Let me tell you an old story that is still relevant today.
There was an army commander named Naaman of Syria. He was well respected, just like Capt. Ri of Crash Landing on You. While Naaman was well-esteemed, he was a leper.
One day, a little girl, their maid, told Naaman’s wife that someone from the land of Israel can cure Naaman.
The wife told Naaman, and Naaman obeyed. He asked his King for permission to go to Israel and he was granted the permission.
Upon reaching Israel, Elisha, the man who was supposed to cure him didn’t even meet Naaman in person. He just sent the message that Naaman should wash 7 times at the Jordan River. (Could it be that Elisha was practicing social distancing? Just my theory. )
Naaman, though he felt angry and insulted at first, still had the humility to listen and the wisdom to obey. He obeyed and his leprosy was cured.
That story came from the Bible reading today and I can’t help but relate it to what’s happening in the world right now in lieu of covid.
Authorities and medical experts have been pleading us to
– wash our hands
– observe social distancing
– stay at home (that’s the case in the Philippines right now).
We also see viral news how Italians are warning the world to take covid seriously and stay at home because that was something they didn’t do. Look how sad the situation in Italy right now is.
I was chatting with my cousins who are front liners. Both of them are doctors — one in Manila and another in the province. These doctors and medical professionals have to buy masks using their own money because the supply in the hospital is running out.
Their advice remains the same and I’d like to echo it with you: Please stay at home.
I read this from Leah Salonga’s and James Deakin’s posts:
“To those who are complaining about the quarantine period and curfews, just remember that your grandparents were called to war; you are being called to sit on the couch and watch Netflix. You can do this!”
If you have family or friends in the medical profession or in front liners, another good idea is to gift them masks.
In the past few days, I was chatting with people from Malaysia, Bulgaria, U.S., Portugal, and other countries and the experience is all the same. We are so connected. I’ve never felt how real the cliche “it’s a small world after all” is.
The world is so connected. One person can spread the virus to the world. But one person can also spread love and healing to the world. There’s so much love and healing going around.
In lieu of the virus, the best we can do is to stay at home. I saw this going around on social media. I took this screen shot from my cousin Veena’s post.
We can do this!
I wish you love, joy, and peace today and everyday!
P.S. Staying at home doesn’t have to be boring. There are so many FUN and productive things you can do at home. As for me, I’m working on some exciting passion projects. One is writing a book, another one is… it’s a secret for now. But this photo will give you a clue.
What keeps you busy these days? I’d love to hear from you. 🙂
P.P.S. If you’re interested about book writing, here’s my video interview on ABS-CBN’s ANC on the Money. Watch it here.