Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Years Resolutions....Anyone?

By Chiqui Raveloski

We hear this all the time. Nurses give so much of themselves, they forget themselves. As much as this is true, there are I'm sure many who manage to take time for themselves. They know how balance work, family, and etc. I know it is easier said than done. But the key is balance.

Keeping that harmony is hard to do. You have to re arrange your personal and professional life. New Year is a perfect time to re examine your priorities. For recollection as well as resolutions. We go through this every year and for the most part do we really keep up with it?

I posted  this article last year and I am re posting it again with a few minor changes. These 5 new years resolutions will not cost you anything. As a matter of fact, you already have them. It's just a matter of rekindling and reminding yourselves that you, as a nurse, do have feelings capable of overcoming adversities that can come our way. And at the same time you know how to appreciate the joys of living.

 1. Respect and Love. Respect one another. Each one has a story which is unique to each individual. As nurses, respect for cultural diversity improves patient care and outcomes. Treat everyone equally regardless of race, religion, economic status, etc., preserving integrity. At the same time, you should also have self respect in order to grow personally and professionally. With respect comes love, and love is a universal language.

2.Honesty. Honesty is the best policy. "Mas masarap ang tulog mo pag malinis ang konsiyensiya". "You sleep better at night with a clean conscience". A good night sleep makes for a better morning. a better outlook, a better person overall. Similarly, as a nurse, you hold the responsibility of providing the best patient care and exhibit accountability for your own judgment and action.

Sorry our country has no better way to honor your people's heritage than with a green fast food milkshake
 3. Honor. Honor your heritage and the elders. Always look back to where you came from. This allows for better understanding of yourself and how to move forward. Elders have done this plenty of times in the course of their lives. They hold knowledge which we can learn from. While doing patient care and the day becomes unbearable, take a moment to step back and do a simple task of feeding an elderly patient. This can somehow block your senses from all the chaos and at the same time, it reminds you of why you got into the profession. It's a feel good moment. Trust me.
May your regrettable behavior this weekend occur primarily off-camera.

4. Kindness. Be kind to one another. It conveys a giving behavior, pleasant nature, and genuine concern for others. It is a value we all grew up with. In a busy world that we live in, sometimes personal values are put to the side in order to keep up with the times. We have heard of random act of kindness. Let us join in the movement. It can benefit both givers and receivers with feelings of contentment and relaxation.

 5. Karma. What goes around comes around. A cause and effect, action and reaction. Do unto others as one would want others to treat one self. It is a golden rule. This goes back to respect and love. Respect for human dignity and uniqueness of each individual. This might be the most challenging resolutions of all. Everyone does not believe in Karma, and I respect that. However, if you just find it in your heart to at least make the "world go around" one day at a time, is a favor we can do to yourself and society.

These 5 resolutions does not cost a penny. They are inflation - proof! Each one of us possess these traits. You might have to be put in some really tough situations to find out. And if you do find out, take a moment and use it wisely.

Last but not the least....Have fun ! Laughter is the best medicine. Take some time to laugh. Listen to a joke and laugh hysterically. What the heck...Tell a joke. I know I am so bad with delivering one. I always crack up laughing even before the punchline. But I still do it anyway. Then I find myself laughing by myself, while others look at me like , "OMG she's gone nuts". It's freaking hilarious!

"Manigong Bagong Taon !"..... Happy New Year !

Monday, December 30, 2013

The Governor: Dead or Alive

By Chiqui Raveloski

The mid season finale of The Walking Dead kept us on the edge of our seats like never before. The anticipation of who will die next kept lurking in our brain. So much like the deadly virus engulfing the zombies' heads as they ravage through the deserted towns of rural Georgia.

The beheading of the great Herschel brought shock in a magnitude we never expected. I believe Herschel's death might have even had us re think of our relationship with our own father. Equally important, it was also heartbreaking to watch  the death of the little girl who came to adore The Governor. The idea of an innocent young life becoming a victim in this gruesome world of zombies is utterly terrifying to us, and watching these characters endure these horrors is simply engrossing.

A few of us might had even felt pity for The Governor as he himself grew to embrace the little girl like she was his own. But I am sure that a plethora of viewers wished he was the one dead instead of the little girl.

As the show unfolded right in our own eyes, the wish of many became true as Michonne's katana went through The Governor's body like it was meant to be there all along.

Yet, I am not convinced that The Governor is really dead. I know it sounds crazy but I made this assumption based on a few things I saw during the airing of the show.

First of all, Michonne's classic katana strike is

 straight beheading or 


This time around,

 Michonne  pushed the katana through The Governor's body.
A very unlikely move.

We can easily concur that the katana went through his evil heart. Yet, who knows. Strange things had happened in the show plenty of times. Like how Glenn miraculously survived the prison's flu outbreak. Massive amount of blood was pouring out of his nose and mouth but Herschel was able to successfuly intubate him, was given antibiotics, which if it was a virus, abx won't work, leading him to his recovery. 

