As of this writing, a movie entitled, “Heneral Luna”, is being shown in its 3rd week in Metro Manila cinemas and nationwide. The movie heightened the Filipinos’ sense of patriotism and love for country at the expense of self-interest. I will not dwell on the storyline as this is already part of Philippine history. But to those who do not know “Heneral Luna”, according to Wikipedia, Heneral Antonio Luna was a Filipino general who fought in the Philippine-American War. He was also the founder of the Philippine’s first military academy, which existed during the First Philippine Republic. He was regarded as the most brilliant of the Filipino military officers during the war.
What is poignant in this movie is the quotable quote uttered by no less than the main character, “Heneral Luna”:
“OUR GREATEST ENEMY IS OURSELVES.”
If we want to effect real change in the following, consider these:
- Country. We will have our presidential election next year. If we would like to ensure continuity in the government’s “Daang Matuwid” platform, we should vote for Mar Roxas (not to mention that he is the most qualified among those who declared their intentions to run for the top post). However, if the majority will not vote for the admin bet, our country would tread on a new platform of government. This spells discontinuity and even change. Whether the new government will be successful or not remains to be seen. Call me biased but we cannot leave our country to the hands of someone who is allegedly corrupt; someone whose only claim to fame is her late father who was an icon in the movie industry and still considered an “amateur” in politics. As of this writing, only 3 have formalized their sights on the presidency. Our greatest enemy is ourselves if we will vote based on popularity or what we can get and not based on the candidate’s credentials.
- Health. They say, no pain, no gain. Likewise, no diet, no weight loss.You hear the saying, “everything is permissible but not everything is beneficial”. So, in everything, moderation is key. Unless you start something to take care of your health, as you age, you may find yourself having health problems in the future if you are not conscious of what you eat or do. Our greatest enemy is ourselves if we will not take care of our physical well being. Sometimes, the irony in life is you work so hard to make money while forgetting to prioritize your health. And then when you get sick, you use your hard earned money to pay for your medical bills.
- Sports. I often hear this from basketball coaches. Instead of humbly admitting defeat, the coach will say, “we beat ourselves”. It’s like saying “we are really better than the other team but we did not play hard enough to win”. In a sense, it’s true. The key is practice to perfection. Our greatest enemy is ourselves if we will not practice hard and play our best to win. Victory comes to those who give it their all.
- Money. It’s not uncommon to hear other people say that they don’t have money. Indeed, having an “out of money” experience is a more familiar sight these days. People are quick to get into “get rich-quick schemes” only to discover later that those who got rich quick are the ones who preyed on them. There is an abundance of financial education tips in social media and Financial Advisors are not lacking but no matter the amount of knowledge or learnings you have obtained, if one will not act on the advice of the Financial Advisor, no change will happen. In the end, you will only set yourself up to more risks if you did not plan and prepare well for the future. Our greatest enemy is ourselves if we are stubborn and refused to instill discipline in our financial plans.
- Spiritual. If you trust and obey God, God will bless you. If you have faith in God, God will reward you. If you delight in Him by meditating on His Word day and night, He will give you the desires of your heart. God keeps His promises. He is faithful. God is a God of justice. The Bible says, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” – Galatians 6:7 (NIV). Our greatest enemy is ourselves if we will only believe but do not obey His commandments.
Change has to begin with you. Sometimes, you need a change in mindset, environment or habit to make a drastic change in your life. Do not rely on others to make that change for you.
In context, I would like like to share what Dr. Ben Carson says:
“I began to see that the person who has the most to do with what happens to you is YOU.”