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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Positive Thoughts for Difficult Times - 1

These are difficult times. These are times of isolation and "loneliness". All of us have more free time. We spend that time being in touch with our family and friends using modern technology. That is great. We are also spending more time on the internet, which carries useful information together with whole lot of misinformation, false information, dangerous information and useless information. The news, e mails and phone calls tend to focus on how bad the situation is and how restricted life is etc., We should, of course, stay informed. But do have to dwell on negative news all day long, true as it may be? It is not good for mental health.

With that in mind, I plan to write blogs as often as I get inspired, definitely more often than my usual cycle of once a week. After all, I have more free time too. I hope to share positive messages, ennobling and spiritual thoughts, famous quotes and hopefully some humor. I plan to maintain the series on Asya Vamasya Sukta once a week and add others in between. And hope you will not consider it an imposition on your time and patience. Thank you.

Here is the first one. I think, it is Gov. Cuomo who suggested the idea of being “Socially distant; Spiritually connected”.  

Next, I received a newsletter from the Charter for Compassion in which I read an anecdote about Margaret Mead. Here it is:

Years ago, anthropologist Margaret Mead was asked by a student what she considered to be the first sign of civilization in a culture. The student expected Mead to talk about fishhooks or clay pots or grinding stones. 

But no, Mead said that the first sign of civilization in ancient culture was a femur (thighbone) that had been broken and then healed. Mead explained that in the animal kingdom if you break your leg, you die. You cannot run from danger, get to the river for a drink or hunt for food. You are meat for prowling beasts. No animal survives a broken leg long enough for the bone to heal. 

A broken femur that has healed is evidence that someone has taken time to stay with the one who fell, has bound up the wound, has carried the person to safety and has tended the person through recovery. Helping someone else through difficulty is where civilization starts, Mead said."

Finally, I gave a talk to the residents at Cokesbury Village, where I live, about deciding when to give up driving our own personal auto as we get older. During the preparation of the talk, I came across this joke at a couple of websites. It is about a senior citizen telling someone: “I must be a bad driver because the other day the GPS in my car said: “Stop in 300 yards and let me off ”. 

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