There are trees near my house, one which stands the test of all times and all seasons.
We see parked motorcycles, black plums and amidst them children playing and people peeping from their balconies of the pale red buildings to get a dose of their share of entertainment. I usually get to see these faces while sipping my cup of tea.
From morning to night, the people pass by in the hustle of their lives, like I myself do too. But in the days that went by, I could only see them by looking at their eyes. No, it’s not a poetic expression! It’s the expression of lives suddenly being wary, of eyes dripping fear and anxiety, and looking out for loved ones; and with masks covering the faces.
You know what’s surprising? I wasn’t the only one who had the same view. It was the same for millions of people around the world. Not knowing what they were fighting up against, but running over and entering isolation, to fight against the spread of Coronavirus (COVID19).
You know, at times like these what becomes the most critical?
The need for positivity! Not just by smiling at the person who crosses by because we are mastering to only understand emotions through their eyes. The well spring of happiness would come forth when we embrace rather than shun away people with racial slurs or forget that there are people who might not be able to afford sanitizers, soaps and/or have running water; things that we see as “basic necessities.”
The theme for this year’s International Day of Happiness campaign is ‘Happiness for All, Together’. We are forced to be torn apart by our structures, and usually the conversation would whirl around who scored what on the Happiness Index, and the mirror of truth should definitely make us clean it, to make a better reality, together.
As we face a global crisis (together) which has made isolation as the crux of our being, remember to not be at the off shore from engaging with the ones who need assistance in any form (maybe the electronic gadgets at your perusal would be of purposeful help, now!)
Let’s just show the actual potential that we all have in us and that is, to bring out the best in human nature, and send our boxes of love and maybe say a different prayer while going to bed,
“We have different mountains and rivers, but we share the same sun, moon, and sky.”