I think one of the biggest forms of flattery is when someone wants to hear your insight about something because they value what your opinions are.
A friend messaged me the other day and asked what my thoughts are regarding the ABS-CBN Shutdown – the biggest media network in PH forced to close because of the president’s personal ego and issues – because she “wants to hear what I say.” Same goes when another close friend replied to my IG Story that “she missed reading my opinion and insights on things” when I shared something personal two or three nights ago.
The reason why I appreciate it so much is maybe because out of the five love languages, mine is Words of Affirmation. I feel loved through words. Konting bola lang, swayed na agad si me. I get so touched and flattered whenever someone gives a compliment on my writings, and I’m not kidding when I say it makes my day because it actually does. When someone asks for my opinion on things, I feel valued and I feel like what I say actually makes sense.
Bianca: “Sometimes, you feel like the work that you do doesn’t really matter in the greater scheme of things. Til many years pass and you get a message like this.”
Nong: “Remember YSpeak? You, with Karen & Ryan, are one of the reasons why I grew up not blinded on political topics. If we do not engage, some people will read their comments that can lead them to wrong beliefs.”
Take this as an example. People still remember what they learned from you even after so many years. I aspire to inspire people this way, just like how my grade school English teacher has changed my life forever.
It may sound cheesy but my inspiration comes from people who believe in me. I would always think that there are people who value my words, people who support what I do, so why will I stop writing? I always take appreciations and criticisms to heart that it makes me want to write more and be better. It’s also one of the reasons why I won’t stop fighting for what I believe in – be it a political issue or not. I won’t stop speaking up especially when I know that what I’m fighting for is right, and I won’t stop educating people because the truth needs to be heard more.
This is where the saying “words are powerful” comes into place.
I hope we all use our influence properly. It saddens me when a person has such a big influence but she’s either silent or on the opposition’s side. Imagine the number of people you can educate. Imagine the number of people who will listen to you because they believe in you. Sayang, ‘di ba? Our words are powerful enough to inspire people to believe and do the right thing. Take advantage of that platform, make your words authentic, and let it speak volumes.
And to you, who’s still here, reading until this part of my blog, thank you. For believing in what I do, and for making me believe in myself over and over. Here’s a photo of a cute doggo delivering my love to you. 💘 Stay safe and don’t forget to wash your hands!
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