COVID-19 Exposes Us, In A Good Way

Source: newscientist.com

This outbreak is heartbreaking. There is no other way to describe it. Seeing the numbers go up every day doesn’t make it better either. But even in these trying times, there is something good that came out of COVID-19 unexpectedly.

No, I am not talking about the disease. The disease is bad, really bad. I am merely talking about the situation that the disease puts us in. It has been 1 week since the Movement Control Order is in effect. For those of us who are at home, it is likely that we are with our family for the whole week.

There is a chance that we are not used to spending that much time with our family.

For the vast majority of us, we have day jobs from 8 to 5. Meaning, we are not home for half the day and we are away from our family for half the day. But now, we are put in a circumstance to be with our family at home.

Without any distractions to keep us busy, we have to look at each other and face the issues we have forgotten or chosen to ignore. I mean, how much Netflix can we actually take before we have to look at each other and talk?

Communication is the key to any relationship, more so in a family. Without communication, there is no real bond. Without a real bond, there is no real trust. It is quite sad that we have families now that have abandoned healthy communication for such a long time and they just endure each other’s company.

When in fact, they should be enjoying each other’s company.

COVID-19, even with all its ugliness, actually shines a much needed light on the state of our family. Do we really have a healthy relationship with our own family, or do we see each other as strangers? Do we talk to each other about the things that matter, or do we keep it in and hoping to forget it with the next distraction?

Since we have all this time with each other, I guess there is no better time to think about it. Take this 14 days of opportunity to break away from our normal routines and to look deeply in ourselves and in our family.

The Movement Control Order is not a punishment. It is a blessing in disguise; a rare opportunity to reflect.

When was the last time you had the opportunity to reflect for 14 days?