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Day 8

#BeSmarterThanTheVirus


"How long does a cold take to get better? 7 days without treatment...... And with treatment?... One week" -One of the modern medical aphorisms


Day 8.

We start the second week of the Indian edition of the global fight against Covid-19.

Today, many people feel restless. Alas, there is nothing like a half marathon equivalent of a two week lockdown or a 21 day curfew. No shortcuts!

Stick to the plan friends!

Meanwhile, many frustrating thoughts creep out of the mess that this incarceration has wrought. The first few days of the crisis had stunned a lot of hatred in our hearts into silence, but we are bored now, and the hate and anger is coming back.

Don't believe me? Check your phone messages today, and identify how many of those messages have actually helped you become stronger and better today?

The best antidote to this negativity is patience and love.

We need a different sort of courage to deal with hatred and ignorance. And we have the time now to do it very consciously.

Let us spread the good word. See the good around us.

While many of us will look for the dark lining in every silver cloud, we have to spend these trying days with patience, looking for light in the darkest places.

And yes, we will find it every day.

We would need to physically distance ourselves from the virus, and electronically from these negative messages!

Encourage those around us to follow good cough, sneeze hygiene, and cover our faces with simple masks or a double folded cloth over the nose if we have to step out for grocery or essentials.

This fight is simple!

The truth is, we will never be able to see the good that we have done by preventing millions of infections by our good deeds. But please know that we have saved lives today.

Let us continue to do it, regardless of the anonymity of it all. Because someone, somewhere is saying a silent prayer for us, as we do for them.

This sort of kindness requires a lot more strength of character - it requires a lot more patience and resilience.

Remember, we can choose how to spend this time, and when we look back, we will know how important this would have been.

"It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important".

“It is the time I have wasted for my rose—” said the little prince, so that he would be sure to remember......

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince.

Love,

Mahesh.

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