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i don’t have to

Or I could decide I won’t.

I eat when you’re hungry.

I stop talking when I have to listen to you.
I answer when you need to know something.
I don’t argue when you believe you’re right.
I hurry when you want it right away.
I wait when you’re not done.
I do it when you want me to.

I have to because it pleases you.


I don’t have to.
Because I don’t have to.

So I won’t.


How valuable are you?

In this world defined by numbers, everything is counted, measured, and labeled.

With single or multiple digits, even or odd, having exponents or subscripts combined with corresponding units, everything is thus quantified. As for quantities unknown, letters are used as representations. These, together with other symbols comprise a formula to solve for some sought after amount; there is one for almost anything, both concrete and abstract. Such are rules that answer questions like when, how many, or how much, and illustrate relationships between things to show us that everything can be, if not precisely calculated, reckoned.

When everyone else’s worth is determined by figures, appraisals of altitude or depth, size or reach, weight or volume, which are interpreted into graphs to further compare and emphasize inequalities, what have you to say about yourself?

Do you believe that who you are, what you have, and what you are capable of can be defined by numbers? How?

How much is the joy in your laughter, the pain in your grief, the honor in your pride, or the fear in your anxiety?

How big is your compassion; how short is your patience? How heavy is your silence; how high is your truth? How narrow is your ideology; how deep is your love?

How many risks have you taken and lessons have you learned from your failures that made you strive to succeed? How far will the endurance of your faith, the strength of your determination and the intensity of your passion take you?

How long ago did your past start? How long will your present last? How long before your future arrives?

How real is your imagination; how fake is your reality?

How valuable do you think you are?

Is that quantifiable?

Go figure.

magsalamin ka

magsalamin ka.

…nang makita ang harapan,

at saka pag-isipan

kung ito ba’y nagugustuhan.

tanawin ang paru-paro sa malayo,

maligaya kaya kung saan dumapo?

at ang mataas na puno,

nakakabangon ba sa pagkayuko?

itong palalong ibon naman,

lumalakad ba sa tamang tawiran?

magsalamin ka.

…nang makita at harapin

ang tunay na damdamin

at ang sarili, kilalanin.

ipagmalaki mga ideyang nagbabaga,

at sa bubwit habaan ang pasensya.

labing-walo sa labing-walo,

kamusta ang mga paa mo?

sa labing-walong kakakwento,

bilangin ang mga natuto.

magsalamin ka.

tingnan mo,

pagmasdan mo.

apatnapu mo.