Let Empathy Be The Medicine The World Needs Right Now
As the ongoing pandemic takes over our regular lifestyle and existence, let us come together to share each other’s woes and ease the tension in the air.
Credits: The New York Times
As most of us are aware, Coronavirus disease or COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by WHO on 11th March 2020. While earlier the focus of spread was centred on China, it has now transferred to almost every nook and corner of the world. To save the lives of those affected by it, our frontline workers are risking their lives daily by stepping out of their homes to protect us from extreme possibilities.
However, not everyone is fortunate enough to be with their families as a result of the ongoing pandemic and chaos. Be it the helpless migrant workers, labourers or anyone and everyone who is away from their families because of various externalities imposed on them due to the lockdown. No one voluntarily wants to be devoid of the warmth and comfort of their homes.
Let ‘empathy’ or the need to understand each other be the medicine that the world needs right now.
Sometimes, don’t you wish that you could tell people around you that there are things they can be ‘sure’ of amid all the uncertainties that surround us: That they would go for a certain trip or meet a certain person or they’ll be wealthier and healthier or maybe that they’ll fulfil their dreams soon. Imagine if you could tell them that they’ll heal right now, or in two weeks or in a year with whatever they are suffering from or that they’ll gain happiness in no time. We all wish we could assure them about so many things but we can’t, we just can’t you know.
Then, in such times, all you can do is let out your hand and let them know that “nothing happens with absolute assurance”. Of course, things like living and dying are not in our hands, things that we want to have or things that we would want to see come to life can happen only by moving ahead- by letting go. It is in our hands to grow and choose the direction we would like to grow in by accepting what is there in the present and what took place in the past. If we keep worrying about what is going to happen tomorrow, then we are surely nullifying the beauty of what is taking place today, in front of our eyes, no matter how good or bad it is. If we have this power to see and feel what’s going on around us, then we are eligible enough to witness the magic of an unexpected uncertainty in this web of certainties. And this is what can keep us going better: wherever it is that we are going.
With this mere act of empathising with someone who lacks motivation in their lives, you’ll not only help them in innumerable ways but will also be able to bring positivity in your own life. In situations like these where we have no idea about what is going to happen the very next minute, let us, the privileged ones, lend our efforts and attention to those who need it the most. For you know, hurdles like these will come and go.
Originally published at https://www.fuzia.com.