Going with the Flow

Nature
@Shiva49 (19764)
Singapore
April 6, 2021 12:26am CST
I was not much into planning. I was more of reacting to circumstances. That approach suited my temperament and lifestyle. Now with the present reality of ever shifting pandemic, long term planning has become tougher. Governments are more into reactive mood. Businesses too have to adapt faster and even reinvent to stay afloat. The past year has proved nothing can be taken for granted. Whoever could is working from home and most want to even when things are back to normal eventually. It looks like a win-win for all as time is saved and also works space. I have always enjoyed the uncertainty in life. I could welcome the reverses too as they gave me opportunities to reinvent and prove my mettle, leading to a change of course away from the beaten path. We did resist the curtailment of freedom but accepted it like wearing masks, keeping safe distancing, the vaccination, with hope things will return to normal sooner. This pandemic has not only physically curtailed us but also mentally. Nature proves it is our master and it is up to us to fall in line with its diktats. How are you adapting to the new normal? Image: Nature from free media site Pexels
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@oahuwriter (21095)
• United States
6 Apr
Wish there was never a pandemic, for lots changed. Some old businesses gone for good, many small businesses closed and gone, many found ways to stand together and thrive or get by. Now, in a better tier, soooo much better, vaccination going on, coming week bringing vaccination for 16 years and older. Getting better now, but it took it's toll this cruel pandemic. I still forget my mask, 3 times already, so I carry a spare with me. Lucky, when I did forget I was only going to neighborhood store. News today, many doing better, at last, sunshine from the storm of this pandemic.
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@Shiva49 (19764)
• Singapore
6 Apr
This pandemic is like a bolt from the blue that refuses to leave us in peace. The airline and tourism industries have been the worst hit. No one saw this lingering. It is not a bad dream that is gone soon. On the one hand, we are putting up a united front but there are fissures too. The vaccination has been effective in cutting down the spread and also lessens the impact if one still gets affected. My second shot could be next week. However, the masks and safe distancing have to continue for a while at least. We have been brought down to earth with a thud and it has been a fight for survival.
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@oahuwriter (21095)
• United States
7 Apr
@Shiva49 Locally it's the same, but, with vaccination, tourism picking up in but industry says, in news it'll be a few years to be ok.
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@TheHorse (127813)
• Walnut Creek, California
7 Apr
One Liberal commentator I saw the other day admitted that Trump might have "won" (damn Russians) another term if not for the pandemic and his mishandling thereof.
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@Shavkat (108956)
• Philippines
6 Apr
I am still going to flow the changes at present.
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@Shiva49 (19764)
• Singapore
6 Apr
Better to fall in line than risk our lives as well as that of others.
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@Shavkat (108956)
• Philippines
7 Apr
@Shiva49 As much as possible, I still follow social distancing religiously.
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@Shiva49 (19764)
• Singapore
7 Apr
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@eileenleyva (22871)
• Philippines
6 Apr
Nature is simply avenging its way at man who has cruelly destroyed the earth.
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@Shiva49 (19764)
• Singapore
6 Apr
Yes, we thought we were the masters of all we surveyed, could get away as if nothing mattered,.and that future will take care of itself - a hallmark of spoiled brats! And the comeuppance, we are left to dodge the unseen bullets, run for cover!
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@eileenleyva (22871)
• Philippines
6 Apr
@Shiva49 Yup. To every crime a punishment.
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@Janet357 (70383)
6 Apr
Just like you, I go with the flow. I do everything to keep money coming in. Not too much but at least, there is something to support our family.
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@Shiva49 (19764)
• Singapore
6 Apr
Having enough is a basic need. I adapt to circumstances, feel comfortable wherever I am. I look more at the pluses than the negatives.
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@JudyEv (244274)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Apr
Certainly we have all needed to adapt in one way or another. Thankfully, in our state we haven't had to change very much.
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@Shiva49 (19764)
• Singapore
7 Apr
That is nice to hear but most countries have been laid low by this pandemic that has tested our mettle and also patience.
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@JudyEv (244274)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Apr
@Shiva49 Many countries have faced incredible challenges lately.
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@Shiva49 (19764)
• Singapore
7 Apr
@JudyEv Mainly because people do not believe their leaders have their interest at heart and the atmosphere has been vitiated by back and forth endless politicking!
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@RebeccasFarm (25263)
• Denver, Colorado
8 Apr
You never said a truer word Shiva. I am always aware that the Nature is our Master. Always. No matter what plans are made: Proverbs 16 :To man belong the plans of the heart, but from the LORD comes the reply of the tongue. All a man's ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the LORD. Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.
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@Shiva49 (19764)
• Singapore
9 Apr
Thank you, Ocean Tiara, That is worth remembering. Motives are what matters. We need to do God's bidding and not get carried away by selfish pursuits. That we are accountable for our actions gives us the right direction.
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• Denver, Colorado
9 Apr
@Shiva49 Thank you Shiva. We can do as we can on the right mind.
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@just4him (239464)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
8 Apr
Being able to work from home is good in the long run. Parents don't need to worry about their children, and they can spend more time with them because there isn't a long commute each day to and from work. I wish this was an option when I was working. The downside is self-isolation. We need socialization. I'll be glad when masks are no longer mandatory, and people can move about as they did before.
