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Day 7

#BeSmarterThanTheVirus


Day 7.

What is common to Uncle Ben from Spider man, Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein and the French revolution and now most of us who follow the curfew?

While you figure this one out, hey cheers! One week done. See. That was all it took.

And many of us sat at home and well, did one of the following in differing proportions (in addition to the household chores): 1. Thought about the virus, panicked 2. Thought about our jobs/ our family's jobs, panicked 3. Read social media messages, panicked and read some inspiring messages 4. Made certain resolutions and broke them after day 2. 5. Did not think at all- went blank as we stared at empty roads (then panicked a little). 6. Seethed with rage at crowded places or news of crowded areas (along with mini panic) 7. Realized how essential so many of our social members are. 8. A bunch of other stuff (just to complete the list)

While we worry, the disease is confused- India- 1 billion plus, yet it is struggling to show numbers.

Maybe it is early, but we hope we are doing somethings right.

As I told a brilliant friend of mine, this storm may pass beneath many of us who sit on the clouds of privilege.

We may gradually realise:

1. We are lucky to be safe, and able to physically isolate ourselves from society. This is a privilege.

2. We are lucky that many of us will be able to follow the curfew and instructions till the next few weeks. This is a privilege. It will protect us, our friends and our loved ones, and encourage healthy practices for a healthy nation.

Congratulations! We are powerful! And we are smarter than the virus!

And we can use this power to stop panicking and think responsibly in the coming days.

We can use this power to think positively of solutions to help the healthcare staff, the elderly, those who are poor (and invisible), and those facing multiple other medical challenges.

That brings me back to the question I started with: "What is common to Uncle Ben from Spider man, Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein and the French revolution and now most of us who follow the curfew?."

The following quote has been connected to all four of them and now, more than ever, it applies to all of us:

"With great power, comes great responsibility."

Rise and shine, we start the second week.

Mahesh.

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