LOCKED-DOWN: CAGED OR AN OPPORTUNITY IN DISGUISE?

So what is the first thing that comes to your mind, when you hear the word “Locked”? Loss of freedom, Imprisonment, a safety tool or a precautionary weapon? You see, it is all about perception.

The world is in chaos right now. Thousands have been shot across the globe, not with guns or roses but with an outbreak of the very famous “Coronavirus”. Spreading rapidly, it’s on its way and with no destination, it seems arrived. It has rooted its seed, leaving no traces behind. Precaution by staying home seems to be the only drug that can stop giving life to Corona.

Now, are we cribbing to be locked in our respective homes? Well, let me assume the answer depends on how well one is actually aware of the consequences of stepping out at times like these. How about utilizing this given opportunity to the optimum use by staying indoors. Some may be working from home, some may have found a new hobby or some maybe bored to death. Again, perception, you see!

So, while we are sitting at home and battling against corona, allow me to bring to you kind notice that the air is fresh, waters are clean and the roads are pollution-free. In short, Mother Nature is healing. Are we?

This Lockdown has proved, no amount of money can keep you safe from this virus. No piece of expensive clothing, shape of body, color, caste or religion can make this virus surpass you. 

I hope this lockdown is opening doors to various realizations and teaching us to spend our time on things or people, which didn’t matter then. 

  • Spending Quality Time with your family. 
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So, when was the last time, you went on a vacation for more than a week with your family, to a destination called “Home”. Agreed, we were all surrounded with so much stress, negativity and work pressure, we thought happiness is only outdoors. This is the time wherein one can fill the communication gaps, clear the air of misunderstandings, have healthy conversations, get to know each other well and mutually work on bringing back the lost spark in relationships. 

  • Being contented with what we have and that is enough.
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Now, let’s be honest, no Swiggy or Zomato can replace the warmth of love in food cooked in our very own kitchen, which is way healthier and good for our pocket too. How about, taking this as an opportunity to try few recipes for those who don’t know to cook or maybe even jolt them down for future. I hope we have come in terms with the fact that, this Lockdown is teaching us to appreciate and be satisfied with what we have by practicing Minimalism.

  • Patience level put to test. 
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For introverts, this lockdown may be a boon, but for extroverts, it may not be so. Imagine, if it was not a lockdown due to a virus but an actual WAR? Would you still crib about not able to go out? Would you still crib about nothing to do at home? Then why crib now? At the end of the day, the moral of the story is to embrace the situation, learn to survive and acknowledge that we are privileged and not rant about it. Learn to be patient, in the process.

  • Building Values.
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Teach our children resilience, the art of survival, life skills and gratitude. Respect each other, overcome greed and motivate sharing. Learn what humanity is all about. No profession is small. I hope we make sense of things and I hope we get to live them very soon. Let us look forward to continue carrying the lessons learned in the coming days and hope it won’t wither away with this lockdown.

What is Isolation for me?  “A destination, one should frequently travel to, to rejuvenate oneself.” I hope and I pray, we all are rejuvenating ourselves, knowingly or unknowingly. So, stop cribbing, slow down and live the moment.

We are soldiers battling for our Nation and our family. 

Stay Safe and Remain Healthy.

Take good care of yourself.

(Visit Ms. Archana Dipu’s personal blog at INKEDTREATS )

12 thoughts on “LOCKED-DOWN: CAGED OR AN OPPORTUNITY IN DISGUISE?

  1. Hey Archana!

    First of all, welcome to the family of Candles Online!

    It is wonderful to know that this is your first article ever that you wrote on my request. I am so happy to motivate you to write this. Thank you for honouring my request.

    About the article, it is very well written as I was expecting and I loved the point where you mentioned about Patience. In this world of rat race, we lack patience and perseverance big time. These smart phones, quick services, fast food and becoming rich overnight have made us impatient.

    Congratulations for being published for the first time here.

    Regards, CP

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    1. Hi Chiradeep,

      Fist and foremost thank you so much for the warm welcome. It’s an honor to be a part of the Candles Online family.

      Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity and triggering me to write on this topic. I am extremely happy that this is my first and I owe this to you.

      Will continue penning my thoughts.

      Thank you once again.

      Regards,

      Archana Dipu.
      Inkedtreats.

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  2. ..and the Candles Online family has one new member. Atleast that makes me feel so much better-until today I was the ‘newest member’ to join😊
    Welcome Archana!
    Best to look at everything life throws at us from now on as…an opportunity. The only way out of this is positivity-no cribbing, grumbling or complaining.

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  3. Dear Archana welcome to the Candles family. You have penned down a beautiful, well thought article. With family, time on our side this could sure be an opportunity to think and act wisely and of course enhance our wisdom and moments to ponder later. Kudos to you.

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  4. Honestly I am trying to see this as an opportunity. I spend most of my time at home anyway – it sounds ruthless but I enjoy having this time for me and my family, without constant visits that don’t allow me to work on my blog and books! Great content by the way!

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