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@Shiva49 (19764)
• Singapore
8 Apr
Yes, Work from Home is a good concept. I could have been more productive had I been able to do so. The commute time is a real saving too. However, we need personal face-to-face interaction to feel real involvement in work. Hope things get back to a sense of normalcy at least for the sake of our children who are the most affected and robbed of their childhood.
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@just4him (239464)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
8 Apr
@Shiva49 Yes, we need socialization. Kids are especially affected by the isolation.
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@DianneN (223984)
• United States
8 Apr
I adapted easily. I’m a homebody at heart. Hubs struggled a bit, but adjusted once we returned to Connecticut from Florida. He needed private space, fresh air, and a schedule to keep him sane.
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@Shiva49 (19764)
• Singapore
8 Apr
I am fully retired for three years now. That has been a blessing for me especially during these times. However, I feel restricted as the pandemic has meant restrictions on travel. I like to feel free and not watch my shadows even not forgetting the few with a devil may care attitude putting others at risk too.
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@DianneN (223984)
• United States
8 Apr
@Shiva49 I feel the same.
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@CarolDM (125394)
• United States
6 Apr
Things are about the same here. Take care.
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@Shiva49 (19764)
• Singapore
7 Apr
Yeah, better to be safe than sorry.
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@CarolDM (125394)
• United States
7 Apr
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@LadyDuck (333308)
• Switzerland
6 Apr
I always had the attitude to go with the flow. I am adapting to the new normal, I wear my mask all the time outside, I wash my hands and I am careful to keep the distance. I miss meeting friends, but I am sure the day will come that we will meet again.
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@Shiva49 (19764)
• Singapore
6 Apr
Yes, the priority is to stay alive and fight this unseen enemy which has been a great equalizer and, in a way, takes no prisoners. Those who survive will remember the trauma lifelong. Albert Einstein said so well: "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning". In a way, good that no one is spared and nature treats us as one, a basic lesson we have forgotten.
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@LadyDuck (333308)
• Switzerland
6 Apr
@Shiva49 Albert Einstein was a wise man, unfortunately too many think that this virus is nothing more than a common flu, while it is not. This should serve as a lesson for the future generations.
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@m_audrey6788 (37427)
• Germany
6 Apr
I`m getting used to it because we don`t have a choice but to face reality and enjoy life to the fullest
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• Germany
6 Apr
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@prinzcy (21964)
• Malaysia
9 Apr
I'm still trying and still adapting. Thankfully my company didn't lay down anyone during this whole time.
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@Shiva49 (19764)
• Singapore
10 Apr
That we have a job and earning is more important now. The airline and tourism industries are the worst hit.
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@TheHorse (127813)
• Walnut Creek, California
7 Apr
I'm just doing what I can do to protect myself.
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@Shiva49 (19764)
• Singapore
8 Apr
Good and with the hope of better tidings, back to good old days, with memories to last and temper our irrational exuberance!
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@innertalks (11454)
• Australia
6 Apr
I never much liked the old normal, myself. There are some good points about this new normal, that I do like though. Places, trains, have been less crowded, even our church, there has been plenty of seating space, whereas, before people used to stand in the isles. I hope that we never go back to overcrowding. The trains here were called sardine cans, they squeezed them in so tightly to the tin carriages. You could even smell the smell of some of the sardines, and the oils rubbed into them too. If you did get a seat, people would stand over the top of where you sat, and rest their newspaper on the top of your head, making it too dark then for you to read your own book as well. Their feet would be stepping on your toes, if you inched them, your own feet, only slightly into the isles, to stretch them a bit, and the big guy sitting across from you, his knees would be hitting you in the chest, as well. Then there was the guy with his radio blaring, and the woman talking loudly, garbage talk on her phone, during the whole journey, at a fast pace, and a loud monotonous tone too. I do not miss these aspects of crowding, and I hope we do not return to these days. I hope the flow continues in the new direction, and doesn't return to flowing through those old sewerage pipes anymore.
@Shiva49 (19764)
• Singapore
7 Apr
You have highlighted the positives from this rather dire, murky, situation otherwise. Overcrowding is claustrophobic. Once I was on a flight and occupying the window seat. I was cramped in by one who sat beside me and needed two seats to seat himself. The plane was about to take off and the air conditioning was off for a while. I was short of breath and got up and said I needed some space. I extricated myself and went to a back seat. When we were alighting he came over to me and with some concern asked me - are you okay? This pandemic has resulted in a few realizing how obnoxious they are in their own company! I cannot stand the loud-mouthed having little regard for others around them. Everything cuts both ways - a classic duality inherent in the creative process. We have to embrace the positives.
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@innertalks (11454)
• Australia
7 Apr
@Shiva49 You were lucky to get another seat, but the back seats are not the best seats either. I hope that there was no smoking in the planes in those days, smokers usually were put at the back of the planes. Yes, there is usually a positive to every negative.
@Shiva49 (19764)
• Singapore
7 Apr
@innertalks Yes, no smoking in planes for thirty years now, thankfully. I just wanted to get away as I was quite uncomfortable.
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