Become a better person
If you are not in the frontline fighting COVID 19, consider yourself lucky to be given this deep pocket of time even if it is enforced on you.
Nobody likes to be confined. Freedom is the ultimate goal, even more than love and even life, it is said. But for the sake of overcoming this highly contagious virus, we have to bite the bullet and ensure that the world is safe again.
We have been too caught up in activity every day, living our lives and chasing our goals continuously that we never really took a step back to reflect.
I think this has been a worldwide phenomenon until the COVID-19 crisis causes us to pull the brakes on what we are pursuing and literally on everything else.
However, humans will eventually triumph. History has shown time and again, in many disasters unimaginable, we can overcome and progress on
Meanwhile, it benefits us to utilize this time fruitfully, whether it is to advance our career, make up for lost time with loved ones, search our religion for answers and assurance, or to look for something interesting to focus on. Now is the time.
When the economy gets rebooted, we will get caught up again in the never-ending pursuit of goals and information as the world would certainly not stop, not when human beings are so innovative and progressive.
The lockdown makes me realise the following:
1 I need to develop more skills. Though I love my career, one needs versatility and even survival skills so to speak in case a calamity of this nature happens again.
We cannot depend on one trade or one skill. Putting all your eggs in one basket, traditionally put.
If I cannot do A, I can do B. For this reason, I am glad that I took up a course in website building which I felt was very important.
Many businesses have gone out of the brick and mortar model to online presence. During this period, I found time to spruce up my website which was not satisfactorily done from the lack of time.
2 I finally went into business with my e-commerce site which I have learned the year before but did not find time to make it work. Now, it is operational and I needed to look for suitable products.
I discovered that there are many generous people online who were willing to share their knowledge on almost any skill. Through YOUTUBE, I was able to make my e-commerce site fully functional.
Information is unlimited in cyberspace that it may even be better than attending a workshop but we need passion and persistence.
There was time to think about relevant products. It dawned on me that my domestic helper is an amazing cook, so I documented her cooking in detail including the use of photography.
During this time, I was able to learn about the creation of ebooks so I set up her cooking ebook which made her very happy. I believe that it would lead to a passive income.
This would be a good idea to share with other people who would like to work from home, free from the constraints of the corporate world.
There is more time to ponder and read, to work on articles for Medium. There are many great books waiting to be read. My interest in reading has been rekindled in the course of finding activities to pass the days.
There is so much to learn to keep up with the changes- zoom and webinar are currently hot subjects and have proved indispensable to running meetings, education, and business.
Most important, don’t gripe. I see this happen every day around me and on social media. It is better to volunteer your help in any way- raise funds, give your services or offer words if encouraging to others.
Complaining is a waste of time- against the government, the people, the system, etc. Things do not change anyway when we make noises.
Humans are rational enough to come up with options and rescue plans though the waiting process has been painful all over the world.
It is also futile to fret as it serves no purpose.
The least we could do is change ourselves for the better. Take this time to excavate your potential and develop to the fullest. Or look for a highly effective person and emulate his ways.
Crisis either causes regress or progress depending on the will of the people.”
― Abhijit Naskar