Seeing good in the bad
FEEL THE GAME - Bobby Motus (The Freeman) - March 28, 2020 - 12:00am

With the CoVid-19 pandemic and sports taking a break, we had seen changes in people and the environment which we thought we won’t be seeing in our lifetime.  With some editing, let me share the following from a fellow Bosconian, Fr. Abet Caballero, SDB. 

The disease had:

•Made people kneel down to the Lord and pray because many had simply forgotten Him.  God closed the places of worship and made us realize that only He can make the high and the mighty kneel.

•Made families whole again.  Working from home, parents are spending precious moments with their children and are now having meals together.

•Made children stay at home when before, parents are having headaches on how to keep them inside the house. 

•Instead of softdrinks and junk foods, children are now drinking fruit juices and eating healthy to strengthen their immune system.

•Vices drastically stopped.  Drinking and smoking, as well as gambling were minimized, probably womanizing too.

•It made known to all those who have helpful and generous hearts and those who don’t take advantage of the situation.

•It also showed the true colors of traditional politicians and the affluent, blinded with their twisted sense entitlement, instead of doing their share in combating the disease.  But how can we justify the bashing of a certain VIP’s excursion in a hospital when we join the mad rush to supermarkets, defying all protocols of social distancing?

•In general, it showed us who really cares and who doesn’t.

•Pollution is greatly reduced because factories had shut down and vehicles were kept off the streets.  Mother Earth is having a big sigh of relief. 

•It forced people to walk because of the lack of transportation, in a way, exercising.  10,000 steps a day is good for one’s well-being.

•Many are now afraid to eat exotic foods and are changing their diets to much healthier foods.  No more kwaknit.

If God Almighty hear our prayers in getting rid of CoVid, we hope that it will not also bring with it the good it has now done to our lives.  Because we had abused nature for so long, it fought back, and how!

We can’t take lightly the global health crisis we’re facing now yet some people refuse to understand the gravity of the situation which changes by the hour.  Stupidly insensitive, they post on social media photos with captions like ‘having a CoVid party’ or ‘looking for CoVid’.  They are the same specie of misguided individuals who are questioning the precautions made by the government and the rest of the LGUs.   Instead of taunting and mocking them, use that misplaced sense of bravado to help authorities with their efforts for the community. 

Let us also be considerate and be respectful of the efforts of our health frontliners who are risking their own lives to save the lives of people they don’t even know.  Before we say that we’re fed up with being locked up at home eating sardinas, Lucky Me, watching K-dramas and doing tiktok, let’s think about them who, much as they would want to stay with their loved ones, are away from home constantly exposed to danger.  Let’s be thankful that unlike our brave doctors, nurses and health workers, we’re relatively safe if we stay at home.   Like us, they also want to survive this ordeal.

Best of all, by cooperating and following the directives of the provincial government, specially with the coming province-wide lockdown on Monday, we can all mark ourselves safe from the kasaba of Gov. Gwen and our respective mayors.

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