Nothing hurts more than being disappointed by the person you thought would never hurt you. As difficult as it may seem, you can always choose to let go, move on, and start over. What little strength you think you may have can bring you wonders and blessings if you only let it. This is exactly the story of a certain Brian Laurence, who was originally from New Zealand. At the age of 61, he runs a small business selling vegetables in Kidapawan that he himself grows. Things, however, were not always so good for the old man. He shared his story with a netizen, Joy Dondan, who posted it on Facebook. The post has since garnered 39,000 reactions and 44,477 shares.
In her post, Joy told the story of Brian. Brian first came to the Philippines eight years ago to meet a friend whom he met through social media. After a while, their friendship blossomed into a relationship. However, Brian noticed that his lover wanted something else from him. Little by little, she siphoned his money. She told him that she was investing in a business for them, and that the house they were living in was also bought with his money. Brian found out a little too late that none of this was true. They had no investment in any business, and the house they were staying in was apparently only being leased to them. He was soon evicted for failure to pay rent. Brian also found out that his girlfriend was not really a woman, but rather, a man. By that time, he could no longer locate her. With no friends or relatives here in the Philippines, Brian’s future seemed bleak.
However, the New Zealand citizen did not let his misfortunes get the better of him. Instead, he chose to live here and start anew. With the help of some friends that he has made in Kidapawan, Brian Laurence started his own small business of growing crops and selling them. He usually goes door to door to sell them, and always makes friends with his new customers. The netizen who posted his story encouraged everyone to buy vegetables from Brian as they are guaranteed fresh and organic. In a video that accompanied the post, a woman can be seen buying a lot of ginger from Brian.
When asked why he did not go to his embassy to ask for help so he could return home, Brian Laurence said that he does not want to leave the Philippines yet.
As a final note, the netizen then reminded everyone that no matter how big one’s problems may be, one can always overcome it as long as one chooses to.
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