This too shall pass

Could this be the worst the world has ever seen? With all due respect and without minimising the seriousness of the situation — I don’t think so. We’ve see more than a dozen crises’ over the past 20 years such as the Y2K/dot com bubble burst (2000), 911 attacks (2001), SARs (2003-4), the global financial crises (2008), Swine flu (2009-10), Ebola (2014), MERS (2012), Nipah, Bird flu, and now the Covid-19.

Of course, the most recent also happens to be the most fatal, having killed more than 25 thousand people across the globe… and we don’t even have a clue when will this be all over! It’s scary. In fact, millions across the world are panicking right now thinking this might be the end of the world. But haven’t we said that each time we’d faced a crises?

I sincerely hope that logic will prevail and people come to realise that it can only get as worse as they would like it to be. The key is to remember that the choice of responding to this pandemic is totally up to us. Abide by the policies laid down by the local government, practice the suggested measures to maintain general and respiratory hygiene, and focus on stocking up (not hoarding) the essentials as we might be on a lockdown for the next few weeks and possibly months. But most importantly believe that we will emerge stronger than ever. Just keep the faith.

Make the most of the time that you have in hand — stick with your daily routines, develop the habit of moving well (there are tons of body movement systems and routines out there), and eat healthy. This isn’t the fret about burning your calories or looking shredded but maintaining your body composition. Eating less can be a worthwhile practice. Spending quality time with your family (something I’m working on right now… and haven’t really been successful as yet) and read. Enrich your mind with knowledge that can help you grow mentally, professionally, and spiritually. Now is the time.

We’ve already wasted a helluva time worrying about the worst that could happen. And I don’t want to look back in July/August and regret about all the things I could’ve done in March, April, and June. I’m pretty sure you don’t want to either. This too shall pass. Make the most of it.

By Sunil Nair

Nurturing leaders of tomorrow.

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