Be the Change
by: Evelyn Sabate
Columban Mission Promotion Animator – Luzon Area
COVID-19 is changing the way we live and teaching us to adopt a new mindset and set of behaviors. It’s inviting us to be creative and resourceful, and to think outside the box in order to survive.
Since the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) got implemented, I learned a lot. It’s hard to grasp that I managed to survive and provide for my daily needs despite being alone and away from my family. With the limitations of working from home, I did what I could do. I communicated with the Columban mission partners, individual benefactors, and friends and family by sending prayers and inspirational messages. I enriched my spiritual life by praying, appreciating the daily masses on livestream, and reading more spiritual books. I managed to live simply by buying what was only necessary for my day to day needs at home.
One of my most memorable experiences for the past days, was attending a webinar on Human Relation Summit Global, organized by different human resources personnel across the globe. Attending the 3-day webinar was a rewarding experience for me. Listening to the insights of ten speakers on different topics every day inspired me to nurture and enhance my professional relations. I also enjoyed the delightful Q & A presentation because of its substance and direction. The method of learning, the human relations at work and its application to my goals as a mission promotion animator have been enlightening. This webinar helped me see a new outlook in learning and the deeper importance of networking and building relations through the technology that we have. I challenge myself to go forward with the tools obtained from the webinar I have attended which are all noteworthy.
Things have changed because we are in a different situation. This is why there is a need for a radical change in our lifestyle.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impressed upon us the importance of having an emergency fund, managing our emotions and appreciating the simple things in life. So, my invitation is to change, but to make sure that it is for the better and not for the worst.
I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to the Columban Missionaries for giving the employees their support during this time of crisis.
Evelyn (second from left) with other Columban staff, lay missionaries and students doing mission promotion at Baclaran Church