The lockdown in India is until May 31st (at least as of now). Things have started to open up gradually in our city, so it seems the right time to look back on what we’ve got out of this experience.
The Lockdown Silver Linings
With the very short notice that we in India got about the lockdown, it was easy to panic. Easy to wonder how we would manage for food and other essentials. Even more worrying was the need to ensure that our dogs got their food.
Nothing quite prepares us for a situation like this, does it? But the realization that we were all in it together, made it easier. This was not a time to panic, to fight any battles at the supermarket, or to give into despair. These times called for a cool head, thinking practically and above all, kindness.
I won’t bore you with the details of how we managed, but we did and for that I’m grateful. And that’s what this post is really all about – gratitude. That’s what I’ve been focusing on it all through the lockdown. And the Lockdown Silver Linings Tag is a great way to express my gratitude.
Gratefulness is a setting of the heart, one that I can choose like a wavelength on the radio.Susan Mazrolle
There was no shortage of food supplies in our city. Thankfully too, the prices of fresh vegetables and fruits and other essentials remained at the usual levels.
Since we are restricting the number of times we go out to shops, we’ve learnt to plan our meals more efficiently and manage with what we have. We’ve been eating healthy, with a decision not to order in. In the past, if we didn’t have a meal planned, we’d just log into a food app and order in.
Also, in trying to manage with the supplies we have and add variety, we’ve been trying out new dishes and slowly adding to the list of food we can make. Incidentally, I’m not a strictly by-the-book cook, so usually we have a once-in-a-lifetime version of a dish each time I cook! 😉
After the initial days, we also managed to rework our schedules to do a lot more. We’re getting up earlier and being more particular about meal timings.
We had been doing the in-house chores ourselves for a couple of months, but we had regular help with some portions of the house – the largish balcony and the small yard. But while continuing to pay our help, we decided not to compromise on our health and have added these chores to our list too. We’ve learned to be more self-reliant and honestly all these additional physical tasks have kept us healthier, barring a few aches and pains.
More recently, we’ve started going for walks together in the evenings instead of our separate walks. This gives us more time to talk.
On the work front, I managed to move the beta training course online and we’re near the end despite some longish pauses in the recent weeks. Overall, the two participants seemed to have gained from it, and it gave me an idea for what I can do with future courses. I’ve also launched a podcast which I’m working on putting out more regularly going forward. At present, I’ve got quite a few paid projects on hand and plenty of books to read (and reviews to write!). I’m ever grateful for work in these hard times. It can help me to help more people too.
I’ve also reconnected with some people and have had really meaningful conversations.
Looking at all the suffering around us has been hard. I’ve tried to connect donors with causes and make some lasting connections with good people who were on the ground feeding the hungry and reaching out. We were able to make meaningful and timely contributions to help people without food.
The more that we allow our hearts to expand to love, deeply appreciate, and feel inextricably tied to the places, things and people of this world, the more we are likely to take a stand on behalf of what we value.Kristi Nelson
The pandemic has reaffirmed certain values we hold dear – brought them into sharper focus and helped us live more meaningfully.
What have the lockdown silver linings been for you? I’d love to hear in the comments or even better in a post on your blog/ on social media.