At this time the world is being held hostage with the Coronavirus (aka COVID-19). Everyone everywhere is made to stay home. Countries are closing its borders, airline travel is restricted, and cruise ships are docking. One can say this Pandemic has the world in a panic.
The World has stopped it’s business for a week or two causing the stock market to drop and fear is at an all time high. Some may believe it is the beginning of the End times. Some are struggling with the idea that they can’t go to work and wondering how they are going to pay their bills. And still some are really just trying to breath because they have COVID-19. My positive thoughts are with these individuals during this trying time. But there can be a different way to look at this.
Pollution is down because there’s a lot less cars on the road. Families are together and spending time together. Neighbors are talking to each other. In some countries people are singing with each other across open windows and courtyards. Many, I’m sure, are sleeping in since there’s no need to go anywhere. It’s the isolation of this event that is creating something new. The World is stopping to rest, to reflect, and to reset.
Although there is much to be sad and maybe even feared about this Pandemic, this is also a time to reflect on our lives and how we live it. Pausing our busyness so we can see what truly matters in life. It’s not about paying the bills, the hustle, the urgency of getting things done to move on to the next pressing matter. It’s about pausing to spend time with yourself or enjoy the simpleness of it all. Think about how much you control your life and how much does life control you. Ask yourself if it’s all really worth it after all is said and done. Ponder on how you can change that going forward.
Taking this time to reflect on life and how you live it will bring clarity. You can not see to the bottom of things until everything has settled and all is calm. Find this calmness in your solitude. Dwell in its peace. Absorb all it has to offer. This is the silence the world needs. This is the peace everyone is searching for. Just for a moment in time to give enough space and thought to reset itself. Reset yourself.
Enjoy this cocoon COVID-19 has given you. Spend time really enjoying the moment whatever it may be. Write things down as it comes to you because like everything else in life, once this event is over the whole world will go back to the hustle and bustle. But you can’t control that. What you can do is control yourself and how you live it.
Reset to simpler measures within yourself. What no longer makes you happy stop doing that. What doesn’t bring you joy in life stop putting yourself in that situation. If it’s not meeting your basic needs for serenity and peace then it’s time to change in order for those needs to be met.
Reset yourself, reinvent your wheel in life, renew what has been forgotten inside of you. Rejoice in this moment life has given you. To find this peace again just stop your world to rest, reflect, and reset. Follow the words of Ghandi, “Be the change you wish to see in your world.” Your future self will thank you for it.