Naghalf rice ka na ba?

Kung hindi pa, simulan mo na.

Papayat ka daw? Tipid pa?

When I was in college, there was a hole in the wall eatery near the university.

You could order half rice and save some money.

What I did not understand were students who ordered two (2) half rice instead of 1 cup.

Then, I looked at the measuring cup of the half rice. It was a slight bigger.

I thought everyone knew it because it was so popular.

I asked the owner why. He answered it was his way of giving back.

Part of his goodwill gesture to students who can’t afford to pay a cup of rice.

A small ripple of kindness that resonated in my heart.


Rice to the challenge. A reminder to always make a difference. (Photo credit to the owner.)

Here is my A Dose of Ramedy today:

Find a way to give back. Big or small. Make a difference like in this story below.

Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the vast beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions.

Off in the distance, the old man noticed a small boy approaching.  As the boy walked, he paused every so often and as he grew closer, the man could see that he was occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea.  The boy came closer still and the man called out, “Good morning!  May I ask what it is that you are doing?”

The young boy paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves,” the youth replied. “When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.”

The old man replied, “But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really be able to make much of a difference.”

The boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the ocean. Then he turned, smiled and said, “It made a difference to that one!”

Adapted from The Star Thrower, by Loren Eiseley (1907 – 1977)

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