I always feel guilty when I click the delete button whenever emails, often containing the subject Read This or Please Pass reach my inbox. I do read some, but honestly, I really get annoyed whenever these kinds of emails proliferate terribly. I often get them twice or thrice as someone from an egroup sends it to another egroup of which I am also a member of. [note to reader: I AUTOMATICALLY delete chain letters and friendship letters but still find time to read emails about faith, charity and hope.]
Then why do I fell guilty?
Because at the end of these emails, you’re left with two usual options: (1) to send it or (2) not send it and be condemened by God for the rest of your life. Of course, rather than to bother sending these mails to everybody, I’d rather delete them and save some space for more important emails. But then I realized, just now, the importance of these kinds of emails. And so I’m going to enumerate some of my realizations:
1. These emails are written specifically for us to pass them. Which means that the authors of these emails really think really hard for us to “fall for their bait”. Try making up stories which sound really exciting, sentimental, true-to-life and yet dramatic at the same time…Kudos to the authors!
2. If you’re the one who passes them on, they give you a sense of accomplishment! At least, you’ll have your name on everybody’s inboxes making them feel that you do remember them. Moreover, your name would be included on the ever-so-lengthy pre-body of the mail in one of the Sent by: fields.
3. If you’re the one who deletes them, you too may have the same sense of accomplishment since you might feel that the “chain” has ended on you. Also, you may realize that you have not been “fooled” by anyone (by not passing the email on) thus you feel a little sense of pride (after you let off a sinister laugh of course…)
4. As a very annoying person, you will also feel accomplished as to some of the people whom you have passed will most likely be annoyed to what you have just sent.
5.The bottomline is that these emails keep our egroups alive! If it weren’t for these kinds of emails, the only ones that you’ll be receiving are news, announcements and other boring stuff. Although these emails may have the same subjects, they still give you an excited feeling as you anticipate what the email is all about.
So the next time you stumble upon an email of the like, its up to you if you’ll:
1) Send the message to everybody that you know.
2) Or delete it and act as if it never touched your heart.
Here’s an example of an email which I’ve just received on my imed egroup. I’m deleting this email as of blog time. But to make it up to the author of this merry christmas-y email, I’m posting this here…
Oh well, I guess the guilty feeling still hasn’t got into me.
MERRY CHRISTMAS! 😀
THIS IS AN ACTUAL INCIDENT
On the last day before Christmas, I hurried to go to the supermarket to buy
the remaining of the gift I didn’t manage to buy earlier.
When I saw all the people there, I started to complain to myself:
“It is going to take forever here and I still have so many other places to
“Christmas really is getting more and more annoying every year.How I wish I could just lie down, go to sleep and only wake up after it…”
Nonetheless, I made my way to the toy section, and there I started to curse
the prices, wondering if after all kids really play with such expensive
While looking in the toy section, I noticed a small boy of about 5 years
old, pressing a doll against his chest. He kept on touching the hair of the
doll and looked so sad.
I wondered who this doll was for.
Then the little boy turned to the old woman next to him:
‘Granny, are you sure I don’t have enough money?’
The old lady replied: ‘You know that you don’t have enough money to buy this
doll, my dear.’
Then she asked him to stay there for 5 minutes while she went to look
around. She left quickly. The little boy was still holding the doll in his
Finally, I started to walk towards him and I asked him who he wanted to give
this doll to.
‘It is the doll that my sister loved most and wanted so much for this
Christmas. She was so sure that Santa Claus would bring it to her.’
I replied to him that maybe Santa Claus will bring it to her after all, and
not to worry.
But he replied to me sadly. ‘No, Santa Claus cannot bring it to her where
she is now. I have to give the doll to my mother so that she can give it to her when she goes there.’
His eyes were so sad while saying this.
‘My sister has gone to be with God. Daddy says that Mummy will also go to
see God very soon, so I thought that she could take the doll with her to
give it to my sister.
My heart nearly stopped. The little boy looked up at me and said:
‘I told daddy to tell mummy not to go yet. I asked him to wait until I came
back from the supermarket.’
Then he showed me a very nice photo of him where he was laughing. He then
‘I also want mummy to take this photo with her so that she will not forget
me. I love my mummy and I wish she doesn’t have to leave me but daddy says
that she has to go to be with my little sister.
Then he looked again at the doll with sad eyes, very quietly.
I quickly reached for my wallet and took a few notes and said to the boy.
‘What if we checked again, just in case if you have enough money?’
‘Ok’ he said. ‘I hope that I have enough.’
I added some of my money to his without him seeing and we started to count it.
There was enough for the doll, and even some left over. The little boy said:
‘Thank you God for giving me enough money’
Then he looked at me and added:
‘I asked yesterday before I went to sleep for God to make sure I have enough
money to buy this doll so that mummy can give it to my sister.
He heard me.
I also wanted to have enough money to buy a white rose for my mummy, but
didn’t dare to ask God too much. But He gave me enough to buy he doll and
the white rose.’
‘You know, my mummy loves white roses’ A few minutes later, the old lady
came back again and I left with my trolley.
I finished my shopping in a totally different state from when I started.
I couldn’t get the little boy out of my mind.
Then I remembered a local newspaper article 2 days ago, which mentioned of a
drunk man in a truck who hit a car where there was one young lady and a
The little girl died right away, and the mother was left in a critical
The family had to decide whether to pull the plug on the life-assisting
machine, because the young lady would not be able to get out of the coma.
Was this the family of the little boy?
Two days after this encounter with the little boy, I read that the young
lady had passed away.
I couldn’t stop myself and went to buy a bunch of white roses and I went to
the mortuary where the body of the young woman was exposed for people to see
and make last wish before burial.
She was there, in her coffin, holding a beautiful white rose in her
hand with the photo of the little boy and the doll placed over her chest.
I left the place crying, feeling that my life had been changed forever.
The love that this little boy had for his mother and his sister is still, to
this day, hard to imagine.
And in a fraction of a second, a drunk man had taken all this away from him.
- enjoy na naman ang FCH101! I’m now even starting to think of a career in Community Medicine thanks to Dr. Cordero who has described how our country is badly in need (haha! Maan, in needS! bwahaha!) of more community oriented doctors. Bah…challenge na naman for us!
- I still have much to read on Zoo 30 lab. Kainis.
- Matutuloy na ata ang PalarongMed semi’s this saturday but I think I can’t make it since I have a previous engagement already.
- Sadly, i won’t be able to watch my classmates on TRP night. This might be one of the things that I would be regretting later in life…hehe. :
- Samahan niyo akong mag-enroll sa gym! Waah! Sarado na yung dating gym na pinupuntahan ko…yung next na atang pinakamalapit ay yung Slimmer’s World sa PanPacific. Mahala ata dun…nyar. Saan pa ba pwede?
- STS really sucks! Puchaaa…todo readings! To exeplify how many readings we have, we actually have the soft copies of the readings, naka HTML and/or Word Document format sila…and chenen!!! Guess what the total size of the whole package? 62MB! MEGABYTES yan a…as in approximately 1,000 kb! hay…God help us!
- It really makes me smile whenever I remeber how Prof. Co said “veygital”. What she meant was vegital refering to the vegital pole of the zygot, ahem, I mean zygote. Bwahehe…
Here are some kulitan pictures of me and my little cousins. 😀 Kyuut namin no?