Monday 20 April 2020

Remain disciplined: My 18th letter to my Grandchildren documenting lessons from COVID-19 times

{This is the 18th 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 , 10 , 11 ,1213 141516 and 17 can be found here} 

21 April 2020
4:54 a.m. 
28th day of Lockdown

Good morning, my dearest!

Did you pray today? Did you join your hands and looked up to thank Almighty for all that he has given you, the first thing in the morn? It is the best way to begin our day, my child, with a heart full of gratitude. Having positive feelings in the morn ensures we have a great day no matter how many adverse circumstances arise  because it prepares our heart and mind to face the challenges calmly and affirmatively. But most importantly,  did you get up on time?

I am asking this because no matter what I have taught you in my previous letters, you will be able to use those lessons in practical only if you value time. If there is one virtue I place above all, it undoubtedly is Self-discipline. Time is our most precious asset. It waits for no one. You have to ensure that you keep doing things on time to make the most of it for yourselves or else you miss the boat forever.

During these lock down days, many people wake up by 9 or 10 or even 11 instead of their routine of 6 a.m. to go to work or school or do the chores, for at the hindsight of their minds they are treating these difficult #COVID19 times as some sort of paid holidays. When they get up late they are late for everything and start cribbing. They go to bed late too and complain about their life becoming a total mess. The lady of the house has another battle with everyone having a different time for having their food. She is sulking in the kitchen and remembering the days when she had some precious time for herself. All this has happened because our self discipline has gone for a toss.

When we don’t commence our day on time, our brain throws our body into a frenzy and we fret over missing on our plans for the beautiful day ahead. Spending our mornings sleeping is the most worthless use of our most productive time of the day. Some people argue that this helps them get lesser anxious thoughts about the Corona situation as they sleep more. I would say sleep on time and take a good night’s sleep of 8 hours and you can’t be a happier soul. I sleep like a baby as I sleep early and get up early and also get loads of time to do the things I love at the beginning of the day. This makes me happy and I exude the same happy vibes throughout the day.

When the lock down began, my routine got altered miserably for a few days for who doesn’t like hugging their family and sleep a little extra but then I took a pen and paper and chalked out my new routine. Sticking to it approximately gives me ample of me time despite all the household chores and cooking because the times are allotted and are being adhered to stringently. One may just find it difficult for the first few days but shall eventually love the comfort discipline provides us. It is the strongest tool for us to be in control of ourselves. Value time and it shall value you in return.

These days kids are having a virtual school and your dad gets up in time to attend his Skype, Zoom and Webex classes and submits his assignments on time mostly. This is when he has just one notebook and one pen in his total stationary which he has carried here from home to write his articles. he had divided it into ten sections, one for each subject. His discipline to attend the offline sessions too, with equal diligence, I trust, will help him in the long run. I have been so keen on having my family routine set and I am glad things are better now, your grandpa too now gets up by eight and does pranayam. Your dad and I are happy to join him before the virtual school commences at 8:30 a.m. We can engage in so many activities which we really want to do if we are disciplined and have some time in hand. 

So child a lesson that these terribly claustrophobic COVID times teach us is that whether in our normal life or during our home confinement, we must remain disciplined and value time and is shall really benefit us in more ways than we can imagine. Will write to you again tomorrow, my little sunshine.

Sending your way lots of happiness 
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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