Where did your name originate, like how did your parent(s) choose to name you? This was a question that has been popping-up lately in conversations, which is the reason I decided to do a topic on this. I have been asked this many times what is my full name and what it means. I’m always excited to share this as it’s very meaningful and personal to me. Before I share this answer, I would like to bring up the history of names. I found this great site…
Origins and Meaning of Names, from mayrand.org “…Historically, names have served as a fingerprint of life, perhaps a basic clue to one’s personality. Knowledge of naming practices in our ancestral country of origin can help us trace our respective families back to a village or a place, tell us their occupation, or it can give us an idea about what our ancestors looked like..
That is what I did one day. I searched my last name “Monteagudo”, which originates in Spain. This is where my great-grandparents immigrated from to the Philippines. It means “pointed” (agudo) “mountain” (monte) according to ancestry.com.
People ask how I got my first name, which is Salvador (sal for short)! I told them that my parents got it from a Catholic Calender (see other Philippine Baby Names) in the Philippines, which they have names for each day throughout the year. I saw this as a kid and thought it was cool. I hold dearly the meaning of my name, which is “savior” (see wikipedia & babynamesworld.parentsconnect.com). I don’t deserve the capital “S” in “savior” as that belongs to Jesus Christ Himself, who is the true “Savior“!
With this, do you think your name serves a purpose or destiny in your life? What do you feel is yours?
Why do we tend to stereotype particular racial or ethnic groups? First of all, I don’t believe there are different races, but just one race and that’s they human race. It’s a “jargon” or social mainstream to group each other because of the “status quo”. The danger of grouping each other is we then don’t look at each other as unique individuals. For example, “one” negative experience with a particular racial or ethnic group can can an individual to “negatively stereotype” a particular group. I decided to write on this topic after attending a local community meeting on ways we can service or “reach out” to a particular ethnic group in our area. A community member shared how a landlord verbally told him that he won’t rent to any “(ethnic-group)”. People in the meeting look shocked, but I and some others were not as we’ve heard this before. It happens everywhere unfortunately. Here are some stories, but these are just some of my own personal experiences. In high school there was the Persian Gulf War going on in Iraq. A so-called “friend” jokingly told me I look like the enemy. Yeah, it was a joke, but as a teenager-this remark kind of affected me for years. I was then reminded of this after 9-11 (10th Anniversary was just yesterday ironically). Living in this small rural college town, ethnic minorities like me can easily be group and stereotype negatively. When 9-11 happened, I was very self-conscious. I decided to stay home for awhile and not wanting to go out if I didn’t have to because I was afraid of being a “victim” from an ignorant “backlash” or “retaliation”. I heard of reports where a guy wearing a “turban” got attacked somewhere down south. After hearing of this story, I got a little fear of this happening to me. This is from past racial discrimination experiences (see GoodnewsEverybody.com Issues-Racism, Racist, Prejudice, Discrimination, Bigotry, etc..). Years later after 9-11, I still get that “stereotype” that “I look like the enemy”. Unfortunately, I’ve heard it from people that are almost close to me. A good friend’s step-daughter once told me-“Sal, you look like a terrorist” very bluntly while I was taking a walk-stroll with the family. I then heard this from a “close family kid”! If kids say this, I can’t imagine what older “people” think!! I also have been mistakenly identified with other racial groups, like: “Mexican”, “Italian”, “African-American”, and many other “Asian ethnic groups”. I’ve learned to “capitalize” on this positively as being a peacemaker between different groups in the community.
What now? What can we learn from this? I’ve learned many people’s ignorant biased remarks come from their environment (e.g. media, family, frioends, etc…). We just need to learn now to get “negatively” influenced by others around us and learn how to think for ourselves. Also, after this community meeting last week. I thought of my Biblical knowledge…
“We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.”–2 Corinthians 10:12
, which has really helped me deal with “labeling” by others and not get “mad”. I’ve learned to be patient with understanding of individuals that ignorantly make derogatory remarks. In fact, experiences like this motivates me more on what I”m currently doing in “educating” others and finding ways to “combat” this with love and knowledge->understanding one another. Lastly, we tend to hold bitterness against one another and I feel one of the ways to deal with this is we need to forgive one another.
Here is just some scenarios of American history of the need of forgiveness. The “white” man came and “colonize” the US “killing-off” the Native American Indians. American Indians can hate the “white man” for this. However, over generations, both “races” have been mixed. It’s the same thing with me. My great grandparent is from Spain, whose country “colonized” the Philippines in the 1500’s. Well, I can’t blame the “Spainards” because I’m part Spanish. Then the “American” came and took over the Philippines after the “Spanish American War” around 1900. However, the “Americans” helped the Philippines from getting “taken over” by the Japanese during WWII. What I’m trying to get is that we’ve had a lot of world history and mixing around. We need to learn how to get along with one another as we are one global community-family. One planet!
