Flu, fever and body aches incapacitate us at times. We are
so busy in the hectic routine of life that such instances are
very frustrating – in fact, annoying. Many a time we become
cranky and vent this frustration on our attendants and close
ones who look after us.
What if we turn this bane into a boon!
Yes we can.
In the humdrum of life we lose track of many things. Most
of us are so mechanically stuck in our routines that we seldom
have time to think and re-evaluate our life-styles and our
priorities. At times, something is severely wrong with our
priorities and we do not follow the right moral conduct. We
might not fulfill certain obligations we owe to God or to our
fellow human beings. So content we may be that we are
fulfilling our obligations that a thought to the contrary does
not even cross our minds in normal circumstances. However, it
is situations like sickness that suddenly take us out from the
set routine of life and place us in a new paradigm. Intense
schedules are dashed to ground. Incessant meetings and
relentless appointments have to take a break.
Annoying this may be but slowing down teaches us patience
and with patience comes the opportunity not only to review and
re-evaluate our lives but also to keep a more vigilant track
of our blessings. A temporary shut-down in life should not
shut our eyes to the favours of God. This is the best time to
count and cherish them, savour and relish them. It is an
opportunity, therefore, to strengthen our relationship with
our Creator. It is a time to say a big thank you to Him and a
time also to look at people around us who are deprived of
God’s favours and who need our affection and sympathy.
Another way to avail this
illness-afforded free-time is to think of unconventional
solutions to conventional issues. In illnesses which do not
affect our intellectual powers, it can be a time to use our
brain to think in an out-of- the -box manner. We can tune our
brain to novel ideas and creative thinking. The starting point
is to look at an issue that bothers a lot. We can make our
mind solution oriented to this issue by simply thinking of
bizarre and unusual ways of solving it.
Still another benefit that we can
derive from this God provided break from life is to conquer
our fears. Fears have their roots in our brain and need
resolve and determination to overcome them. If this resolve
can be mustered, then the best way to vanquish our fears is to
gear ourselves during this time to plan to start doing exactly
what we fear, consistently and rapidly if possible.
Illness then is a bane that can be
turned into a boon with the right attitude!