Sunday, March 29, 2020

Healthcare Frontliner's Fight and Flight


We are all fighting an invisible enemy. This has caused us fear and panic due to our vulnerability and uncertainty.

The COVID-19 pandemic is something to be scared of. While we are being optimistic in general, still it doesn't remove the anxiety we experience. It is spreading faster and many people are getting infected and dying everyday.

The young and the old; celebrities and the ordinary people; the rich and the poor are suffering. No one seem spared. We are affected physically, mentally, socially, politically and economically.

Our physical movement is restricted due to isolation and strict home quarantine directive by the Government, thus causes discomfort, irritability, confusion and anger. The Government assures their people of food relief and financial aid to those affected by community lockdown. Some people are anxious of their financial instability, thinking how they will be able to survive the crisis. The ripple of untoward effect and worst-case scenario is evident. 

For the general public, one thing that is being told to follow is to 'stay at home' to prevent getting infected. This is already a heroic act that we can contribute for the epidemic to be contained.


Some people may not be able to fully understand the call for home quarantine and physical or social distancing protocol. The reason why our medical frontliners are calling our attention with the message 'I stay at work for you, please stay at home for us' which seem like a very simple message, but with a sincere and heartfelt plea to us.

Some of us may defy that simple yet meaningful message of our Healthcare frontliners, the reason why we lost some of them. They keep on fighting for our precious lives and more so the lives of those under their care already. Whenever they treat a positive COVID-19 patient, they are already risking their lives.

To date, several doctors globally have passed away while doing a heroic act of saving lives. More nurses and hospital personnel are not giving up, although they are already exhausted and stressed. They keep on fighting and having the will to live just to protect us and save as many lives as possible.


In 2016, I had the opportunity to be of service to the frontline health workers of 'The Medical City Iloilo' where I managed the frontliners in several units like Patient Education, Information and Customer Service. I have worked with the Doctors, Nurses and Non-medical support staff in terms of Patient Partnership Experience.

I am grateful for the opportunity to impart "Transforming Patient Partnership" with the Clinical Supervisors and Head Nurses of the Medical City Iloilo. As the healthcare institution is moving forward, we have aimed to develope high-performing teams capable of working in a highly challenging situation.

We also strengthened our Patient Partnership intervention through Effective Communications in Healthcare, Personal Development in Healthcare, Stress Management Program and Conflict Resolution and Management Program that are essential in delivering frontline healthcare services.


As a nurse myself, I have experienced the stressful environment in a healthcare setting, thus I have imparted programs that I believed would be helpful in dealing with day to day operations and whenever needed in times of future crisis.

The Medical frontliners globally are well trained to handle difficult situations even in times of health crisis like the pandemic issue. They are equipped with the essential gears of knowledge, skills and wisdom. They are ready for the battle anytime they are put to test or being challenged.

I believe they are put in the frontline because they have the most willpower, the bravest among the rest and ready to die in service for us.


The medical frontliners are our modern day heroes. In this time of health crisis, they defend us all against the unseen invaders. They fight for our survival and they die in order for us to live. That's the most heroic deed they can do for us. 

We honor and give salute to our medical frontliners for their utmost dedication and service. Like us, they deserve to survive this battle and they also deserve to live their best life. Let's protect them by doing our share. Let's help them survive and live. 

© 2020 Del Cusay




Sunday, March 22, 2020

You Are Not Alone


Wherever you are right now, you may be stucked! Just like the billion people on earth who are quarantined at home. It may be the worst feeling ever. You are restricted and controlled. You can't travel in a far distance and you have to follow certain social distance.

People are getting anxious and may start losing sanity at certain point. Boredom kills and uncertainty is getting in their consciousness. What's happening? Who's the enemy? When will this suffering ends?

You are not alone! We are all in this together. Your inconvenience and suffering is also what I am experiencing. We are together in this fight of the unseen forces that is a global threat to our health and wellbeing.


How are we going to survive this battle? Yes! This is a matter of survival skills. Either we continue to live or we die! That's our reality at this moment of crisis.

This Soulful Sunday, I got some energy from a sun salutation exercise. I needed some stretching and sun exposure for a boost in vitality and immunity. That's my latest craze just before the beginning of the home quarantine period. And then it's true that we get energy from a distance; from a powerful source.

Contemplating from our backyard at the farmhouse, I get to have a glimpse of the uncertain future. The future seem to be brighter despite of the present day darkness.


I realized that we can be socially distant at times, but we never feel alone or lonely. We are still emotionally and mentally connected from our love ones, our community, our country and the world.

Our individual and personal suffering is also the suffering of our entire family. The sorrow of families is also the sorrow of entire community. The morale of communities is also the morale of the country. And the downfall of countries is also the downfall of the world.

We are all connected in spirit and we are what we think and feel. But one thing that can set us apart is our way of thinking; our mindset. Some may be thinking of suffering while others may be thinking of opportunities. It's now about suffering versus surviving. Or we survived our battle and suffering.

And this too shall pass. This will end. And when the time comes that we survive this threat to life, we will be living well in the Glory of God - - our Saviour whom we prayed for.


