Living in the Coronage – Lessons To Be Learnt
Of the millions of species on the Planet, human beings are considered to be the most intelligent and evolved by human beings. Documented literature and history, and theory of rebirth and reincarnation, all speak of the same; that we evolve from the smallest of species to humans, and then ultimately merge with the Universe…
As we go from lockdown to lockdown, are there any good lessons or stories that can inspire humanity? Are there hidden heroes among us, who have gone beyond their call of duty? Can those stories turn us all around and then justify the tag that we have given to ourselves?
Let me start in no order and quote a few examples that I have seen, in the limited physical zone that I am part of; a Residential Community of 80 plus houses, and a city called Kochi, that I live in. These are living examples, I did not want to borrow from what I have read, for there are many!
Jose, an auto driver, whose business is driven by our community, and one who starts his day at about 8 AM in the morning, is a pleasant, 65+ year old person. As the first lockdown started, he turned himself around to a person who can safely transport people from this community, and provide the added help needed. He became the delivery person for groceries and medicines and was among the first to equip his auto with the safe Covid barrier and sanitizer. Always available, he is a boon to the community. His charges are reasonable, he is a safe driver and he adapted himself well to the changed needs of the community.
Anbu, the silent person, one who irons all our clothes promptly, did the same. His transport is a bicycle, and would pick small number of groceries and deliver to the elderly people’s homes, especially the ones who were in quarantine.
The Community Health Care near us, one of the best, needed help with resources, as in furniture and medicines. We in the community pooled the same and provided that, within a short period of time. They are very approachable and in these times, all calls are attended to and the right guidance provided. There is a doctor on service and a dispensary too.
The Residents Association is ever ready to help. Always reachable with deep concern for all the residents, the members personally call the elderly often, and also the Covid affected homes, for any help that can be provided. Exceptionally good support was provided to people who tested positive, helping them with food and other needs. A new initiative attempts to pool funds to help the residents and support staff who are in distress. Vegetable farming related information was constantly shared to keep the residents engaged and healthy.
The yoga center conducted free yoga lessons to the residents via Google Meet. People who run the Centre are also available to speak with the residents and advise them on how to stay happy and healthy, during these trying times.
The mom-and-pop grocery stores around us, with almost zero staff for delivery, adapted too. A phone call or WhatsApp order, and the list gets delivered by the end of the day. Google Pay, it is, and it is amazing how quickly they have adapted.
And then there are those elders, who know the challenges, and post positive messages in the community group, each morning. For in these days of negative news all over, these little nuggets are life’s ray of hope and the nectar to drink; we all need that positive inspiration!
Not to forget Sarada, the lady who is part of the Corporation team that takes care of collecting and disposing waste. She has a clear idea on how to help the homes that have Covid affected members, and with a smile, deals with those residents and houses, with ease. Her commitment to her profession is inspirational!
For me, personally, this period led to a much quitter, inner journey, and a period, where when I walk on the terrace, I can appreciate life a lot better. Almost all of what I used to observe as a child, staring at Nature and the Sky, came rushing back. The beautiful formation of birds as they fly in flocks in the evening, the chirping of a variety of birds early in the morning, the tiny buds and blooming flowers, as the sun rises and shines brightly without fail, each day, the rustle of leave, and the gentle swaying of those delicate branches of the tall trees all around, from whom I could learn, the strong, silent, purpose of life. the wide swaying of a betel nut tree, whose slender and tall demeanor, and its resilience during strong winds, helped me reflect, on what a strong rooted foundation can do, to sustain the tough times that we all will experience.
We humans have still a lot to learn. We have the gift to think and reflect. We must not lose our connect with Nature and its subtle messages, for there are many. We must not lose our ability to observe from the other species and imbibe those qualities in us.
And via the small gestures as above, as we saw from the hidden heroes, we must come together and realize that we are all inter-dependent with each other, and Nature will only support us, if we are in balance with it. For Nature, and the Universe, is billions of years old, and has extreme intelligence. It observes, and it knows. What else can explain the fact, that for countless years, the Earth has been orbiting the sun, tilted at precisely 23.5 degrees, rotates in 24 hours and revolves around the sun in 365 days?
Let us use this period for internal reflection. The inner journey can make us all a lot wiser. And hopefully, adapt, and morph, and change, and then collectively work towards restoring the balance of Nature. Covid then, might have a positive purpose, for us all.
For we humans, are gifted with the power to reflect and think. If those are in the right direction, we can truly justify the tag, as the most intelligent and evolved species, amongst the millions of species, on this Planet!