Photo Credit: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Yesterday’s fight was indeed a great win for Manny and the Filipino people. I am always appreciative of how it unites us as a nation. Quoting what Quest said after the fight, “Manny, I truly believe THIS IS WHAT YOU’RE MEANT TO DO. Not basketball, not politics. When you’re in the ring we’re united. When you fight, we shine.. When you win, we find hope. This is why millions of people look up to you. Its an honor, Sir!”

But what inspired me more was not the win but how he responded to Max Kellerman’s question about the much awaited Pacquiao-Mayweather fight if it’s ever going to push through. He responds with a cheerful attitude saying, “He’s going to fight me? Yes! Yes!” quoting his line from Foot Locker’s recent commercial on “Week of Greatness.”

The book of Proverbs says, “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” (Prov. 17:22)

Thanks Manny. You make us proud. And you make us laugh.

And to all of us, I pray that as we start this week, we will continue to approach life with cheer and joy for the joy of the Lord is our strength.

Here’s the Foot Locker commercial followed by the Max Kellerman interview.

 

 

 

 

Many of us have been touched by the life of Dolphy in one way or another.

From John and Marsha to Home Along Da Riles and everything else in between, watching and listening to him has been an absolute joy.

Why has he touched so many lives?

Proverbs tells us that, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.” (Proverbs 17:22)

Laughter plays a major role in our lives.

“A day without laughter is a day wasted.” (Charlie Chaplin)
“If we couldn’t laugh we would all go insane.” (Robert Frost)
“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.” (Charles Dickens)
“The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.” (Mark Twain)
“It is cheerful to God when you rejoice or laugh from the bottom of your heart.” (Martin Luther King Jr.)
“You have as much laughter as you have faith.” (Martin Luther)

But ultimately, it is God, the source of all joy, who brings laughter and cheer to our hearts. The Bible says that “He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.” (Job 8:21)

The end result? It actually brings God glory.

“Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” (Psalm 126:2)