The virus and the resultant lockdown have not changed people much, but perhaps would have given time to think about everything.
That’s what exactly happened to me. And if I can take it to the other side when we come out of this, I could still be a better person, and an activist- my kind of!
I have been a social media activist. But when everyone else also became activists, i learned to ignore much. And I learned to delete, yes a delete activist, deleting in bulk.
Something I followed in there have stuck- self love and self challenge. These I will be taking with me. The first one will make me capable of loving and the second to fine tune the lifestyle.
‘Finish your dinner, there are people starving’ the mother’s dictact is practiced. I learned to extract even remnants of food from plates so as not to waste. There are people starving now and they will be there afterwards too.
Bought essentials without looking at the price! on seller’s terms. There were no street vendors, only big players, playing with our handicap. Don’t bargain ever with those poor street vendors afterwards.
Nature is interested in co-existence. In fact a monkey family visited me in my living room. Just sat there and looked at me as if saying ‘peace’. Have to understand and respect nature!
TikTok is the best invention. Always brought a smile in people. So do everything TikTok!
The ‘stay at home’, ‘lockdown’ etc have given us an opportunity to observe nature in a true and relaxed way.
The photo, taken just now is the tree at a handshaking distance outside our balcony in Jayanagar, Bangalore and another tree, of the similar size and age, but slightly away from the building.
The tree close to us is in full bloom, early, compared to some seven others in the vicinity. The other trees are just starting to flower while the one close to us has been with flowers for sometime now.
I am reminded of one of my friends telling me that the coconut trees around the empty house of theirs were bearing only few coconuts. But the bunches started growing in numbers ever since they moved into the house and now they are full of coconuts.
Nature wants to co-exist with us. It’s happy to be among us. We are ignoring it and worse hurting the nature by cutting the trees, littering rubbish all over the place and replacing forests.
This is an opportunity to think and do the sensible thing of agreeing to CO-exist with nature and other species.
The story about the swans and dolphins returning in large numbers to the Venice waters with the pollutant humans are staying away trying to protect themselves from the unfortunate virus threats is hitting headlines.
Let us be mindful of this once we become free of the forced confinement by God’s Grace.
Stay at home to prevent the virus spread is a noble thing for own and others safety. It’s actually not very easy. And that include us, having been sort of stuck in Bangalore, away from our usual home in Kochi.
With borders between Indian states getting closed, we may be staying in Bangalore for longer. And I took stock of the situation, briefly.
Bulk delete of group forwards resolves the ‘forwards’ attack along with losing some of the genuine communication. But the social and economic impact on daily wagers, street vendors and other marginal sectors is a concern. I hope some effective relief measures will be taken soon.
Apparently swans and dolphins returned to Venice waters, with humans confined to homes. Perhaps the nature is bringing in the equilibrium.
And I took a closer look at the nature as seen from our balcony. The greenery, flowers and the serenity are soothing to the eye. There’s even Bangalore’s own cherry blossom in the frame.
A friend just forwarded this video. It’s very relevant and please watch. It’s priceless.