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It is often recited in self-help circles “to always move forward and never look back.” Although I understand this philosophies intent, I believe that reflecting on past experiences can provide great insights and growth.

While on Bantaya Island one year ago after typhoon #Yolanda hit, I constantly heard the loud buzz of chainsaws, machetes and hand saws cutting all of the destroyed coconut trees.

This boy who was not much older then my own son was responsible for spraying oil on the moving chainsaws to keep them from over-heating. Dangerous, hot and work that a seemed to age him as I watched.

I could not image how it must have felt to loose everything and yet have no choice but to start rebuilding from the devastation that was left behind.