awakening is the recognition that you're not
moving forward…that you are not living
your best life. That's the moment to rejoice."
the night of October 20, 2005, I started writing
again to heed this humbling call. I am overwhelmed
by a sense of spiritual being. Somehow, my shame
and vulnerability have been swept away by a
new sense of sincere appreciation for what these
frailties have truly given to my whole being.
I know in my heart that my guiding Angel is
with me in this journey as I write this book.
Now at 50, I still believe
that my Angel has always been here protecting
and guiding me. My barefooted soul wants to
reach out to others who have been hurt by their
loved ones and share that there is infinite
hope awaiting all who have the courage to face
up to life’s trials.
In the midst of my hurried
life, I eagerly whisper to the wind every now
and then. How I hope to fill the barefooted
minds of less fortunate young children so they
will discover life’s possibilities as
I did. I smile to immigrants I meet along the
busy streets of DC, give a little something
to a homeless guy, and wish him a better life.
I am heartbroken and disturbed about the war
going on in Iraq and natural disasters that
have touched people’s lives.
But I am only one person who
cannot take this whole world and change it as
I envision it. It’s a tall order no one
human being can take on, but certainly God can.
In our own little way, I believe we can also
make a difference.
Through this book and despite
my imperfect world, I hope this new day in my
life will be an opportunity to share that we
have the power to change the course of our lives
and our world – if we can think it, we
can achieve it. It is up to us to turn the barefooted
soul inside of us as an opportunity to define
who we are as individuals and as people. It
can be a moving force that destroys our own
self and world, or it can be a positive energy
that moves our spirit to unimaginable places
where we can finally see the highest points
in our lives and in our world.
The Barefooted Soul transforms
my one’s dark secrets into a source of
reflection, fuels strength from within me to
break away from being a maid to life’s
daily syndrome of pain, stress, and misery,
to finding the ONE higher purpose that will
fill my inner soul.
Despite tragic and sad stories
woven in this book, please allow me to share
with you how I overcame them. In so doing, someone
out there may learn from my difficult past.
It is my innermost desire to tell you the most
important lessons my life has to offer.
Despite the chain of poverty
that impoverished the lives of my brothers, sisters
and next generation siblings, I was blessed to
have the love of my parents and the good hearts
of my family who humbled me with their resilience,
patience and endurance. It was the same core values
that helped me overcome life’s challenges
and made me who I am today.
Despite being college educated
and having a great professional career in the
Philippines, when I arrived in this country
as an immigrant, I started all over again making
meager wages as a babysitter and a maid. Through
my labor of love and against all odds, I was
able to prove that America is truly a land of
opportunity. It is a place where I have reached
the pinnacle of my career and have met wonderful
friends and colleagues who have nourished our
lives with the blessings of friendship, learning
and human dignity.
So today, I heed to the Angel
of the barefooted soul and continue my journey
in true thanksgiving. This book is an expression
of love to my Guardian Angel that gave me the
infinite spirit to carry on. It is to all the
other angels in my life who have touched my
very soul. Thank you to those who lifted my
heart along the way.
Through this book I wish to
share the greatness of God in my life’s
trials and tribulations. It is a legacy to the
Angel that gave hope, strength and courage to
my once frail spirit. It is about my angel,
my soul-defining moments, and reaching a perfect
state of mind where I can truly say I am finally
May the stories, moments, and
the angel that guided my barefooted soul touch
someone in the same way it touched my own life.
May it inspire all immigrants seeking a new
life and opportunities and in the end find abundance
in their own lives. May it heal a woman or someone
in pain as it healed mine. May our family’s
journey touch one child, mother and family at
a time, and at the end may it have touched millions
of barefooted souls!