In the light of the recent Covid 19 pandemic, I couldn't help but reflect on the things we took for granted. Be it the simple freedom of mobility, of going out to the beach, or hanging out at our favourite cafe, or simply commuting to work. Warm hugs, meet up with friends, or just seeing our family.

We are always in a rush to the next best thing, without realising that we have so much to be grateful for. The current situation led me to realise that at the end of the day, what matters is that we are healthy, have a shelter to protect us, and food on the table, and the fact that a lot of people out there don't have that. 

Seeing the countless act of kindness in these trying times restores my faith in humanity. From food donations by the public to fashion designers making PPE for healthcare staff. Kindness is abundant, and it warms my heart seeing so.

Being in isolation can take a toll on our mental health. Anxiety, depression can come at any time to anyone. Be wary of the news that we read, filter it if we must. With the non-stop flurry of information,  we can choose to keep updated but still preserving our mental health. Reach out to family and friends or psychosocial hotlines if things get too tough.

Although these are trying times, I believe that this too shall pass. Though it may take time, let us stay strong and mindful for the future. Biiznillah.

In these times of uncertainty,
Keep calm, and put your trust in He,
As the mania turns to full blast,
We pray that this too shall pass.

As the world rises to a panic,
And citizens start to be manic,
Let's be kind and compassionate
To others who are less fortunate.

To the ones in the frontline,
You may be exhausted in body and mind,
Your sacrifices engraved in our hearts,
As we pray for you, even when we're miles apart.

Waiting for the silver lining,
As there is always good in everything,
Though it may take some time to see,
Time will tell, for you, and me.

Anis Nadia