Monday, March 23, 2020
Hope “To Be”
Nowadays, we need doses of HOPE. Lots of it.
Hope transcends imagination. Inspiring hope is a means of empowering ourselves to envision quality of life while living with a health problem.
Our focus is inspiring hope in people who are feeling desperate or weak in the face of a serious global pandemic medical crisis.
I’m thinking of this frontliner Filipino doctor, Dr. Greg Macasaet, an anaethesiologist, who was seriously infected by the Coronavirus - the very disease he’s fighting among his patients.
He texted, updating loved ones and brethren of his progress ...
“Good evening, my beloved ... ! The turn of events is just no longer in my favor. The feeling you get, aside from extreme pains all over, difficulty of breathing and as if all life is being sucked from your body! They’ll be putting cutdown lines and central tubes on me ... if they intubate me and place me on ventilator, then the game is almost over!”
Dr. Greg died only hours after that. The hospital did its very best to get him well and cured. But he still got worsened.
Understandable despair occurred when his cure didn’t happen. And so were the disappointments and griefs of family and those who cared for him.
Before his death, when it became clear that it’s beyond control and irreversible, the good doctor expressed being “liberated” from the anguish.
He used his freedom to work toward the deeper dimensions of his existence. In the remaining moments of his life, he focused on being a more developed fellow human.
Author G. Marcel, in “Homo Viator,” emphasized that “TO HOPE” is different from “TO HOPE THAT.”
“TO HOPE” transcends all possible frustrations and outcomes because of an inner security in BEING.
“TO HOPE THAT” puts persons to vulnerable insecurity because of unmet expectations in reality according to a defined timetable.