When confronted by problems, it’s natural to worry instead of trying to work our way of it.
For Me Tulifau from the village of Lefaga, she knows that worrying is a wasteful emotion and that only hard work matters in this life.
Aged 30, Me spends her days working very hard at the Fugalei market to take care of her family.
“Right now I make my way from Lefaga every morning,” she told the Village Voice.
“The money I make on a day to day basis goes to the children’s schooling. The work I do doesn’t really make much but I still try my best.”
“The thing with me is, no matter how little I get from my work, I know that it’s very important that I stay honest with what I do. Honest work is definitely the best type of work.”
“There is no point in having a lot of money and you are not an honest worker or person; so I like to be happy no matter what amount I get from the Lord. I answer the blessings I get with a smile.”
Me’s strongly believes that the Lord helps those who work to help themselves. “My advice to everyone is, you shouldn’t just pray and ask for things to be given to you,” she said. “You also need to work towards what you want and need. Both prayer and hard work goes hand in hand; you can’t have one and not the other.”
“You cannot expect to want or need money then when you wake up in the morning and just walk around doing nothing. You need to work for it.”
“That’s not how life works; blessings don’t just come raining down from heaven. You have to sweat and move before you receive your blessing. Work honestly and you shall be rewarded.”
Even when faced with the problem of the increasing cost of living, Me remains optimistic.
“I have realized that the cost of living has been rising for a long time now,” she said.
“But that doesn’t mean we should complain about it. The high cost of living just means that we need to work extra hard now to get what we need.”
“If we just sit around and worry about how we will take care of the family or how we will be able to get food then we will get nowhere.”
Even though Me and her family struggles from time to time, she never lets it get in her way of working hard.
“Don’t get me wrong; there are times when I don’t have enough money for the family,” she said.
“Sometimes I have enough to take care of the family and other times I don’t have enough; but I still work hard anyway.”
“I have a plantation that my family relies on when we don’t have any money; it’s another source of food for my family. I just thank the Lord every day for whatever he brings my way.”
“When it comes to my work, I always put in 110per cent of my effort and strength. I do the same when it comes to my spiritual life as well because I know they go well together.”