In memory of Desmond Tutu – “It is through weakness and vulnerability that most of us learn empathy and compassion and discover our soul.” – Desmond Tutu
Looking back, I realise that my CV showed no record of what I did for the past year and a half during the pandemic as we lived under very strict lockdown rules. This was certainly not because of no activities on my side, even though there was no income. I’m currently working on contract, and I’m reminded that I should update my CV with all the activities during the pandemic. Most of my time was taken up with cleaning and disinfecting of almost everything. I also volunteered as a Counsellor at a non-profit organisation, and further kept busy posting on Instagram and posting blogs.
I had lost an income but gained so much through these unpaid activities. The cleaning and disinfecting part was no fun but did help in keeping my sanity. I lost my business and income and learned humility. Eating humble pie and realising at the same time how fortunate I am, helped me to see the world from different perspectives. I learned from others, how they dealt with life and many uplifting stories was shared generously. My work as a Volunteer Counsellor brought about tremendous fulfilment in helping others.
Feelings of desolation when the entire world hurts
Grieving for what once was and are no more
Feelings of optimism especially in difficult times
Knowing that you’ve lost much yet gained more
Feelings of happiness as life continues
Caring and reaching out to others, brings
Feelings of happiness and love that’s unassumed