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  • Writer's pictureAustin Aloysius Tay

Being Grateful

Updated: Oct 20, 2023

Being grateful

Reading news and articles about what is happening in the world, based on the number of deaths and infections from COVID-19, there is no doubt that all countries are doing their best to slow down the spreading of the virus.

Most of us are very lucky to have a roof over our heads so that we can isolate ourselves. Yes, we have to change our lifestyle to accommodate what we are all experiencing. Some lament this new norm and flagrantly flout restriction measures in the name of freedom. We see how some celebrities are having meltdowns or behaving foolishly, trapped in comfortable mansions, while others use their platform to encourage people to think about the needy.

I am grateful that the country I live in has relatively low numbers of infections compared to some other countries. While it is very easy to be caught up with news about which country is doing well and which country ought to have done better, the press often leaves out certain countries suffering worse than most but getting little mention in the media. An essay by Arundhati Roy in the Financial Times depicts how COVID-19 has impacted and continues to impact India.

Most of us have a choice, some don’t. Those who are immunosuppressed, vulnerable and sick at this present moment, do not have a choice. Should we not be grateful that we still can stay at home? Should we not be grateful to have a choice to be connected to the internet and be able to choose how we can be entertained, learn, communicate and gain access to information? Perhaps next time we feel that this isolation is getting too much for us, pause and think, what can we be grateful for?

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