In addition, Lilly, Brian/The Governor's girlfriend proceeded to supposedly shoot The Governor to finish him off.....

But did you actually see her shoot him? Any evidence of his body?

Back in March 2013, i wrote an article where I suggested that The Walking Dead is merely a dream going on inside Rick's head while in a coma. The show is a manifestations of Rick's own personal life. Each character in the drama is based out of Sigmud Freud's ID, EGO, and SUPEREGO persona. 

I then classified The Governor as an ID character -  Our impulses. An urge, impulse, or desire so strong that it just had to be satisfied. The id contains all of our most basic animal and primitive impulses that demand satisfaction.

As far as I can tell, there is no other character comparable to The Governor, yet. A drama simply just cannot continue on without a villain. Not unless, of course, a governess is in the making. Wanna take a guess? Did I hear a Carol?

These sneaking suspicions are purely just for fun. That is the beauty of it all. Something to think about while we wait for the upcoming episodes to flood our tv sets as zombies continue to devour our senses in 2014.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

"Maligayang Pasko"....Merry Christmas

It is Christmas once again. This always make me think of Christmas back home in the Philippines. See, I have lived in the United States for the past 27 years. Yet, memories of  "Pasko", Christmas, in the Philippines still lights up my heart every time.

I found this video on You Tube and thought I'd share it with you. Watching this was quite nostalgic. The hope of celebrating Christmas in the Philippines once again is a dream waiting to come true. I tell myself, maybe I can go back next year. But never did.....

Maybe one day.

Maligayang Pasko.

Merry Christmas.

Love, Peace and Respect

Wishing you all the things you dream about

Sunday, December 8, 2013

First Annual Recollection

By Chiqui Raveloski

It has been almost a year since I first started blogging. And never in my right mind did I ever think that I was capable of doing this. I have always restricted myself from writing for many reasons. Reasons that have probably stemmed out from my growing years. I always have the thoughts inside my head waiting to come out, but never had the courage to speak out. Why is that?

Then I thought: "Maybe I can write... "But every time I tried, I could never put the words down on paper. I always ended up with a blank sheet of this white square thing in front of me !

Until one day, that inner voice said, "Do it, do it, do it!"  And I said, "Ok, Ok, Ok!"

So here I am......

Blogging has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life right now. I have made plenty of friends who I have never met, but have formed bonds with. It is amazing to see how writing can form such a strong connection between one another. This, I believe, gave me more drive and inspiration to continue with this journey.

Blogging became an outlet for my nursing experiences. I figured I can give my husband a break from all my whining. So it became your turn ! It made me realize that I am not alone in this whirlwind and there are colleagues out there who can understand what I feel. After all, we all need acknowledgement, right?

Blogging also became an  outlet for a few of my guilty pleasures - Candy Crush Saga and  The Walking Dead.

Still playing the saga, can't seem to shake it off. I am in level 103 and have been stuck there for about three weeks. Any advice?

How about that last episode of The Walking Dead? It was a great episode. I know I am probably gonna get cussed out for saying this: But, I was actually enjoying the Governor's comeback. I had this secret longing for a strong and sick character to cause the twists and turn that the show is famous for. But, I knew it was time for him to go one way or the other. I believe a new "Id" character is in the making. Wanna take a guess?.......A shout out to my girl Michonne !

A twist that I never saw coming in this blogging experience was that I was contacted by a few marketing analysts. They wanted me to do a product review and/or write an article for their site!  Who would  have ever thought? I am genuinely honored by this consideration. With this said, I accepted the requests and  have continuously formed a strong  business relationship and friendship.

I am also honored by all my readers and followers. Thanks for taking time out to read my posts. Equally important, to all those who faithfully write comments on my posts, that really means a lot to me.

Last but not  least, my husband and my daughter, for their support in my newly found endeavor. Writing is still a challenge but I can always hear my daughter say, " Don't worry about it, just write it down, Mother ! " And my husband who has learned how to deliver constructive criticisms gently.... to my liking !

 Both of them, by the way, are the writers in the family. Our daughter, who's 17, scored a 326 out of 350 in the state writing test. And my husband has a BA in English and is an avid science fiction reader. Between  both of them, we have shelves full of books. Its always nice to see and watch both of them read. I get this tingling feeling inside me and somehow, I get inspired by that, must be a Mommy and wife thing.

It has been about 326 days since I was trying to figure out a name for my blog. The only thing I can think of was the Filipino phrase "Bahala Na". It means "Living it all up to God, come what may, what ever will be, will be ".Little did I know that what can come was much more than what I expected. I have learned so much about who I am and what I can become.

To that...I am forever grateful.