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HOW TO BE A MODERN-DAY HERO

“Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird! it’s a plane! It’s SUPERMAN!” You hear these famous lines after Daily Planet bespectacled reporter Clark Kent removed his glasses, shirt, pants and tie inside a phone booth to don the classic blue bodysuit, a red cape and underwear and yellow belt to become SUPERMAN. Whereas Tony Stark nonchalantly proclaimed “I am Iron Man” in the ending of the first “Iron Man” movie instead of hiding his true identity. Even Captain America possess the strength and the shield to protect himself. We all need another hero among our midst. However, for the past 12 months or so, the headlines in most newspapers and the stories announced in the television or heard on radio are mostly about the COVID 19 pandemic. Thus, it is not for the faint of heart to read, look or listen to, especially when you see the latest statistics on those afflicted with COVID 19 because in the Philippines, we already pass the half a million mark. Aside from that, the more sensational the news are, the more they sell. Now, what do these got to do with health? I should say, a lot. When you watch blood streaming down the face of a woman that has been shot because she did not want to let go of her bag which contained her hard-earned salary, you can feel the anger slowly building up inside your body. Your heart begins to beat faster. You can feel the blood rushing to your head. Thus, it is true that your face turns red with rage. When that happens, you develop a headache. When your heart keeps pumping too fast, it feels like it will explode inside your chest. Aside from anger, you can also feel fear. You become worried that it is no longer safe to walk alone even in broad daylight. You can sense your saliva drooling at the side of your mouth. Even your guts are turned inside and out. You are even afraid to go out of the unprotected or without a face mask and a face shield house because you don't want to get sick with COVID 19. It is time to shut the door or go on a silent retreat if not a voluntary quarantine. Throw away the key and just stay indoors. Reflect about your own life for a change instead of worrying about the world even for just a few seconds, perhaps thirty minutes or less or even an hour or more. Turn off the television set. Fold that newspaper. Don’t listen to the rambling of that radio announcer. Instead think of ways to shut out the noise outside and be calm inside. PEACE When you feel like losing your temper, take a deep breath. Inhale (stomach out) and exhale (stomach in). Concentrate on your breathing and consciously will your body to relax. Be at peace as your heart rate slows down and your breathing as you empty your thoughts of any ill feeling. INTEGRITY There used to be a time when people’s word is like a binding contract. You don’t have to worry about being swindled or hoodwinked into buying an investment. But if you value yourself and your relationship with others and they trust your word, you will sleep like a baby at night. NURTURANCE There are only two root causes of chronic diseases. The first root cause is toxicity. There is something in your body that is not supposed to be there. You infuse your body with toxins like unhealthy food such as too much sweets, carbonated drinks and processed food as well as unhealthy thoughts or emotions like anger, fear and bitterness. The other root cause is deficiency. You lack sleep, water and exercise. Take care of yourself by nourishing it with whole fresh fruits and vegetables, clean water, fresh air, love and forgiveness. OBEDIENCE


Your world becomes chaotic when you fail to follow the rules. When you beat a red light in an intersection, you can have a head on collision. When you fail to meet a deadline you can be penalized. But if you heed the laws of God and not just men, you can experience joy because you have a clear conscience.


YOUTHFULNESS


Children are amazing. They put their trust on whoever is taking care of them. They believe that they will not get hurt if someone is watching over them. Thus, the Lords wants us to be childlike and have faith that He will provide for all our needs in a way that is best for us.


If you want to be a modern-day hero in good health, think P.I.N.O.Y. (Peace, Integrity, Nurturance, Obedience, Youthfulness).


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