Here is a movie I highly recommend relating to this blog. Thanks for reading and would love to hear any feedback (e.g. similar experiences, stories, suggestions on what we can do as a society, etc..)…
I live in an area in St. Paul where there is always some guy holding-up a sign or just standing there for a “handout’. I always feel convicted or “bad” when I passed them in my “comfortable” Toyota Corolla driving by. I was in the cities for a week vacation in the end of August (see month’s highlights) and I decided I wanted to something about this before I head back to Morris (we never see any people standing on the corners “begging” for a “helping hand”). I loaded my backpack with extra water bottles and had some food that I can give away in my trunk of my car. Well, as I was doing some errands before heading off on I-94 west to Morris, I did see a “homeless” guy. I then drove to the right side of the road and parked it with my “flashers” on. As I got out of my car, I see a police car coming my way. I didn’t worry as I felt I had some good intentions and thought I was legally parked. Well, I crossed the street to the “homeless guy”. I approached him with a bag of bread rolls and a “fresh” bottle of water. I then introduced myself and explained why I stopped. I told him as a Christian, I wanted to help him. I told him the quick saying “You give a man a fish and it’ll last a day, but if I teach you how to fish-it’ll last a lifetime”. I then pointed to my bread and water, which I told him this will last for a meal or a day. I then gave him a Bible tract (Mana-Bread is the Word…), which I explained to him that this will help you for a life-time. I was worried about parked car on the side of the road, so I told him I have to go and encouraged him by saying God loves him. His name was Ernest. As I went into my car, I noticed him looking back at me with peace and I drove off praying for Ernest as I headed down the entry ramp going west on I-94.
Man Offers To Buy Homeless Man Coffee, But Helps Change His Life Instead… Stefan Armitage viralthread.com “…Adam’s story begins just like many of our mornings do; on his usual run to the nearby Starbucks for a cup of coffee. However, outside the store, something had always played on Adam’s mind, and after weeks of regularly swallowing his guilt, Adam decided to act…..
“…Adam’s words express his anger at the system; “We’ve all heard someone say ‘why don’t they just get a job?’ or ‘they’re lazy.’ I saw firsthand how the “system” is set up to fail people like Tarec. There is no way he would have been able to do any of this without my help. Just like there are many things in my life I have needed someone to help me overcome an obstacle. We all need a little help.”…. Tech sales rep lands homeless man a job at Safeway Updated:Feb 02 2017 08:07PM PST ktvu.com “…”I didn’t have somewhere I could rest my head at night, where I could clean up and smell properly, represent myself on the job. From there it went back down,” he said.
The lesson August says he learned: Sometimes it takes more than a job to get out of homelessness.
He has set up a Gofundme page to raise money so Tarec can get an apartment, then perhaps a job.
“If you don’t have a home it is build anything on top of that,” August said.
“I am very optimistic to see something change in my situation,” said Tarec.
ACTION: Spread the Love #Tarecsfreshstart gofundme.com “..He still lives in a tent next to highway 101 in Marin City. The rain has made life even tougher for Tarec. He still spends most of his days alone or hanging out at Starbucks. The employees and customers treat him well. It’s hard not to. The warmth in this guy’s heart is palpable.
As for the job. Safeway did indeed offer Tarec a job and we celebrated that news with ice cream. I thought we had a happy ending and a new beginning for Tarec. I was wrong. I failed and I truly apologize if anyone feels misled. With that said, TOGETHER we have an opportunity to write a happy ending and give Tarec a new shot at life.
In retrospect, I didn’t fully understand the impossible nature of having and keeping a job with no place to call home. In an effort to find Tarec a home, I visited Homeward Bound and met with their executive director, Mary Kay Sweeney, a real life angel. She taught me “a healthy home is the foundation for a prosperous life”.
We’ve come full circle.
Tarec is still homeless and jobless, but not hopeless. And because of YOU neither am I. I can’t emphasize this enough. The thousands of comments and messages I have received over the past few months has inspired me to finish what I started. Change a man’s life. Now with thousands of my closest friends, we can accomplish that together.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your kindness and support.
“Life is hard. Be nice to people.” – Alex Rayburn
“Be the change you wish to see.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Here is how the $25,000 will be used:
$10,000 – $12,000: 12 months of rent pre-paid
$1,000 – $2,000: turns a house/appt. into a home
$1,500 – $2,000: 12 months of utility bills
$1,000 – $1,500: groceries, clothes, and spending money
The additional $8,000+ will be placed into a checking/savings account under Tarec’s name…”
2.18.17- $13,783 of $25k goal
Raised by 353 people in 17 days
Higher Cost of Living
-> Los Angeles
Many US Cities With High Rents See High Homeless Population
Priced out: L.A.’s hidden homeless
High rents force some in Silicon Valley to live in vehicles
•Aug 20, 2016
Faced with some of the most expensive rental housing in the nation, some Bay Area residents are feeling priced out and are seeking low-cost alternatives. In Silicon Valley, a hub of computer and technology companies, some people are even turning to cars, vans and RVs for housing. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Joanne Elgart Jennings has the story.
Couple living in Google’s parking lot
Hawaii highest homeless population per capita
-Handed out these Christmas cookies to this guy the weekend (12.21.19) before Christmas. This was located along the I-94 exit ramp coming from the 3M Global HQ’s going south to McKnight (diagonally across the Double Tree Hotel along the St. Paul-Maplewood “city” limits border..Thanks Linda (from Norway) for the reminder to inspire me to write this!
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