Sunday, August 29, 2021

The Silent Heroes of the Pandemic


Do you believe in Superman? Does he exist? Does he have supernatural power? Today's Superman is the one who doesn't wear a cape. They don't fight a big enemy. And they don't possess physical and mental strength at all times.

Today's Superman can be defeated by an invisible enemy. They could suffer from low stamina and endurance. They could not easily heal themselves. And worst is, they could die.

When I worked at The Medical City Iloilo, I saw the different faces of Superman. The health care workers whose mission is to save lives. These are Nurses, Doctors, and other healthcare personnel who have shown dedication for service to those who need healing, survival, and recovery.

Today's pandemic has revealed the real value and worth of our healthcare workers. They are the silent Heroes who have saved thousands and even millions of lives from the Covid-19. They have made a big sacrifice to extend the lives of the sick and the dying. 

But the stories we watched and hear about our silent Heroes may not be good. In some countries, we see them almost giving up not because they are overfatigued or suffering from burnout and depression, but it's due to lack of support from the Government.

In the Philippines, we see the effect of the Government's negligence about the welfare of our Healthcare workers most especially the nurses who are already losing hope and morale. They are the modern-day Superman, yet they could not even protect themselves the way they protect and care for their patients. They extend people's lives, yet they are dying inside from the frustrations and disappointments. They are Superman, yet at times they couldn't rise up, but fall.

I'm a Nurse, and I will always support the call for the right treatment and support for my fellow nurses and others in the healthcare profession. We don't need recognition, but all we need from the Government is to be just and uplift the welfare to stand still and have a better fight on these difficult times of health crisis.

We are Superman, but we are also human. We get tired and burnout. We can be hopeless and depressed. And we are not limitless, but can also suffer from powerlessness. 

When this pandemic ends, our best salute goes to the silent Heroes who continue to serve for the health and well-being of the people. Give your best gratitude and appreciation to them. That's the greatest gift that can open their hearts.  Because it's when we have an open and big heart that we give more and we love more.

©️ 2021 Del Cusay

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Life's Toughest Fight

When asked about your life's toughest fight, what would it be?

Is it about your fiercest opponent? Is it your unexpected defeat? Or your victorious winning?

When we're punched hard by struggles, it's easy to be defeated. It gets harder to rise up and give our best counter punch. Life's even harder to get up when we're knocked out. We lose and do not even shout out. That's the reality of life, we learn not just from our greatest winning, but also our worst defeat.

However, at times our toughest fight comes inherent; from within. It could be the most challenging to be defeated. It's the internal conflict. It's about our lower emotions that fight us inwardly.

Our tendencies for resentment, grudge and rage are our worst enemy, and oftentimes the hardest to fight. It could be our toughest battle. We win some or we lose some.

But, what if our worst enemy is just ourselves. That we couldn't get out from our worst tendencies, our conflicting personalities, and our lower emotions. After all, it may be just us. How could we escape? How could we cope? How could we win the battle; our internal fight and greatest struggle.

We may lose some fights, but the toughest fight gives us the courage to keep on fighting, to keep on moving, even when we're struggling and not even close to winning.

In the end, all our emotions are valid. It may not be all good, but we recognize the bad and the worst contributes to the realization of our true essence of living. And we continue to live and hope for a triumphant winning.

©️ 2021 Del Cusay

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Journey from Alpha to Lambda

Would you rather be an Alpha, Beta, Delta, or Gamma?

We've come this far. From the unexpected painful beginning in early 2020 until the second half of 2021. This is not the joyous journey we've imagined. This is not the future we've envisioned.

Back on the year-end of 2019 and the welcome of 2020, that was all fun. Who would have thought we'll all suffer a sad fate of uncertain life and future. 

Yes, we've come this far, but this isn't the kind of journey we've wanted. It's been almost two years of struggles and miseries. Like a roller coaster ride, we experience the ups and downs. Like a dead-end road, we have no choice but a detour or U-turn. And like a crossroad, we're not always heading straight ahead. We may not be always turning right, and we could be turning in the wrong direction.

Yes, we may have aspired to be an Alpha or Delta personality type. But given the title associated with a deadly unseen enemy, we may just want to be a Nada. To have nothing to worry about. To have nothing to suffer. To have no fear and to have no painful ending, but only meaningful suffering that's turned into a blessing.

©️ 2021 Del Cusay

Sunday, August 8, 2021

Making Golden Dreams come True

Dreams do come true. In times when we least expect it, life surprises us with a reward for the sacrifices, perseverance, hope, and faith.

When Hidilyn Diaz won a gold medal in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, she brought a big surprise to the Filipino people. When what we usually hear is the not-so-good state of the nation, Hidilyn Diaz raised the bar to give us honor for bringing the first-ever Olympic gold medal for the Philippines.

We saw her dedication, fighting spirit, and willpower, and made us all proud that we Filipinos can achieve great things. We can make things happen if we believe in our self and have Faith. 

Hidilyn Diaz did not quit. She waited for more than a decade to achieve her dreams not only for herself but also for the country. She may have experienced her worst setbacks and down moments, but she took it as a challenge to keep on fighting until the end.

Now, Hidilyn Diaz ended the longest waiting time for the Philippines to get that gold medal. It's not just an ordinary gold, but it's a symbol of our greatness. It's a symbol of deepest love for the country and reverence to the Filipino people. 

Hidilyn Diaz is an inspiration to the Filipino people. We may not be fully supported from the start and may have been ridiculed for our deepest desires, but nothing could stop us from achieving our golden dreams. 

So in this time of the pandemic, we may stop momentarily, but we keep the fire burnin' and make that dreams happen. It may not be our moment for now, but with perseverance and willpower we can surely win until it's our time and until we can make that golden dreams happen.

©️ 2021 Del Cusay