COUNCIL FOR THE RESTORATION OF FILIPINO VALUES (CRFV)
Civil Service Commission Accredited Learning and Development Institute
Humor and joyfulness will not be savored if one did not pass through difficult times. In fact, the real meaning of joyfulness won’t be realized if all that a person experiences are good times. Joyfulness is real when it is felt amidst difficult and trying circumstances. Humor, on the other hand, is relative. Anyone could be humorous in any circumstance, good or bad.
Time and again, it has been said that joyfulness transcends the natural. It goes beyond the factual situation that our five senses can perceive. It is never dependent on outward circumstances. It finds beauty in the midst of ashes. Joyfulness, in the real sense goes beyond humor. Humor, as they say, could be a cloak for the hurting; in no case can joyfulness be. Joyfulness is real; it can never be faked or staged for the sake of public image. Either it is there or not.
If one reads the times and turn-around of events in the Philippines as a nation, one would mourn upon the realization of the situations we faced. With all the issues of impeachment, corruption, power struggle, riots and the like, the Filipino people have gone through a roller coaster of good and bad events. However in the midst of all these, why are Filipinos joyful? Amidst the inundated streets and overflowing riverbanks, why do we see Filipino children behind the news anchors smiling as if the reported flood was nothing to worry about? It is because Filipinos know how to be abased and how to prosper. Having been through a lot of trying times, we learned to be joyful in the midst of trials, knowing that these circumstances will soon pass and that rainbow will follow after the rain.
The Philippines is a nation in transition. In the midst of that transition, we expect a lot of things to happen, whether good or bad. No matter what may pass, we have to keep being joyful. Having the eyes of faith, we start to see that all things work together for good. With joyfulness in our hearts, we look beyond the natural and start seeing a new Philippines, the soul of Asia, a hope for all, a haven for all. If we keep ourselves blameless and joyful in the midst of all these trials, God will Fill our mouths with laughter, and our lips with a shout of joy.
“a joyғυl нearт ιѕ good мedιcιne, вυт a crυѕнed ѕpιrιт drιeѕ υp тнe вoneѕ.” proverвѕ 17:22
What a week to talk about the value of humor and joyfulness when the war against COVID-19 is still at its peak. But as Mahatma Gandhi once said that ‘joy lies in the fight, in the attempt, in the suffering involved, not in the victory itself’, this is then a perfect time to reflect on this value. Likewise, Saint Paul mentioned that he was overflowing with joy in spite of all afflictions knowing that suffering develops endurance, and endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.
The current global health crisis has affected a lot of countries, and the Philippines is not an exemption. Undoubtedly, the resiliency of Filipinos has been put to a challenge. COVID-19 did not only adversely affect the health of our citizenry but also siphoned the economic vitality. Such major downturn in different aspects of life, which requires a new normal way of living, could affect the psychosocial wellbeing of anyone. Yet, amidst crisis, the Filipinos’ remarkable ability to laugh remains a significant strength which reflects our flexibility, resiliency and tenacity as a nation to face various kinds of problems.
The ability to rise from any catastrophe is not simple nonetheless. It cannot just be easily sustained by entertainment, recreational activities, and any outside forces. It must be an inner capacity that generates strength, enthusiasm, zeal, and physical energy. We call this joy rather than happiness. While happiness is dependent on external triggers like other people, activities, and things, joy is a state of mind and an orientation of the heart as described by Theopedia . It is an inner, deep-seated gladness that keeps us composed, calm and collected regardless of the situation.
If we have joy in our hearts, it will naturally produce the creativity for humor to take place. Such kind of humor does not thrive in sarcasm nor make others a laughingstock as a form of entertainment just like what we commonly see on some TV shows and even on social media. A humor that springs up from a joyful heart generates a laughter that lightens the atmosphere at home or at work and gladdens the heart of the people. Also, the presence of joy nurtures wholeness, healing and vigor in our physical and psychosocial wellbeing, which reminds us of a proverb that states ‘a joyful heart is good medicine and a crushed spirit dries up the bones’.
It is then important to develop the value of humor and joyfulness knowing that it brings health benefits and makes us bouyant amidst untoward circumstances. But one may wonder how could this be real. Such joy can only be found in having a right relationship with God, within yourself and with others.
Going back to the words of Mahatma Gandhi and Saint Paul, it appears that joy grows best in the midst of troubles. So as we face another week, regardless of the situation we are in, let this value be evident in us.
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CRFV was recently appointed as the implementing Civil Society Organization of the Values Restoration Program (Civil Service Commission Announcement No. 40 s. 2013) empowering the organization to deliver its advocacy to all Constitutional Bodies, Departments, Bureaus and National Government Agencies (NGAs); Local Government Units (LGUs); Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs) with original charters; and State Universities and Colleges (SUCs).
There is a nationwide launching and discussion of a common value each week.
The Council for the Restoration of Filipino Values (CRFV) is a non-government organization (NGO) dedicated to the effort in transforming the Filipino public servant and the local government leadership to subscribe to the Code of Ethics and Values that shall provide our nation, the Philippines, with righteous, incorruptible, and sincere service towards a graft free society through the help and guidance of the word of GOD consistent to the exemplary life of our Lord Jesus Christ.