Sunday 12 April 2020

Kal ho naa ho, the power of now: My 11th letter to my Grandchildren documenting lessons from COVID-19 times

{This is the 11h post of the series where I will be writing 26 Letters to my Grandchildren about life and lessons during these tricky COVID19 times. 

Letter1, 2 , 3 , 56 , 78 ,9  and 10 can be found here}

13 April
Vadodara, 6:43 a.m. 

Hello to the apple of our eyes,

So wish to see the twinkle in your gleaming eyes. Do you also get a dimple on your cheek when you smile? I really hope I will live through your birth and get to see you before taking up my heavenly journey. 

Today, I am late in writing to you and that’s because your dad’s virtual school have commenced last week. Teachers are facing a lot of technical glitches as they are not savvy in this online medium of teaching. Nevertheless, they are recording their sessions and giving assignments to the kids. 

Self-study mode is on for your paa now and since this is the first time he is foraying into subjects like physics, chemistry, biology, history, geography, etc., he is having a real roller coaster ride as an eleven-year-old. But that’s where the lessons of life are embedded. We have to believe in the power of now because Kal Ho Naa Ho and make the most of our today😊.

Honestly, I have never been so mindful of the power of now like I am today. The onus is upon us to make the best of every moment we are living in and I understand this is such an irony as the #COVID19 times are just not conducive at all. 

But believe me, this is true to any era and time, my kid, do what you always wished to, today, as if there is going to be no tomorrow, this is the biggest lesson I have assimilated in this lifetime. For example, if you intend to write a book, commence your journey today when there’s a will, there’s always a way. If you shall desire to do it with all your heart, you will be astonished to see, how things will automatically fall in place. It has happened to me so many times. 

Living here in Vadodara for almost a month now and having barely a few pair of clothes, a few utensils, and very limited groceries, it is but natural that I often reach the verge of losing my sanity but then I re-iterate to myself I am still one of the lucky ones who is getting these, there are so many who don’t have this privilege either and thank the almighty for it. 

This gives me my strength back for today and I live it with a smile as wide as river Nile. It helps me reignite my soul and channelize my energies towards my goals. Often my guided mindfulness meditation sessions aid me too and I recommend them to all. There is no need to hide our anxiety in these times and share it with someone wise among our family or friends, to lighten our heart and mind from the burden of the obnoxious thoughts.

I have always been a voracious planner but these days I work on my today as I have realized the power of now for I have no idea at all what shall happen tomorrow. I still plan but now I only plan my today and if I survive my today, tomorrow again I will plan my today. In my plan for today, I have my smiling time, creative time, divine time, family time, fitness time, finishing house chores time and free time. Sounds weird to you right but it helps dear if you set aside a fixed time for everything especially if you are locked down in your home for over three weeks already. There are facts to prove it. Many of my favorite inspirational writers have time and again written on this vital subject and I do understand them now. 

‘Kal ho naa ho’ also teaches us how each one of us has a responsibility on our shoulders in these testing times, that Kal ho aur ek sundar suhana kal ho. If we have been asked to stay indoors, follow social distancing, wash our hands multiple times with soap and use face masks to avert the spread of coronavirus, we must follow it under all circumstances today so that tomorrow gets better, maybe the number of cases come under control and the disease curve flattens. Amen! 

It is tricky kid, really tricky! The need of the hour is to have our heads firmly on our shoulders and live in our today weaving happy moments with our loved ones. That reminds me of how these corona times are also given us a glimpse of true love. I will write to you about it tomorrow sweetheart. Take care of yourself! Enjoy your today 😊

Smearing your forehead with kisses
Your granny


Hi Everyone, thanks for dropping by, this is my fifth consecutive #BlogchatterA2Z as well as global #AtoZchallenge and this year I will be writing ‘26 letters to my grandaughter’ with a special purpose which shall unfold as you read this series. In case you wish to check out what I wrote in the previous 4 challenges here are the links 201620172018 and 2019

Truly Yours Roma

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