Herd Immunity of a Different Kind

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While trying to avoid any infections of the vulnerable is our responsibility, it is important that we do it in the most holistic and helpful manner.

Taking precautions to prevent being a conduit in spreading the virus based on social distancing and hygiene guidelines is important. This can be augmented by strengthening our immune system. Good quality and timely sleep, exercises, fresh air, nutrition and being stress free is important to keep a strong immune system.

Stress happens when we are blessed with responsibility and when we look at such responsibility in a negative way. This negative approach to our responsibilities causes anxiety and anxiety is a result of not knowing. When we don’t know we tend to speculate, we tend to listen to gossip, we tend to believe unverified information coming our way. We make matters worse when we spread such information without knowing its accuracy and authenticity. The receiver believes such information if they trust us, and they spread it on. 

Therefore, it is important to know the real facts. For starters compare the mortality rate of Covid with other diseases such as Ebola, SARS, Dengue etc. Compare it with the deaths by road accidents and other accidents created by man-made conditions such a poisoning of water, cutting of trees, modern day slavery etc. Compare the 99% rate of cure of Covid against the other causes of death. Consider the suicides, domestic violence and abuse caused by economic conditions resulting from loss in business due to mass scale lock downs. Studying all this information will help us realise that our anxiety and stress is blown out of proportion. Augment with this some meditation, mindful activity, time with nature, positive thinking and physical Wellness activities and find immunity.

Those who took this approach has had financial success, peace of mind, happiness and has been in a position to help those who were infected and families who lost loved ones. In the worst cases situation if such people reach mortality, they could transcend happily and peacefully given the state of mind at that point. If more people develop this mindset and approach to life, I believe we can develop herd immunity of a different kind to defeat the virus.

Wish you strong, successful, happy and purposeful living.

Finding Purposeful Balance

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Nature retaliated one year ago,

With a pandemic that dealt a severe blow

Men and women, Rich and poor, 

Black and white, and those in power,

All affected in some way, for better or worse,

Wondering how to make life flow,

The materialistic impact was in most of our mind,

health, economy, jobs, livelihood, and the kind,

This was real and we all respond at different levels,

World bodies, Governments, Businesses, NGO’s and individuals.

Masks, hand sanitisers, social distancing and lockdown,

Tests and vaccines for the virus to be knocked down,

Some helped us to take a step back from the dramatic, 

And reflect on the bigger purposes of the pandemic 

A reminder that this planet belongs to all forms of life, 

not just human beings, there are other beings with life,

 reminding us that our purpose is not to just enrich ourselves,

 but learn to co-exist and help others make a life for themselves. 

All’s not been rosy with abuse in families, 

People being discriminated and losing jobs in companies,  

Yet, people helping each other responding to needs of communities, 

The rich helping those are having financial difficulties, 

The poorer harvesting the crops and serving daily necessities,  

health care workers working to encourage recoveries, 

We are one eco-system, one life process that needs good balance. 

When we try to violate the principles of nature and upset the balance, 

the universal energy system will act to bring about the balance. 

Families have found togetherness, love and balance,

Teams have found trust, synergy and balance,

Society has found respect, compassion and balance,   

Love and compassion visibly growing, 

Much needed human values liberating,

Reigniting the consciousness of the need to coexist, 

Less pollution to ensure that life can exist,

The eco-system is gradually regaining its balance. 

Let’s take the learning and live a life of purposeful balance.

Slowing Down – Living life (a poem by Ranjan)

A photos taken at the Udawattakele rain forest in Kandy Sri Lanka – reminding us to let the sunshine through the clutter of life.

Frenzy of activity when the world went into pandemic mode,

Figuring out ways to be safe, sustain income, reduce cost, and stay afloat.

New ways of working from home, office or hybrid mode,

Going online to communicate, learn, teach, shop, work and stay aboard 

Months flew through birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, funerals and more,

Spiritual celebrations, special days and public holidays galore.

Learning a new way to be, sharing home space and more,

Balancing time between family and work, finding ways to be.

Governments, hospitals, law enforcement and all,

Had their plates full trying to keep us safe and well. 

Quarantine, testing, tracing, lockdowns enforced,

Masks, glows, sanitizers were used when forced.

While lockdowns and vaccines were invented for avoiding death,

We realised the need to choose life instead of avoiding death. 

As the new way of being became endemic,

As we learnt to live with the pandemic.

Back to work, travel, and celebrate cautiously,

Urgency and the frenzy slowing down progressively.

Pandemic had a purpose to help us live,

Life is for living so let’s happily live.

(an original poem by Ranjan De Silva)

The Moral Foundation of Value

The importance of value for organisational and personal purpose came into my radar about 25 years ago when I was in the mid thirties in age. I have incorporated this notion in my leadership development practice in developing leaders and helping them transform organisations. As I started inquiring in to this notion as a part of my doctoral studies a few years ago, having learnt to look at things critically from different paradigms, I realised the complexity of the notion of ‘values’.

Values being propagated and used by organisations and people, may be gimmicks in disguise if they are not supported by a moral base. For example the value ‘caring’ can result in disempowering the person being cared for, resulting in that person becoming dependent and vulnerable to the person who espoused the value, ‘caring’. ‘Caring’ can become a noble value when it is based on moral laws and noble intention. This may require finding empowering ways of caring. Telling the truth, even if it hurts. Allowing to struggle with the intention of making them strong. All of these may look uncaring, but the moral intention makes it ‘caring.

Reflecting on the value we endeavour to live by in a critical manner, therefore can help us understand its dark side. If we can then attache the value to a noble intention and moral law and articulate required behaviours, then perhaps we can use the to shape our life to be in service of the process of life and purposeful living.

Wish you purposeful living.