1. Loosen the grip on material things because no one really knows when they will be taken away. I am very sensitive about my belongings and I get antsy whenever I lose an item even as small as my favorite ballpen. Seeing people lose everything made me realize that there is nothing we own, even our lives, are borrowed.
2. Heavy things float! I did not experience this myself but according to my friends who have, fridge, piano and other heavy stuff float in flood. The next time you encounter this, tie your stuff with rope so they won't float away.
3. This was the rainy day the popular saying 'Save for the Rainy Days' was talking about. Shortly after Ondoy created a chaos out of Manila, Typhoon Parma came in and scared everyone. In the groceries, people were panic buying. What if you didn't have extra money to spare? What if *knock on wood* you lose your home and all your belongings and you'd have to start from scratch? Popular finance author Suze Orman says that before anything else, start funding your emergency fund, an amount approximately equal to six months of your salary. I haven't been practicing this, too, as religiously but with the trauma that Ondoy has caused, I am slowing down on shopping.
4. The Filipino is worth living and dying for.*
An 18-year-old construction worker, Muelmar Magallanes, braved rampaging floods in the Philippines to save more than 30 people, but ended up sacrificing his life in a last trip to rescue a baby girl and her mother who were being swept away on a styrofoam box.5. I have never been more proud to be a Filipino.You know when you're driving to work, or even sitting inside a public transportation and you've been on the same spot for an hour and nothing is moving and you hate the country so much? I do. I feel that all the time. Except when these typhoons came, battered so many people and yet, everywhere you look, even the victims themselves are helping out, giving what they can
Image by Mark Gosingtian
8. When all else fails, God does not. I am not the most religious person I know and I am known to skip mass every now and then but knowing that God listened to our prayers when Typhoon Parma was approaching was another [of many] humbling experiences I've had. As they say Ask and you shall receive.
Do you have lessons to share? I'd love to hear :)