This is my first time in my life living in such a horrible pandemic like this COVID-19 outbreak. Also, my first time to see and feel how strong and marvelous patriotism we have which I might only feel through my grandmother’s story when I was a little girl or through some history books when I was in school. I was weepy when I saw the Vietnamese flag in front of the entrance of every household in a small street where no one’s around because of quarantine. This is exactly the Vietnamese spirit that I was craving for. At that time I reminded myself, I have to take responsibility for the community and contribute to preventing the pandemic by protecting myself and others. And so do you!
The pandemic outbreaking, everyone was asked for shelter in place and avoid congregate settings. This might be a hard time for us while we were getting used to being outward, and busy for making money. But now we have to be at home and monitor the development of the pandemic. The more complicated it is, the more worried we are. Recently, The Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh updated his status, it’s about:
“Someone asked me, “Aren’t you worried about the state of the world?” I allowed myself to breathe and then I said, “what is most important is not to allow your anxiety about what happens in the world to fill your heart. If your heart is filled with anxiety, you will get sick, and you will not able to help.”
“People are not disturbed by things, but by the view, they take of them” — Epictetus. It will be fine if with that worrying we will take care of each other more, love each other more because we deeply understand how fragile life is. But if we make ourselves more selfish because of that worrying, then after that, what have we learned from?
Let this moment to be the greatest and rare one that we have. Then think about what we have been through and what we have learned from that or share it with our lovely relatives whom probably for a long time we haven’t given them any sincere greetings. It was not about we were bad people. It just because we unconsciously forgot, and again we will be together closer, and of course love each other more than. We all will change and mature a bit more every day, so taking a conversation with squeezing hands might be the best medicine.
“Everything will be alright, Viet Nam will win the pandemic” you and me, we all together believe in that future. Let that belief lead us, and we will be in that future with the joyfulness, everyone will say: “how do you do?” with the others we meet on the way with a happy and lovely smile, shall we?
Written by Sea Sea — a member of Vietnam Life Writer Community