Five Meaningful Interactions While in iSolation

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

Mastermind Club is not just old, but long! Here we were Zooming!

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!

Ahkara promotional poster for this month- of course, with terms and conditions!

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

Latest quote from RajaYoga Education Centre (Cambodia Facebook Page)

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!

Five Productive Ways to Maximize Your Isolation!

Does isolation rhyme with lack of productivity? It doesn’t have to! You may go now: “Only five?” Well, I can go for more tips to maximize your quarantine days. Yet, for the sake of your Internet routine, let’s explore for the time being the following ways 😉

1– Watch Films

Well, I mentioned “films” because they designate a variety of content such as movies, documentaries, short films! In my case, I’ve been added to a pro-arthouse cine-club online group, in which the curator (also my brother-in-arm) selected various films for us to watch. To alternate his choices, I enjoy my own selection every other night! Wait, you don’t have to come from a film background to indulge in films at home. Sources? Well, here’s a loose (paid) list: Netflix, iFlix or in Cambodia, Soyo or JaikonTV. And the following are some freebies:

“Waste Forest”, a short documentary under Let’s Document Cambodia

i- 1,150 Free Movies Online

ii- Classic Thai Films

iii- Japanese Latest Indie Films

iv- Let’s Document Cambodia (documentaries produced by our Sunflower Film Organization)!

v- TED Talks.

2- Read Books

Without generalization, this tip seems to suit introverts! You love to dive into deep thinking or analyzing your experience from texts. So books feel more aligned with your space. If you already bought some books, but lost the luxury to read them, now is the best time! If you find hard copies hard to buy around, e-books should come in handy, over your devices. For instance, currently, I’m reading “Scale Up” by Verne Harnish, in e-copy, to help me prepare our DancingRains movie production start-up better. Here are some free sources:

Access to some free spiritual ebooks

i- SimplyE (app)

ii- ManyBooks

iii- GetFreeBooks

3- Learn News Skills

Have you downloaded these (self) education apps without regularly checking them out: Khan Academy, Learning, Coursera, just to name a few? And after a few days of home quarantine, I found a couple more like Skillshare and edX! My preference is movie-related subjects. I bet you can find yours in those platforms. Be careful: some courses need paying. But if you find them worth your money, why not invest your time in them?!

Some of my selection

4- Strategize Your Next Moves

Well, this feels to me like the most critical, yet productive part you can take from your self-confinement. We all need to work and earn money for our living. Yet, before this COVID19 happened, I bet most of us have bluntly been enslaved to our desperate routine. I personally make a daily habit to meditate in the morning, and a yearly habit to travel solo. Now that we should not travel that much, I suggest you spend your quarantine days reflecting on your life, business, or career. But don’t get stuck in your past so you should craft out future plans carefully. These plans should avoid past mistakes and benchmark best practices from people around you or new experiences (as partially described above)!

Even reading such quotes can also uplift your days!

5- Blog or Journal Down Your Days

Hehe! That’s what I’m doing now, funnily with you reading this post! I just can’t feel any more productive, self-rewarding, valuable than writing out my thoughts and sharing them with curious minds like you. If confidential, your notes may be kept to yourself, just because some emotions need spilling out of our mind. Some psychologists even recommend us to hand-write our journals. Anyway, the choice is yours, as 10 minutes of such daily write-ups will do more good to your day than not. If you don’t have that luxury of time, commit to a weekly log like in my blogging case!

Photo by Kaitlyn Baker on Unsplash
Oh yeah, those are not my hands!

That’s all from me. Share with me other activities you’ve carried out since the first quarantine day in the comments below! Then, our fellow readers can also apply them to maximize their days and lives 🙂

PS: If you wish to access more free sources of those materials, inbox me when you can 🙂

PPS: My next post will address physical isolation x quasi-virtual interaction.

Chaos and characters

Now that most of us are home quarantined, come with me on this journey of self-reflection through this unexpected chaos: Coronavirus or COVID19. Well, I guess this topic seems so sexy and trendy. Yet, what you’ll follow here is my personal stand – if not character – on what has happened to us lately. Of course, as usual, I’d like to shed positive light of this current chaos anyway.

What is it?

According to International SOS, COVID19 or SARS-CoV-2 is a new virus, first identified in people with pneumonia in Wuhan, China, in late December 2019. It probably started in animals, but is now spreading between people.

How is it spread?

It probably spreads the same way as colds and flu – through droplets created when we talk, cough and sneeze. People can get infected when these droplets enter the nose, eyes or mouth. Touching contaminated objects puts the droplets onto your hands. If you touch your face the droplets can enter your nose / eyes / mouth.

How have we coped with it?

Here comes the most critical issue when I first heard of COVID19. Even my healthy-looking friends became the first ones to panic! They kept sharing the increasing cases in other countries and, of course, in Cambodia with us. The flow of information got so unbearable that I had to ask some of them to stop spreading it. Funnily enough, I have found 4 main types of people reacting differently to such a pandemic.

1- Covidiots -01

This newly coined term designates someone who resists to the social distancing protocol, thus leading to further spread of this disease. Although I personally spot only a bunch of this type, I believe this indifference has contributed to swift contamination, especially in the case of Italy. In order to contour this effect, the Italian government has even issued the law to fine those who refuse to self-isolate under such critical circumstances.

2- Covidiots -02

We still call these people “idiots” in the sense that they needlessly bombard stores or markets, fearing COVID19 might deprive them of vital supplies. As a result, others would lack these necessities, which should be fairly stocked at home! Should I say they would cause a next global recession?!

3- “Covidramatists” *

These social media users can be still covidiots, while all they do every day is to update everyone in their networks about how terrible the situation can go, from day to day. It amazed me how they seem to do “better”, yet dramatic reporting jobs than professional journalists, without filtering such content!

4- “Sane”

I’d call this group “rare gems”. They study everything about Coronavirus and assess its spread and impact before they accept any related update or news. Eventually, they tend to keep their network positive and abreast of only reliable news. They can always react like a covidiot or a reporter! Yet, they know when or how to jump in as to not stir the dirt even further.

After reading and following all the insight and updates so far, I would recommend, above all, to you personal hygiene and social distancing. With the increasing cases spotted all over the globe, staying home with you family is the best prevention you can take right now.

Physical care aside, keep our mind clear like water. If a stain drops in it, let it be. Over time, the stain will go away or sink down. Ultimately, our spirit will remain clear and accept new – better experiences. Most importantly, you are now given the choice of your character to cope with this “temporary” crisis.

PS: If you fear COVID19 befalling you, consider buying a health or life insurance policy already, for the sake of your family! Which I already did, not necessarily for this particular cause!

PPS: If you opt for the sane way, click here for your spiritual gift, of course, besides medical protection.

*This term is just nicely coined by my poet-filmmaker friend, LY Polen!