Embrace the change with ease……
The art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our surroundings. We are on the threshold of a sea change in our lives. The secret of change is to focus all our energy not on fighting the old but on building the new.
In the post- Coronavirus phase, our life will witness a notable transformation. We will be afraid to meet one another. Large gatherings, cricket matches, and parties will be put on hold. Shopping malls and cinemas will lose their charm. Handshakes and hugs will be things of the past. The Indian tradition of saying 'Namaste' or 'Sat Sri Akal' might continue as a gesture of greeting. Wearing masks and social distancing will be a new normal. We will lead a not-so-luxurious life and would love to stay home with our families. The economy will recover at a slow pace. Migrant workers will be afraid to return to prosperous states. It’s possible that some aspects of schooling might not go back to the way they were before. Online education will flourish. Things will never be the same. I am talking about something deeper, about how we live—about our habits, norms, and ways of living.
Some changes look negative on the surface, but we will soon realize that space is being created in our life for something new to emerge. Due to this global pandemic, many of you are facing cancelled exams, sporting events and even school award ceremonies, but on the brighter side, with the current remote learning, technology skills and the power of working collaboratively might have amplified due to instant communication and feedback. That includes parents and educators too.
How has this pandemic affected our lives? It is a question that has many answers. First and foremost, it has made us aware of the importance of washing our hands and social distancing. These, hitherto, overlooked practices have the potential to save us from a lot of viral and bacterial infections. The Covid-19 pandemic has reaffirmed the value of personal hygiene and reminded us of the fact that reckless infringement of the laws of nature would prove to be disastrous for humanity. It has also exposed the fake babas and preachers, who make false claims about their healing ability. It has reminded us of our physical fragility, undermined economic security, disrupted our daily routines, shattered our dreams and forced us into social isolation, stress and fear psychosis. Lockdown gave us time for self-improvement and changed our world and our global outlook. It has also taught us that the solution of the world's biggest challenges – climate change and mental health being top on the agenda is our collective responsibility.
While we pray for an early end to the contagion, it is imperative to ponder over: Whether we will continue with habits of personal hygiene and cleanliness? Whether we will exhibit the same empathy and kindness to keep humanitarian values intact? Whether we respect the Mother Earth and its biodiversity? Only time will tell.
Although there are many unexpected changes in our lives, yet you can change this crisis to opportunity by using this time effectively. Try to look on its bright side to manifest a positive change in your life. Feel comfortable and well-connected by sharing time with family because ultimate happiness is a relationship structured with strong bonds. Additionally, use this time to learn new skills and prepare for the future. Choose to be a prepared person mentally and physically. We know nothing about the future, but I can confidently say that with a dash of optimism and cooperation not only we can flatten the curve, but we can also make our lives easier.
Let us embrace the tides of change. Change is always hard at first, messy in the middle, but gorgeous at the end. Change always makes us better because after every storm comes a clear sky.