Leadership guru, Simon Sinek, once said: “Virtual doesn’t have to be impersonal“. I find it legitimate when I interact with right people in the right moments. So how do I do this? Join me to see if these interaction tips work for your isolation.
1- Play Games with Your Family
I’d recommend this to those of you who are sure that your relatives are safe from the virus. Ultimately, we spend most of our days with them. So why not come up with creative activities to have fun with them, beyond our e-devices? Family5 is my favorite app so far for that purpose. Otherwise, just recall your childhood games and play some with your loved ones. Home quarantine should create meaningful memories this way, shouldn’t it?
2- Say Hi to Your “Old” Friends
Should I “advise” you to do this? No, let’s call this a gentle reminder. More often than not, we’ve been so overwhelmed with current situations that we forgot those we endeared in the past. When I said “dear”, that means those who added positive value to our lives at one point of time. Therefore, why not rekindle this long-time friendship? Truth is, they are just a text or a phone call away!
3- Talk to Your Leads/Customers
Oh yeah! Home quarantine should not mark the end of your business or jobs. Take some time of your day to say hi to your leads or customers. Check on them in light of their health and safety. Financially, a considerate discount for their next jobs would relief their burden, should they need your services. And when I published this poster about our translation promotion on our Page, I have received sizable inquiries!
4- Share Realistic Vibes
I must say, before this pandemic hit us this hard, I was an optimist. As it has uncontrollably evolved, I have adopted realistic approach as to keep both myself and surrounding people safe. In that sense, instead of rushing to share all unreliable and panicking updates, I filter them out with my own judgment and some fact check websites like The Poynter Institute or Health Analytics Asia. The former has been proven reliable by Facebook while the latter was recommended by our funding agent of Let’s Document Cambodia. The point is, precaution is undoubtedly realistic. Yet, irresponsible acts of spreading fake news could cause us more harm faster, especially on emotional and spiritual levels.
5- Surrender to Universe
Why would this surrender be considered “interaction”? After immersing myself in RajaYoga, I realize I may have one single spirit, but many minds. Then, if I fail to calm my negative mind, my spirit might be affected. So the Higher Spirit or Universe (“God”, for some) always reserves a plan – if not effect – for our action. The idea is not to accept what befalls us, but to embrace the reality and move on with a “better tomorrow”. After all, life is too short to think things won’t change over time!
In a nutshell, this is not about keeping yourself aimlessly busy, but about keeping your days sanely productive, despite the harsh reality we are now facing. You’ll never know what might happen to or around you the next day. So today is the best chance for you to expand your meaningful self across, dark times.
PS: Surprisingly, since April 09th, the Cambodian government has asked us, especially factory workers, to resume work, even during Khmer New Year, to avoid possible community outbreaks. Wherever you are or travel, have a safe Khmer New Year!