I am so anxious these days with what is happening around us. I receive bad news every day for the past week, not only from the television and online media but directly from the people who are close to me. A lot of my friends became COVID positive and one of them was an entire family. The worst is that two members of a friend’s family are in critical condition.
It’s difficult to take care of one patient, but two or more people … and you yourself being sick, I am sure this is so stressful and tiring. Even if I’m not in their situation, I feel so stressed for them.
At first the problem was the hospital bill, constantly going up like a taxi meter, it’s now up to seven digits! Second is the shortage of medicines. I tried reaching out to as many people, on behalf of my friend, but not enough help is coming. How can we help? Pray na lang.
Another close friend of mine shared that her grandfather contracted COVID too and stayed in the hospital for a month. Due to an already weak body, he had a stroke and died. They spent a total of Php 7 million!
It’s different now as COVID is getting closer to our home. The situation this year is a lot worst than last year. This is because the new COVID variants are more contagious and a lot of people in our country aren’t following the protocols — no social distancing, not wearing masks and face shield. I encourage everyone to just stay home and take care of your health.
Recently, Manulife hosted a webinar on how to fail proof our future. I would like to share some key takeaways that I got from Dr. Shiella Lim. She is an EENT surgeon in Makati Medical Center and Sta. Ana Hospital. She specializes in Facial Surgery having studied at the Basel Hospital in Basel, Switzerland and Laryngology, voice and airway specialization from Stanford University. She is now the committee head of the COVID department at Sta. Ana Hospital.
Here are some tips from her on how to boost our immune system:
- Sleep 6 to 8 hours. Do not compromise sleep. Loss of sleep can never be regained even though you want to make bawi afterwards. Try to sleep early.
- Physical exercise at least 5 times a week.
- Eat proper diet.
- Make yourself happy by doing something you love.
- Avoid toxic and negative people.
- Exposure to sunlight for Vitamin D3.
These tips are something we already know but because of busy-ness of our lives, we always neglect to do the right things for ourselves. Love yourself first to better serve other people.
And lastly, a tip from me, your Legacy Architect. Focus on accumulating wealth in heaven by prayers, singing psalms, and thanksgiving.
One way to leave a legacy to your family is to pass on the faith that you have. Only you can do this for your children.
I ask myself, am I ready to go home to our Creator? As I reflect, I can say yes. However, I have family members who are depending on me not financially but spiritually. My family members are not ready spiritually and I realize that God is reminding me of my true mission in life which is to bring my family to the Lord.
As we enter Holy Week, I encourage you to take that week seriously to go back to the Lord. Ask for His forgiveness. Give alms to the poor and pray with and for your family. This way, we are accumulating wealth in Heaven.
I’m praying for you and for your family, too. Keep safe and healthy!
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About the author
Sheila Ong is a legacy architect. She helps Chinoy families plan and design their financial homes by not only creating a strong financial foundation but also peace of mind, allowing families to do what matters most, which is to have more time to spend with each other. It’s her passion to empower each Chinoy family to create a legacy of love from one generation to the next through proper wealth management. As a naturally shy person, she evolved into becoming a public speaker driven by her advocacy. She has transformed many lives, including the lives of her team of financial advisors and the lives of about 400 families who are now financially secure. Sheila also values family time as she is a full-time mom to her son.
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