NEW YORK (MindaNews / 15 September) — Many watch soap operas for a variety of reasons, sometimes to escape reality. For a little while, the mind is taken away from daily problems. Many swoon over love stories, cry over situations characters undergo and wish for happy endings.

I watched the documentary of Faith Hill and Tim McGraw as they toured US cities filling up stadiums everywhere they performed. They looked so happy and one can see the incredible chemistry and love for each other – both on stage and on the road. They have everything one can ever wish for – love, close knit family, fame, beauty, talent, financial security and many more.

I was talking to a co-worker telling her how beautiful, slim and tall Faith is and wished I had her height showing the high heels I have to wear in order to feel tall.

She said she is tall but wished she was not. Nobody wanted to date her because of her height. She ended marrying someone she has no liberty wearing high heels otherwise she will tower over her husband.

She went on to say that other people have it all, we wish for what they have but if we have health and we are alive, these are the reasons we should be grateful for. I cannot disagree with what she said.

September 11, 2018 was the 17th year since the twin towers of New York collapsed known as the 9/11 attack. One show featured a display of the shoes of a woman who was the 18th among the 25 who were the last ones to come out before the last tower fell.

Yes we run for our lives when in danger. We fall on our knees in supplication when those we love fall sick. Beauty fades, wealth disappears, fame loses its glory. When we are confronted with many challenges, love makes things bearable and gives us hope.

We may not have everything but when we have health and love in our lives, we have the essentials and a reason to be grateful every single day.

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!

[MindaViews is the opinion section of MindaNews. Mindanawon Abroad is MindaNews’ effort to link up with Mindanawons overseas who would like to share their experiences in their adopted countries. CarolinaVillanueva Peralta of Kiamba, Sarangani, presently resides in New York but is actively involved in development efforts in Sarangani. She serves as Secretary for two US non-profit organizations whose flagship includes the Organic Seedball Initiative which aims to “eliminate hunger and reclaim our collective future one seed at a time”.
An advocate for sustainable development and care for the environment, she has served in government, the health care industry  and now in education, her first vocation.
She finished her Masters in Development degree at the Asian Institute of Management]