I remember a story my dad shared with me. It’s about his mother (my grandmother) as a little girl.
My grandmother used to live near the sea. Every day, she and her cousins would collect seashells by the shore.
One day, she was left alone while collecting shells. She was so focused on what she was doing that she didn’t notice that she had gone further and further into the ocean.
Soon enough, she realized that she was already far away from the shore but she didn’t know how to get back. She started going toward faraway lights, thinking they were lights from her home. In reality, they were actually lighthouses.
She sank further and further into the ocean.
While panicking, her foot slipped and she almost drowned… but then a hand held her up.
When she looked up, she saw her dead father.
Smiling, he said, “Halika, Pacing. Ihahatid na kita sa bahay.” (“Come with me, Pacing. I’ll take you home.“) The ghost of her father guided her and held her hand until he reached the shore.
When he let go of her hand, she looked up at him and asked why he couldn’t come home with her. He smiled at her warmly and said, “Gustuhin ko man, hindi pwede. Malapit na akong mag-reincarnate. Baka magkita tayo uli… pero iba na katawan ko.” (“I want to stay but I can’t. I’ll be reincarnated soon, and you may see me again… in a different form.”)
I don’t know why this story stuck with me, but it did. I suppose I like the story a lot because it’s about how love never dies. Even in death, your loved ones will live on in your heart and memories.
I like believing that, when my grandmother’s father said that he was being reincarnated, he meant that love takes on many different forms. (Of course, her father was also of Chinese descent and believed in Buddhist principles like reincarnations.)
Her father died but his love did not die with him. It lived on in his children. And his children passed their love onto their children. And so on and so forth.
How comforting it is to imagine that, even when you’re gone from this world, you won’t be truly gone. Believe it or not, your existence affected someone else’s life in both big and small ways.
Without you, the world would be a very different place.
When you give love in this world, it will outlive you. The love you give (not your possessions, your achievements, or your social status) will be what people will remember about you.
So, friends, let’s all spread love to the people around us. You’ll never know what effect you could have on another person’s life.
(Written by: MOVIE GEEK)