Filipinos in the Philippines were besieged by different disturbing news this week. First, there was the car-napping group that kills their victim, and then there was the EDSA Bus Bombing news that as of this writing already killed 5 people, and on that same day there was also the Moscow Airport Bombing. These are sad, disturbing news and at first I thought I shouldn’t even write about it so as not to immerse myself and my readers in such a negative story.
However, the story about Oprah’s half-sister is a testament that how we react to something is proof that it’s us who makes a story good or bad. While we cannot totally forget about the brutality of the stories I just mentioned, in the long run its us who decides whether we will chose to learn from it and make it to something positive or not.
I say this because the story about Oprah’s half-sister reminds me of a story of a friend who recently found out that she has a half-brother and half-sister. As expected she and her other siblings’ first reaction was to get angry, this is only natural. However, after 8 years they, except for one sibling, remain angry about what they say is a cruel joke on them. They even went as far as accusing the half-siblings of wanting to take part in the wealth that their father has left them, this is despite of the fact that they didn’t try to get a single centavo from their father and even returned the properties that was rightfully theirs by law. The half-siblings are now very successful entrepreneurs and look forward to having a good relationship with my friend’s family. They said they’re taking it one step at a time and is hopeful which is boost by the fact that they’re now in good terms with the brother of my friend.
You see, both families were put in the same boat and both decided to react differently. I’m happy for Oprah and Patricia, her half-sister, because they choose to make it a good news. But more than that I admire Patricia’s integrity by refusing a one million dollar deal from a tabloid because all she wants is a relationship with her family.