Perspectives from NYC: Now is not the time

THANK you God I’m still alive. And so are my loved ones.

This used to be my daily thanksgiving prayer. But with the global Pandora’s box unlocked by  the merciless coronavirus, this has become an hourly habit. Like the rest of the terrified world, every breath I take is a reason to rejoice.

Amid the fragility of it all, life goes on with much trepidation and caution here in New York City.

NYC is now the epicenter within the epicenter of the pandemic.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said half of the city’s population will likely become infected as the  contagion still has to reach its apex. Just like that. As if he were merely giving a weather update.

The scenario has become so normally dreary that officials don’t even use doublespeak to cover up the stench of what seems to be a death sentence.

As of this writing, the United States has surpassed China and Italy, with the highest number of cases at 101,242. A total number of 45,934 of these cases are in NYC, with 603 deaths and still counting.

As per account of one harried NY doctor: People come in, they get intubated, they die.

Grimly, the countless unlucky ones suffer and gasp their last breath alone.

The streets are eerily, creepily empty. Just like a scene from an apocalypse movie.

Yet life goes on in our humble apartment. As in other NYC households tightly locked up against the invisible enemy.

Chores are still completed. Meals are made and consumed. Then there’s light, frightened sleep. Calls are also made to people who matter. Work  continues under a ‘from home’ scheme.

Sadly, there are still unfortunate encounters with people who remain possessed by jealousy, envy, greed and negativity.

Competition and condescension are still on their table.

Next, there are the haters, the rumormongers, the chaos sowers.

At a time where a Damocles’ sword hangs over each and every life, I offer  these points to ponder:

Love and concern for others might just save lives. Not envy, nor jealousy, nor greed. Help those in need financially, emotionally, psychologically. Hold someone’s hand. Allay fears. Offer your company specially to the weak and lonely.

Don’t hold back. Now is not the time.

Banish bad thoughts. Amid tens of thousands desperately scrambling to stay alive by the second, spread positive vibes. Create smiles.

Don’t hold back. Now is not the time.

Return to the basics. Tell your family and friends you love them. Make peace with your enemies. Mend broken relationships. Forgive. Keep communication lines open.

Don’t hold back. Now is not the time.

Pray fervently. Thank Him for the blessing of breathing. And for your loved ones who are alive and well. Live. Just live.

Don’t hold back. Now is just not the time.

Keep safe, everyone.

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