I received a Whatsapp video with the title 10th apple effect. One particular incident that was mentioned in the episode took my breath away. The person in the video talks about an old man in Italy who had recovered from COVID 19 cries when he was given the bill for using the ventilator. The authorities immediately checked with him whether he is unable to pay the money. He said, I have enough money to pay, but cried thinking about one thing.
What is that ONE THING? Let us find out
In these CoVID ( Can overcome Virus Intelligently and Decisively) times, I have built a routine of spending a good 1 hr in the morning on things that make me fully alive. I’ve decided to be moderate and save for the future, have a sense of gratitude and decide to choose what kind of daily bytes of information I want to take internally.
One daily routine is going through YouTube videos of my role models, be it a motivational person or contemporary podcasters. In one such video where the title attracted me was 7 Useful THINGS You Can DO in ISOLATION! (STOP Watching NETFLIX!) | COVID-19 Update. It was a long video I saw it for a couple of minutes and then looked at the comments section which I do rarely. There was one such comment which got my attention which I am reproducing it down.
We fell asleep in one world and woke up in another.
Suddenly Disney is out of magic. Paris is no longer romantic. New York doesn’t stand up anymore. The Chinese wall is no longer a fortress, and Mecca is empty.
Hugs and kisses suddenly become weapons, and not visiting parents and friends become an act of love.
Suddenly you realise that power, beauty and money are worthless and can’t supply the oxygen you’re fighting for.
The world continues its life and it is beautiful. It has only put humans in cages and it’s sending us a message:
“You are not necessary. The air, water, earth and sky without you are fine. When you come back, remember that you are my guests, not my masters.”
It was a Saturday afternoon and I asked my wife what we have planned for lunch. She told me in an instant that we have a lot of food in the refrigerator. But not sure you and kids will eat it as all of you did not like it last time. My wife has been spending a lot of time checking master chefs like Ranveer Brar.
I regained some energy and said that we will “repurpose” the food, mix and fix. The next 30 minutes were spent in creating a cocktail of dishes. At the end when I tasted it I guaranteed that it is tasting well and suggested we label it under a new name. My wife was not convinced, so in between she said we can get that bread out and serve in case they didn’t like this concoction of dishes. I responded that bread by itself is a meal, let us save it for another day. Just before the conversation with my wife, we both had seen a news channel and it had a clip of all the famous people cooking and enjoying at home. It had one key message, “In these times whatever you are cooking, please ensure that you don’t waste as there are a lot of people who can’t afford one meal. That was a poignant moment and I was happy that we did not waste at the end of it. The kids embraced the new dishes and we could finish all of the leftovers. I looked at the food inside the refrigerator as a gift and it was on me to make it palatable.
Let me share what that old Italian man said, ” He said I do not have any shortage of money, I was only crying that I have not paid any money for the air I have been breathing so far in my life.”
In this COVID times, what is that one thing you would like to reflect on?