I remember when I was young when I could barely reach the kitchen sink. I would stand on my toes, reaching for the soap and water to wash my hands. This is the first thing I learned in my childhood-washing my hands properly.
Now, we seemed to have forgotten how to wash our hands properly. The fundamental necessity to save our lives and others is a simple act of washing hands.
I don’t remember anymore the number of times I have washed my hands in a day. It is beginning to dry my skin. Sooner or later, our pharmaceutical companies will need to produce hand lotions or hand creams to treat skin dermatitis.
But that is the least of our problem now.
We are facing challenging times right now. We are scared, confused and angry.
When I used the slogan on my website, “We exist to rise up and grow” as the central theme of what all my writing is going to be, I didn’t think that one day I would be asking myself why I used this theme.
Our existence into this world is put into test. How we respond to adversity and challenges are being tested right now.
If we rise to the occasion or we crumble into pieces, we will never be able to hide it anymore. It will show who we are and what we are made of.
Some will show their real colours, and the good and the bad in all of us will appear.
Leaders will exhibit their leadership ability, and unwilling followers will display their individualistic behaviour. The others will fully cooperate and sometimes offer to help, while, there would be those who will exaggerate and push their own opinion.
We are confused because we hear different stories, and we are continually being told numerous instructions on what to do.
We are scared because we do not know how long it will last and we are afraid for our own safety and the safety of our loved ones.
Our livelihood is being threatened. We are scared to lose what we worked so hard for so many years, and then be taken away from us.
We are angry about why it must happen, and we are mad with the world.
Our anger should not be focused on others who are trying to live their lives to the best of their abilities. It is not our place to question their faith if it is the only thing that gives them strength and hope, and a feeling of security. Just like you and me and everyone else, it is their right to have faith and belief in a Devine power, which is the only thing that will give them the will to survive.
It is okay not to believe. It is perfectly understandable to put one’s faith to a Supreme power to lift your spirit and strengthen your hope and your will to survive. Let us respect everyone’s faith and belief. That is all we’ve got now.
We are not alone, and we all have dreams and purpose of living. Let us serve our purpose in life and do our best all the time.
We become prisoners in our own home, and we spent a lot of time being alone.
We dreaded going to work, and now, we lost what provides for our living.
There will be days when our hopes would be shattered. We lose focus on allowing ourselves to have the emotion and at the same time, to be supportive to our friends and family.
We exist to learn.
There is so much noise around us. It’s everywhere, and all over the place, it’s the whole world.
It is not a noise of conflict or war. It’s a cry for help to be together as one and fight this disease that is crippling the universe.
Suddenly, the unpleasant noise of conflict and war silenced us. Every nation in the world had forgotten what they were fighting for before it all happened.
We learned to forgo arrogance, the race to power, who is reliable and who is not. It’s all because we are fighting one and the same war – the war to eradicate coronavirus, immediately and for good.
Our life became a tight race. This disease knows no boundaries. It doesn’t discriminate, and it has no time limits.
We learned that human activities have contributed to this problem. There is no need to blame each other now or point the finger at anybody. We are all accountable, directly or indirectly.
We learned that the Earth doesn’t belong to us. It is our home and home for every living creatures – in land, water and air.
But for us, human beings forgot all of that. Instead, we crossed the boundaries. Dictated by greed and selfishness, those that should be left alone were disturbed and taken away from their habitat and food supply.
We disturbed what is in the air, the land and in water.
We will get through this. We will survive, and we will get better, but it will leave a mark that will reside in the deepest core of our hearts. It will heal, but it will always be sore to touch. It will become a constant reminder of outlining our journey.
We exist to learn and grow. Part of growing up is learning to co-exist with every living thing here on Earth. A million pieces of lives will cover the distance to get us to the finish line. Yet, the race may be just beginning.
What is important now and what counts the most is our attitude and our behaviour towards one another.
Give due respect and help those who need it most. We all deserve a place here on Earth, big or small, and every living thing.
For regardless of today, there will always be tomorrow to look forward to.
Till next time. Take care of each other and love one another.
I would like to take a short break from my usual routine of posting articles on writing and instead focus on what is happening around us.
I understand it is hard to concentrate on your writing when there are so many things going on around you. I, for one, is also getting distracted by so many news that is taking place right now.
It is alright to get scared. That is normal. When you are afraid, you become more cautious, alert with your surroundings, and protective not only of yourself but also of your loved ones.
We fear the invisible things. It is hard to fight and eradicate what is not visible to the naked eyes. So, here we are, trapped and tortured with fear, hysteria, negativity, and judgement.
Do not let these crush our spirit. We are better than that. Our prospect of survival depends on our ability and our behaviour towards one another.
Our government and the media have bombarded us endless news and discussions about the coronavirus that is taking over our lives now.
A great American leader, Thomas Jefferson, once said, “The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.”
We looked up to our politicians governing our country for guidance, for protection, for good health, and financial security. They are also human like us with a family that needs protection and security. And, they would do everything what they think is best for everyone.
The call for a national emergency has put us all in a state of fear. To overcome that level of anxiety, we must be resilient and strong in spirit.
We are dependent on one another for survival, yet, we ignored the cry for extreme precaution and social or physical distancing.
We can no longer go to work, but it is not an opportunity to go around places and seek fun and adventure. We are not on a holiday break, not anymore.
We must think of our safety, our total well-being, and the safety of the people around us and our community. Our only hope is for our society to act as one family looking after each other, caring for one another and providing help who need it most.
We have that induced fear and anxiety of missing out or not having anything that will provide us for our daily maintenance.
This fear led us to greed and selfishness. We behaved like animals fighting for a mere piece of item that we could share with everyone.
Selfishness dictated our behaviour to take more than what we need and what we can swallow. Still, we instead have it all for fear of not having anything at all.
Let us all get reminded what Mahatma Gandhi said…
“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need but not every man’s greed.”
Let this challenging experience become our teacher about life.
We learned the value of life when it diminished right before our eyes. We don’t own it. What is left of it will be taken away anytime, whether we are ready or not.
We learned to slow down, to take a deep breath, and to go home.
We move in a fast lane where the nights are no longer welcome; when the power never gets turned off, and technologies dictate everything we do, what to say and even what to eat.
We found time to sit down and have meals with our family.
We listened to music, read a good book and wrote a poem, and spent time with the people in our household.
And, for the first time, we felt that fear that we might lose what we love.
Keep your faith grounded and don’t be ashamed to pray. We will survive this horror. We will fight it, and we will pass the test.
Let us renew and cherish what is left on Earth. It is our home. It is our responsibility to take care of it.