Do you think that the pandemic has succeeded in making the world softer – a gentler and better place?
“What on earth can we do to make this sad and beautiful world a little softer for everyone?”― Shannan Martin, The Ministry of Ordinary Places: Waking Up to God’s Goodness Around You
Making The World Softer
Today marks one year since India began to lock down to stop the spread of Covid-19. This is the day last year that India’s Prime Minister called for people to acknowledge the contribution of doctors and nurses to the fight against the pandemic, little realizing that it was just the beginning. He also urged people to make a noise at 5 pm! And people went berserk – moving around in large news and banging pots, pans, drums, firing crackers etc! People thought the noise would chase away the virus! Sadly, this noisy response was not what our country needed.
Shortly afterwards, we witnessed thousands of migrant labourers and their families stranded and jobless walking hundreds of kilometers back home. While the Government played their games, many organizations and individuals reached out to help these hapless people with food and transport. While I tried to do my bit, gathering resources, buying groceries and connecting people to resources, I was constantly moved by the scores of people who went above and beyond to help. Their actions are what made the world a kinder and softer for others.
How has the year changed me?
I’ve written a post about what 2020 taught me. But today, one year later, I’m asking myself if how I feel about the world and my contribution towards making it a kinder place. I know, there’s so much more that I can do to make life easier for those who really need it.
For me, the year has taught me to be kinder to those in need and to stand up to those who are oppressing them. We’ve had to fight battles on behalf of stray dogs in our housing complex that people want to get rid of. The year saw me being threatened with violence and having to go to the police station in the midst of a pandemic. But I’m glad that we were not alone in this. Apart from some people in the colony who also feed strays, we were able to connect to a wide network of generous souls who go above and beyond to save street dogs and other animals. Their selfless work is truly making this world a softer place.
A year into the pandemic how do you feel about the world?
As I mentioned in my post last week, #MondayMusings will no longer have a linky. I will be linking in at Anita Ojeda’s Inspire Me Monday instead.
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