What Twenty-Twenty Has Taught Us ?…

What Twenty-Twenty Has Taught Us ?

What Twenty-Twenty Has Taught Us ?

COVID-19 is not just a medical challenge, but a spiritual challenge too. To defeat Covid humanity needs to follow the path of self-purification, compassion, nonviolence, God and the Nature.

—— Amit Ray

This corona virus appeared for the first time in Wuhan, China, at the end of 2019. People are affected by human to human transmission due to close contact. Because there is no registered medicine or vaccine against COVID-19, the immune system is the best defense because it supports the body’s natural ability to defend against pathogens. The physician must help public to try to improve immunity and immune response.

We lost so many celebrities in 2020 and lacs of common men. Some celebrities are Orson Bean (actor and comedian), Honov Blackman (actress), Chadwick Boseman (actor), Kobe Bryant (NBA Star), Ronald Bell (Singer and composer), Sean Connery (actor), Kirk Douglas (actor), Irfan Khan (actor), Diego Maradona (soccer star), Kelly Preston (actress and wife of John Travolta), Kenny Rogers( singer and song writer), John Saxon (actor), Sushant Singh Rajput (actor), and Soumitra Chaterjee(actor), Rishi Kapoor(actor), etc.

Some good things and some bad things happened in India and abroad in 2020, such as abrogation of article 370 in J&K, abolition of triple talaq, Ram mandir decision, Shaheen Bagh protest, kissan protest, Feb 23 roits happened in Delhi, Australian bushfire, Hongkong protest, wild animals wandered through deserted cities under lockdown and black lives matter protest. On Feb 11, The World Health Organization named the disease COVID-19 and on March 12, WHO declared COVID-19 outbreak as pandemic.

Time magazine declare 2020 the worst year ever.

Spirituality means the ability to find peace and happiness in an imperfect world. Acceptance, faith, forgiveness, peace and love are the traits that define spirituality for me. These characteristics always appear in those who achieve unexpected healing of serious illness.

Scientists believe the world runs on natural laws, which can be influenced by prayer for health gains. Physicians believe that supernatural healing occurs through auto suggestion and by combining the power of the body, mind and spirit. Belief in spirituality, religion and God has strong roots in India, with 95 per cent of Indians believing that their prayers will be answered. This is true and also scientific.

Hope is an optimistic state of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes with respect to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large. Hope is a motivational force that makes one more optimistic. Hope is a good tool to tackle both the physical and mental health illnesses. In terms of support for physical illness, research suggests that hope can encourage the release of endorphins and enkephalins, which help to block pain. The impact that hope can have on a patient’s recovery process is strongly supported through both empirical research and theoretical approaches.

Positive attitude is healing. Be positive in life. You must believe in yourself and your capabilities. Nothing on earth can hold your or obstruct your path of success other than yourself only. Try to control your thoughts not to stop but to change the direction of thoughts, think of happiness, success and well being, and do not allow negative thoughts to negativity and depression to enter your mind. It is not easy for you have to concentrate and practice. Lord Krishna explains this in Bhagvad Gita, “Selfish desire is found in the senses, mind, and intellect, misleading them and burying the understanding in delusion. Fight with all your strength, Arjuna! Controlling your senses, conquer your enemy, the destroyer of knowledge and realization”.

What we learned:

It is a leap year.

1. There is no right time to do a job, “just do it”, and don’t wait for future planning. Anything can happen anytime. Never take things for granted. Remember life is short.

2. Enjoy your hobby and passion. Whatever job you are doing you must do along with passion. Don’t waste time.

3. Spend quality time with your family. Pandemic gave us good time to pass with our near and dear ones. We came to know ourselves and family better. For the first time I enjoyed the company of trees, plants & roses of my garden which I never had earlier.

4. Look after your physical and mental health. It should be your priority to keep yourself in overall good health. When you are fit and healthy you can help your family and friends in their time of need.

5. Learn cooking as it helps you to engage yourself and be connected with family, specially kids and see what happened during this COVID pandemic. Family members are trying new dishes daily.

6. Practice spiritual practices daily such as deep abdominal breathing, meditation and yoga.

7. Pandemic made us bolder and braver. I attended all my OPDs and surgeries with required precautions and a prayer in my heart for self, patients and other team members. My assistant Mr. Rakesh Prasad was working devotionally to help patients with protecting gear. He was coming for his duties from Chattarpur, New Delhi to Gurgaon daily after initial few weeks. He was saying, “Sir now I am not afraid, the only thing important for me is that I have to take all required precautions of lockdown so to avoid getting infected and taking home this COVID. Medical health worker became braver and more confident and more aware of the importance of their services. They took real challenge and faced the pandemic as heroes.

8. No good news is small. Celebrate all good news however small i.e. birth days, kid getting good marks or appreciation at school. Every success, big or small personal or professional must be engaged and celebrated. This attitude uplifts the spirit.

9. Happiness – Happiness is the ultimate goal of our lives. It gives comfort to the body and brings peace to the soul. Happiness resides within us and not out of our body and soul, so do not search for it in worldly possessions.

10. Imperturbability – Be calm and strong and patient meet failures and disappointment with courage. Rise superior to the trials of life, and never give in to hopelessness or despair

11. Be patient

12. Be compassionate with yourself and others

13. Be grateful to almighty for the life and the day

2020 is special because that is the only year you are likely to live through wherein the first two digits will make the second two digits. Be spiritual, hopeful and positive.


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