As I lay down on the hammock, I realized that you and I are not alone! We are not alone because we continue to fight to live and to defeat the unseen. We will learn some lessons of victory and defeat. We will again rise up and be truly alive!

You are not alone because you will realize that you have a family who loves you. You are not alone because you belong in a community who showed care and concern. You are not alone because you are part of a country of strongwilled people. And you are not alone because you are a resident of a global community of freedom fighters.

We are the fighters and we are the world. We keep on believing. We keep on surviving. And we keep on living.

© 2020 Del Cusay



Sunday, March 15, 2020

When Faith is Bigger Than Our Fears


Fear can be defeated when there's a light from within. When we are suffering in this times of global health crisis,
we can learn to fight back stronger and live healthier.

In this times of difficult challenge, we are called to remain calm and be in stillness. Although it may not be easy at times, still we tune in to the Highest Divine power- - the lifegiver.

Our Soulful Sunday moment makes us feel the Divine love and light. When we feel anxious and uncertain, we feel the warmth wrap on our body and soul. It gives us comfort that someone is in control of our being and our fate.


Whatever is happpening in todays' world is part of a Divine plan. Whatever we give in this world is what comes back to us. When we give suffering to others, we might experience even worst kind of suffering. Hence, when we give love, it begets love and understanding.

The global health threat creates fear resulting to hoarding of food and stuff. It causes massive chaos between nations. It causes misunderstanding, blame game and discrimination. 

The hysteria is real. But the world isn't new to this pandemic. We may only be more critical, cautious and alert than ever before and that's a positive sign of a changing time.


But with all this untoward event, the antidote is to have faith and not to fear. To believe that we can survive this battle  and not to fear on things not real.

God's will is real, same as we humans do have the will; the will to be healed and the will to survive. So if there are things within our control, then we must also have faith of things beyond our control. 
Be fearless and have faith. 

© 2020 Del Cusay




Sunday, March 8, 2020

Transfiguration in the Eyes of A Child


The child grows fast from birth to a toddler. From the time they open their eyes until the time they started to walk alone. A physical  transformation that makes us happy and delighted. A child was born and is yet to live a great life. 

This Soulful Sunday, we spent a good time at the farm and we bring our little one to explore the world that is new to him. The last time we brought him to the farm was on the new year's day 2020 when he was just learning how to walk.

On New year's day 2020 when he was 1 year and 1 month old, we already saw his curiosity to explore his environment. Although he couldn't speak and express his emotion of joyfullness, yet it can be seen on his smiles and actions.


Now on his 13 month, he is able to walk by himself and is very much playful. He is able to show different emotions. He laughs when feeling happy and cries when feeling uncomfortable.

A child is living a different world. It is within our world, but they see things differently as if they have their own. Whenever we don't feel like smiling, a child is there to give us a smile. Whenever we feel tired, a child is there to lift us up and give their energy. A child has lots of energy that is powerful enough to change our mood and emotion. A child so small can change how we see the world.

At times we may feel like having enough, yet a child can me more happy and feeling excited. We may feel tired or bored of what we already, but a child can have an endless fun for exploration. A child starts to experience how to live, to get hurt, to fall down, to rise up again and to give his biggest smile.


This 2nd Sunday of the Lent talks about the transfiguration of Jesus at Mount Tabor and it was witnessed by his chosen Disciples. Jesus transformed into a bright human being just before the eyes of the Disciples.

Here on Earth, our God may show up in so many ways; through experiences of great living and even suffering. However, we may become blind in our faith and do not see the bright side of life.

Unlike the child, he sees more beyond what we grown ups can see. A child can remind us about how to see the world with deepest sense and gratitude.

 Our Quest for Personal Transfiguration begins as we emulate the innocence of a little child giving us a radiant glow as we live life with happiness, joy and peace.


When we no longer see ourselves shining so bright, we see the transfiguration of Jesus in the eyes of a child. Because it is on their eyes that we see the greatest hope to learn how to live fuller again and to see the world brighter again.

© 2020 Del Cusay




Sunday, March 1, 2020

Quantum Leap of Faith


You didn't believe it, until a leap of faith bring you to where you are; your present living. Your current state doesn't define your whole life and the pause you make is like a slingshot that is ready to launch you to what you have imagined.

Timeless energy is more than a fantasy, just like our state of conscioussness that creates our reality. And so if you believe that thoughts are energy, whatever you think, you become - - the becoming of who you are or who I am.

What makes this year special is another leap to complete the cycle. Another day is added to make it whole. And that's the essense of a leap year; to wait for the right time to make it whole and complete.



We are once incomplete or broken at some point in our existence. And it took us days and months and years to finally fix or fill in what is missing.

It is when we have found an answer to 'who am I?' that we dare to take a quantum leap of faith. We move forward and say 'what's next?' what is there waiting for us that needs to unveil. 

Who is the person of our dreams? What's the kind of life that lies ahead? What does the future bring? These are tough questions that we have to uncover, not instantly but intuitively. Not something we figure it out, but just came to our higher consciousness.


The quantum leap of faith is like a leap year. We believe that time will heal and in time will make us complete. We could wait for years for someone to come along. That's a new beginning. A new milestone to move on.

© 2020 Del Cusay



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