A huge percentage of my guests here have the goal of moving to the Philippines “someday”. Typically those who haven’t made the move yet fall into three main groups:
The “Never Happen” Group
- 0.1 The “Never Happen” Group
- 0.2 “Someday It Will Happen” Group
- 0.3 The Make It Happen Now Group
- 0.4 How On Earth Can We Do That, Dave?
- 0.5 Closer Knit Families:
- 0.6 Respectful Children:
- 0.7 Lower Cost Of Living:
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For some of you. “Someday” will never come, because you are not really to make any move and never will be .. your hobby is planning and researching and “thinking” about things.
Well I won’t chastise you for that, as long as you are happy. (and as long as you realize that the “mental masturbation” of planning, researching and planning yet again is never as good as the “real thing”).
“Someday It Will Happen” Group
These are the guys and gals who have a real reason, other than analysis paralysis, for staying home and sitting out the dance for some period of time. When they can get their ducks in a row, they will go. More power to them, I try to help people in this group as much as possible realize their goals as soon as they can. And yes, you could say I even push them when possible, because in more than 10 years of doing this work, I find the number one mistake I have seen, by far, is waiting too long.
The Make It Happen Now Group
These are the folks I want to talk to today. Doesn’t really matter if you can actually “make the move” physically today, but if you think you are going to enjoy living in the Philippines, why not bring the Philippines to you, right now today, there in sunny Melbourne (Melbourne, Florida or Melbourne, South Derbyshire or Melbourne, Victoria) or where ever you happen to be planted now.
How On Earth Can We Do That, Dave?
I hear you asking, and I have an answer or two. Think about this. Why do you even want to move to the Philippines?
here are some very common reasons I hear often:
Closer Knit Families:
That’s easy. Start living with your families they way Filipinos do back in the Philippines. Are you close to your brothers and sisters and cousins? No? Well what is sto0pping you from reaching out today? We have these things called telephones. We have great social tools like FaceBook. Have you made a family page or a private Yahoo Group and started including everyone in daily chismis. sharing trials, tribulations and triumphs.
Not long ago a close relative passed away and I was kind of shocked at how some of her children behaved. They are Filipino bred and born, yet because they moved some time ago to another country, you would think it was just another tired old lady in a Florida nursing home who died, essentially alone, and now there is tremendous bickering and infighting over house and belongings and other useless, physical “things”.
Is there an elderly matriarch or patriarch in your family now? Who is with him or her, who talks to him or her every day? Are you taking care of plans for the inevitable so that were the elder passes there will be peace and honor and memories shared, or will there be a bunch of piranha in a feeding frenzy over the meager remains?
If your family is operating dysfunctionally, it won’t work any better in the Philippines … so you can bring that part of the Philippines home to wherever you are living, today. All it takes is some love, patience and understanding … no passports or airline tickets needed.
This is another big plus factor to me. I am awed and honored every day at how my nieces and nephews treat me, and their parents. And how dedicated they are to school. This does not happen by chance, folks, it happens because parents and other elders go out of their way to teach their young, even when they are tied and it is much easier to “go with the flow”. Also children model on the behavior they see. When their parents are respectful and caring of the grandparents and other older family members, guess what? Children learn by example.
Can you offer guidance to your children without a “battle royale” in the family? Are you even capable of saying “no” without getting and “F-U” as a response? If you aren’t confident in your answers, then you already know a big part of Philippines culture you can start working on in your own home, today. Again, no travel or expense required … just a sense of responsibility and the willingness to take responsibility.
Lower Cost Of Living:
Guess what? If you move to the Philippines, your cost of living will probably be lower. Perhaps dramatically lower. But do you have to move to make that happen today, right now, where you currently live? I say no.
Rather than bore you with a lot of my own blather, I thought I would pass on a very interesting article that could really change your life, if you let it. Please go now and read:
You’ll notice right away that the article is comparing two families, one living in the US (as so many of you are now, and a very similar family living in Mexico. Don’t let Mexico throw you off, one could go though the article with a word processor, change all the Mexican references to the Philippines and the article would still be just as true … even the prices and salaries are very comparable here in the Philippines today, in the year 2013.
The whole point is not where the two families are liivng, but the way they are living .. WITHIN THEIR MEANS in the case of the family in Mexico. You CAN choose to live that way right now today, in the USA … but the vast majority of those of you who rad this chose not to.
It isn’t a question of what you CAN do, it’s a question of what you WILL do.
Read T.W.’s article and watch his video. And decide for yourself if you want to live an illusion or if you want to bring reality into your life, no matter where you live.