Gratitude. Tolerance. Compassion.

We are now fully feeling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re all stretched in all directions, a little bit flustered — or a lot flabbergasted.

My favourite poet- Maya Angelou has quoted this beautifully and so relevant in today’s time: My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour and some style.”

I wish I had more of all three of these things while dealing with these unprecedented times. I find myself daily feeling frustrated, anxious, and distracted by everything that is going on in the world around us. Often instead of being present with those around me, my thoughts can be in a million places.  Then there are those moments that bring you out to reality. The questions that are cause for deep reflection and thought. The conversations that would not have happened if we did not have this time together.

Is social distancing good? Is it bringing you closer to the people who really matter!!

One big take away from this situation is that the sole purpose of life is to be happy. It is imperative to realize what will bring about the greatest degree of happiness. From my own limited experience, I have realised that the pursuit of happiness lies in little things, or maybe not so little things, that is the development of love and compassion.

It seems easy to get into the slippery slope of depression. Stop! Think!  when the stakes are mortal, why add unnecessary risks?

Should we wait for difficulties to arise and then attempt to practise them?  

And who creates such opportunities? Not our happy beings, of course, but difficult times. They are the ones who give us the most trouble.

 Here it is- COVID -19 to teaching us lessons for life.

Time is a powerful warrior and I should embrace life as it comes. I promise myself to be a strong woman who looks a challenge in the eye and gives it a wink. BRING IT ON!

Supriyaa Narula

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