How better to celebrate an anniversary than to share some quality time with cancer-inflicted children and give them some things normal healthy children probably take for granted.
This week KSearch celebrates its 14th Anniversary. To make it a meaningful occasion in the same light as what the firm has practiced in the past, the KSearch consultants this time around visited the Philippine Children’s Medical Center in Quezon City last Saturday, October 19, 2013. The mission: reach out to some 140 confined children who have been diagnosed with cancer, cardio, nephritic and neurological diseases. For roughly two hours, we spoke with them, gave them food, toys and workbooks. The children could not contain their excitement. We know that even for a short time, they are having a taste of what other normal healthy children get to enjoy. And we gave them a bonus yet: they saw this jolly looking giant mascot of Jolibee in his bright yellow costume.
I know our hearts melted when we saw the smiles of joy in the children. What could they be thinking, we wonder. This much we know –- they haven’t lost any hope. One 14-year-old girl who is diagnosed of brain tumor shared her dream of becoming a journalist when she grows up as she uttered meekly with a smiling face: “gusto ko pong maging journalist pag laki ko”.
I have been with KSearch only this year and I feel so rewarded that I would have this wonderful opportunity to have shared in the firm’s “paying forward”, so to speak, the blessings that the firm has gained over the years. To digress a bit, I am reminded of one Buddhist belief which suggests that “To avoid suffering, avoid craving”. I thought that this applies to all who never got contented with what they have and so they lose focus of what is present, tending to dwell on the past and the future. The children at the hospital inspired us to appreciate the value of life in all its present forms or inadequacies. The children smiled with their gifts from us, some struggled to laugh, some probably nearly in tears from an unusual kind of caring they were being treated to. They probably did not realize that, in a manner of speaking, they were teaching us in KSearch to be thankful for what we ourselves individually possess presently – the blessing of good health.