How’s it going under lockdown?
Hey, do you want to hear my new made-up pick-up line? I had to change it a bit because of sensitivity issues right now so the original version is not going to be shared right now, just the changed version because we are living in serious times and I don’t want to be disrespectful to anyone.
Here goes… any guy/man reading this just started a relationship or flirting with a girl right now? What do you think of this pickup line…? Will you use it on her?
“Hey, now I can get on with all my unfinished business. At least I know you won’t be going anywhere right now… besides, all competition is quarantined and locked down 😉.” – T. Dench Patel, 24 March 2020
Hey, hey… I bet you liked that one. See, I do have time for fun and I am not serious all the time. 😀
“So, what’s this article about?” you must be asking.
Okay, get yourself something to drink. I’ll wait for you ….
At the dinner table the other day we were discussing all the people dying, all the things that happened on earth and someone said something along the lines of, “Well, I wish all these things wouldn’t happen.” I had to be realistic, after all, we all wish that no one must die, but what is life then? We might as well be living in heaven or a fairy tale if that’s the case.
So, I asked, “Why do we have the four seasons then? Why do you think the snake sheds its skin? To grow.”
Now please don’t get me wrong, I don’t want more people to die, in fact, everyone right now wants the Coronavirus dead including me. I am referring to the cycle of life on a spiritual and emotional level.
Spring – We are born and have phases where we are rejuvenated
Summer – We have just become grown adults and can be independent. We find the fun in life.
Autumn – We have pain and scars
Winter – We let all the past that is no longer serving us die, wither away so that we are open and have more space to rejuvenate again.
How do you think you’ve become so knowledgeable and smart over time? How have you let go all those thoughts you had from seeing your cartoons, playing superhero games, (okay you still play on the console right up to today and the ladies sometimes still enjoy Disney movies), your boy games, barbie games, playing tea games etc? You’ve been bullied, eventually, other children your age can be mean or insinuate that you are childish, you feel pain in the words they say to you and you are torn apart when they isolate from you (Oh, boy… now we have forced isolation). Perhaps your siblings or parents perhaps think it’s time you grow out of things. It’s funny right, when we’re young we just want to grow up so quickly and do grown up things. We let our childlike behaviours go, even the ones that supposed to be good for us because of what others would say or think. There right, right there, that what I just stated is when you begin living in a world where you are concerned about what others think. It dominates who you are supposed to be. You seek acceptance because you don’t want to feel all that comes with rejection. T. Dench Patel, 26 March 2020, 17:40
What would life be like if we’ve never faced pain, rejection, dark times and loss? This is exactly what forces us to change, forces growth, forces us to declutter, let go, change the game, change the thoughts, return to our natural state, increase the vibrations on our planet and live up to who we were brought here to be. After we find that, we create, we create a kid’s programme, we find cures if we’ve been bestowed with the gift of becoming a scientist through some dark time in our life, we create fun social businesses perhaps as a way to defeat other people’s depression after our experience with depression, we change the course of our career to something purpose-driven.
See, a tree does what it does best, in fact, most plants and animals do the same thing. For a tree to grow it has to let go, for it to get to a stage where it can produce any fruit or veg it needs to shed until it has grown strong enough to produce and keeps following the cycles that nature has put in place through seasons for it to fulfil its purpose. Some have a short-term purpose while others can grow for years. Trust, unknowing trust, nature and animals have an unknowing trust yet we humans have so much more knowledge and we have complicated things so much that we have forgotten our natural nature of trusting… just like every living thing does in this ecosystem. Trust that we will survive it somehow.
Let’s take a look at a pine tree for example. These trees can last years and can grow pretty strong and tall. As it grew from its small roots to a fully mature tree, can you imagine the shelter it provides to birds, how much food it provides for all the animals that live in it and what it provides for humans; shade, temporary shelter, a picnic spot, a place to read, a place to connect with nature, pine nuts (expensive, while all pine trees will produce a pine nut, there are only about 18 species that produce nuts large enough to be of value as human food) etc?
We grow with what comes to us in life. If we really look at this positively and if we’re intelligent enough we will see what our purpose will grow into, take action so that we can be just like the tree, grow, help raise the vibration and intelligence of humanity.
God bless, be safe, be healthy and use your quarantined time wisely.
T. Dench Patel