development and I plan to concentrate again in writing. As is commonly said: "A writer will always be a writer." http://fredacontreras.com/

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