The world has fallen silent, humans are confined indoors, animals are reclaiming their planet and Mother Earth is healing. Despite all our knowledge, technology, wealth, power and pride, all it took was a tiny bug to throw a spoke in our wheel of life. And with that, life has come to an abrupt halt.
This has caused major life changes that threaten to sweep us off our feet. Some of us experience anger, anxiety, despair, fear, frustration, irritation, loneliness or panic, which can drive us and our loved ones crazy in an already tough situation. While it’s natural to experience these emotions, we need not let them control us – so let’s pause a while to reflect, put things in perspective and try to adapt – one step at a time.
- Let’s firstly accept that life as we know it has changed, not just for us but for the entire world. All of humanity, otherwise divided by a host of differences, is today on a level playing field.
- It’s like we have all been cast into an unknown stormy sea where none of us know to swim and we are all thrashing about trying to stay afloat. Since we have no option but to ride out the storm, we might as well do it sensibly and make the most of the process.
Feed your Faith, not your fears
- Yes at times the water seems menacing and the shore seems nowhere in sight. With no chance to prepare beforehand, this plunge has taken us all by surprise and some of us are still trying to catch our breath.
- We can tide over this without letting fear overwhelm us by staying calm and keeping our faith in the Almighty intact. We need to believe that no matter what, He is with us always and He has a purpose.
Try altering your perception
- Availability of excess free time currently is in fact the quality time for self and family that we were seeking since years.
- Lack of entertainment options outside can lead to (re)discovering skills and talents within the family.
- No access to outside food could be the perfect opportunity to rekindle the appetite for home cooked healthy meals.
- Managing with whatever is available is a wonderful exercise in inculcating a minimalist lifestyle.
- The absence of domestic help can be channelized into division of duties, respect for household chores and much needed physical workout.
The struggle ends when gratitude begins
- Each time we grumble about being stuck within the walls of our home, let’s think about the ones who have no roof over their head, those who are stuck at airports, separated from their families and away from their homes.
- The incessant times we need to wash our hands might annoy us, however let’s be grateful for the availability of water and think about those who struggle for it on a daily basis.
- Whenever it’s challenging to get children to do their home assignments, let’s spare a thought for the teachers who work so hard all year round to educate our children.
- Whenever we feel the authorities are being unfair, let’s breathe a prayer for the brave hearts in the front-line executing their responsibilities selflessly for our sake.
- It’s good to keep abreast of latest updates however we must do so with discretion. Not everything we read is true so let’s think twice before we believe or share anything. Only spread (verified) messages that will help, guide, uplift, motivate and inspire others.
- Let’s be grateful for the availability of social media and use it prudently to connect with loved ones, to educate ourselves and our children, to seek help if required, to pursue a hobby and to spend time fruitfully.
- With gratitude and awareness comes compassion – Let’s do our bit to help people around us who may not be physically able, emotionally resilient or technically adept at managing on their own.
Hold on to hope and never let go
- Remember that we are all in this together, yes socially distant but together in spirit – Never before has the world come together as one.
- This could just be the period of healing which Mother Earth and each of us needed desperately to bring about an inner transformation.
- We can utilize this time either to reflect on our values and reset our priorities & life goals or to just float aimlessly along till we reach the shore.
- We didn’t have a choice about our current circumstances, but we do have a choice about how we respond; hence, let’s choose wisely.
No matter how difficult, let’s be patient and keep the faith – the most amazing things in life happen right when we’re about to give up hope.