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Self-Isolation means Self-Introspection!

Posted by Rewa Smriti on April 11, 2020

Dear Friends,

The lockdown period is a good opportunity for us to take care of health, family and self-introspection. We rarely get time to sit in one place, introspect and reflect on our life. This is a rare opportunity for us and we must utilize it.  At the same time, it’s another way of reminding ourselves that we are living with so limited means, and that can be enough for us too!

Though it’s a tough time we are going through, but I feel it was actually required. What we have done with nature is far worse than the current situation we are facing. We have taken it for granted. As a result, we are receiving back. It’s “The law of Nature”!  We have played so much with nature in terms of deforestation, degraded soils, polluted air and water. The worst part is that recently the forests have been fired at terrifying speed, so many animals have died, the birds and the bees have got destroyed.  The bottom line is clear that our modern relationship with nature is “neither Natural nor Sustainable”.

From my balcony on the 6th floor, I can view the greenery of the trees on either side of the street so clearly. All the way, the bright green leaves are fresher and glossier. The blue sky is so clear and the sound of the birds chirping is simply one of the most beautiful sounds in earth. It seems these birds are getting on with their lives, celebrating this occasion with each other by singing. I observe them quietly and listen to them. I don’t think it’s something “normal” here that is catching my eyes. Not each one of us has the opportunity to hear such a sweet sound in the cities generally. The nature and wildlife is priceless. And yet we live in a world where things of value are “Simply Not Valued”!

Some people still need to learn a basic common sense. Many of us are not trying to understand. The news that comes from the media is sometimes very disturbing. We need to understand that we are all one family, foolishness by one can be havoc for own family member.

We keep complaining that we are not getting time for family. And now you have got enough time to spend for your family. You are all yourself. No matter how unpredictable the future feels, we will have to be ready for every challenge that comes to us. Now that the lockdown period is getting extended, we have even more time together now.

We are spending time fruitfully through the situation. We keep doing things which we were unable to do altogether. Starting from morning yoga to evening rope skipping, hide and seek game at night, we have banded ourselves with many activities. My lovely child was rarely getting time to spend with her father for so long, and she is enjoying the most. She is of course missing going out in the park in the evenings, but the way we are spending time together, she is enjoying it completely.

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Last but not the least, as human beings, we have the innate need to contribute to those around us. I request all my friends that let’s not deduct money of our maids, servants, helpers etc. who are not able to work due to social distancing during this tough time. I am not going to do this either. I would appreciate if you help the needy people you have nearby.

13 Responses to “Self-Isolation means Self-Introspection!”

  1. DR VISHWAS SAXENA said

    A wonderful article. In fact rewa has rightly pointed out that this period is an opportunity not a calamity—- the time has by natures force restricted us to all good pursuits—we missed being with households —understanding beautiful world of our children —-and lil joys lurking in the house—-besides a great time for apt charity——-Rewa has always been a change maker—-pioneered to suggest and adopt right values—a very sensitive and responsive citizen and a respondent member of world community—may god continues her wheel take continuous turns and knit yarns of universal happiness—GOD BLESS
    Dr Vishwas Saxena

  2. Dear friend,
    What a wonderful experience you shared. It all came from the very first thought that intercepted in your mind. Actually anybody would have retrospected it but the way you have depicted it in your words is simply a stuff to give a thought.
    Regards
    Md Quaisul Hoda

  3. sumanmanit said

    Well said didi. This lockdown time we can think as opportunity where we can develop strong bond with nature as rightly explained by you by seeing clear blue sky , green leaves , singing birds in morning etc and strengthening our relations with family members by giving them time and understanding theirs needs which we hardly get in working days . Didi your article is always meaningful and suggesting how beautifully we can utilise this lockdown time and the drawing made by baby gungun shows she is trying her hand on it very well. The initiative taken by you — not to deduct salary of our helpers is indeed an admirable act which will inspire others to follow the same. 🙂

  4. mehhekk said

    Very rightly said Rews, everyone should spent the time positively and with family, and being at home only so this fight for the humanity will be won. I was just visualising the greenery and birds sounds you described , that was so refreshing toind. God bless your little angel.

  5. Manee said

    Nice…

  6. Prosenjit Paul said

    Truly said by you Didi that the lockdown period is a good opportunity for us to take care of health, family and most importantly we can get inside (within us) for a self-introspection.

    Its an oppotunity. A huge opportunity. Thanks.
    From – Prosenjit Paul

  7. AMIT KUMAR ANSHU said

    About the Nature, Lessions we learn during lockdown is hard learned one. But question who wants to sacrifice ??? People, govt ?? None. No want to change.

  8. Dansil Soren said

    Wonderful writing.. The one liner I like the most is- our “modern” relationship with nature is “neither Natural nor Sustainable”. I remember when a chapter of an English Textbook in JNV days quote the famous quote of Ex Secretary-general of UN Kofi Annan – “The earth is not ours. It is a treasure we hold in trust for our descendants.” We the gen X and The Millennials should learn that we have borrowed this planet from our progeny and it’s our responsibility to hand over this planet in a shipshape condition to our next generation.

    • inspabinashcrpf said

      So precious comments brother as well as it may be considered as responsibility of human being to handover Universe to our new generation in right condition……

  9. The tranquility and the nature’s sounds we’re now able to observe are indeed something special. Now it’s just about calming down the noise within and listen to self. Already started taking it’s toll. I hope we get out of this as better and compassionate human beings. Lovely write up. Happy times with family 🙂 Here, I got only video calls with them.

  10. The tranquility and the nature’s sounds we’re now able to observe are indeed something special. Now it’s just about calming down the noise within and listen to self. Already started taking its toll. I hope we get out of this as better and compassionate human beings. Lovely write up. Happy times with family 🙂 Here, I got only video calls with them.

  11. inspabinashcrpf said

    Didi,
    As you already elaborated the things happen with the Universe specialy for human being due our “modern” relationship with nature as “neither Natural nor Sustainable” in such a great manner, now i would not like to suggest any more. Nice and a wonderful article you have mentioned for us with scientific as well natural evidence. World has already expended thier skil, manpower, wealth and precious time to save our environment including river, sea, air, forest, but the result is nill…..
    After that we have to “turned the wheel” of our lifestyle as you quoted above.

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