We have what no one has during COVID-19 pandemic

Urmila Chanam
Posted March 23, 2020 from India
Been a World Pulse community member for a decade, an Ambassador for two years, Encourager for four years or more, vocal contributor for as long as I remember and a die-hard advocate of World Pulse and digital inclusion and literacy of women in India and other countries. And I am using my strength to give information, hope and positivity to others using digital technology, facilitate material support to those who need it, create awareness on COVID-19 and measures to its prevention, tracing, testing and treatment and facilitate more support to adherence to government directives.

We are all facing a global health crisis. Perhaps it's a reminder of the past deeds and decisions of the human race of manipulating the planet whichever way we deemed fit and now nature has it's own way to level out and make us see that the earth is a shared environment we share with plants and animals and other living beings and does not belong to just us. For those who believe that COVID-19 came from China, think again. A pandemic was inevitable from the way humans have destroyed ecosystems, mass at- scale deforestation, urbanization and industrialization poisoning our water bodies or destroying them. Animals and living beings and microbes are bound to be displaced from their natural habitats to cross over to the other side. Coronavirus animal to human transmission has a lot to do with what meets the eye. Let us retract our steps, reflect, charter a new course of learning to co-habit, respect other living beings and tide through COVID-19 pandemic by following government directives of social distancing and self quarantine. I wish all my sisters great health, resilience, positivity of spirit and god's grace during this challenging times. World Pulse women have a great advantage during these stay-at-home times, we can read stories on www.worldpulse.com and comment on them to encourage each other. We can get acquainted to more women on World Pulse and learn about the wonderful work they do. We can converse with them to see if there are any common goals and work at a collaboration. The possibilities are endless and we must realise the advantage of this connection facilitated by digital technology which has the power of retention of social ties even amidst a pandemic, war, social unrest or catastrophes. We have something that no one has- we have a thriving, pulsating, vibrating sisterhood of 70,000 sisters spread across 190 countries, that's almost the entire earth. There is an old saying that when the going gets tough, the tough get going! And we know we are tough, sisters and its the time for us to get going on what we do best- building connections and bridges between people using digital technology and using technology to solve a global or local problem. Wishing us all the best!

Prayers and hugs from Bengaluru, India

 

This story was submitted in response to #SheTransformsTech.

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Anita Shrestha
Mar 23
Mar 23

Thank you for sharing

Urmila Chanam
Mar 23
Mar 23

Sending a big hug your way. Take care sister.

Jill Langhus
Mar 23
Mar 23

Hear, hear... too true, Urmila. I agree with everything you're saying.

How are you and your family doing, dear? I hope you're all safe and well.

Thanks for sharing your wise words, and wake up call. I think Mother Earth is definitely telling us something, and urging us to collectively change. Lets hope the collective hears and feels it!

XX

Urmila Chanam
Mar 23
Mar 23

Dearest Jill,
So many things are happening in India and you know our population, density and large scale prevalence of heart diseases and diabetes making us a vulnerable lot. But it's easy to lose our minds from anxiety especially with more information than a person can register. I believe in the power of remaining focused on what we can do and then remain positive. I also see very low adherence to social distancing. It's like if people don't party now they will never get a chance. Sending you more power and lot of love from Bengaluru.

Jill Langhus
Mar 25
Mar 25

Hello Urmila,

How are you doing? Yes! That's a good intention and way to live right now, and always.

You might want to submit this for the current, story call?
https://www.worldpulse.com/raise-your-voice/dispatches-covid-19-pandemic...

Urmila Chanam
Mar 26
Mar 26

Good morning my dear sister Jill,
Have I been able to tell you how beautiful, strong, eloquent you looked in the Women's Day World Pulse video? A big congratulations for the big impact of your message through that video. Thank you for reminding me that this story can be a submission in the story awards and I shall post it there as well.
Love and hugs
Urmila Chanam
India

Jill Langhus
Mar 27
Mar 27

Hello Urmila:-)

Aw. You're so sweet and no, you didn't say that specifically. Thanks for sharing that with me. It means a lot. And, you, for your portion, too!

You're welcome. Good luck!

Hope you and your family are safe and well...

XX

Veronica Ngum Ndi
Mar 23
Mar 23

Dear Urmila
This is a very beautiful write-up.The COVID-19 cannot come between the sister of this sisterhood.
From Cameroon,its prayers and hugs to all sisters in this siterhood
Love
Veronica Ngum
Bamenda,Cameroon

Urmila Chanam
Mar 23
Mar 23

Dear Veronica,

We can offer prayers, support, tips of self care and health, advice on career or vocation, or just listen and share. This is an opportunity to celebrate the simple things of life- interaction. Thanks for your love sister

Shirin Dalaki
Mar 23
Mar 23

Thank you.
With love and gratitude,
Shirin

Urmila Chanam
Mar 26
Mar 26

Dear Shirin,
Thank you for your mail and I am looking forward to read your story.
Much love always
Urmila Chanam

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 23
Mar 23

My dear sister,
Your words hold the wisdom that is needed and so welcome these days.
"A pandemic was inevitable from the way humans have destroyed ecosystems...Let us retract our steps, reflect, charter a new course...We have something that no one has- we have a thriving, pulsating, vibrating sisterhood of 70,000 sisters".
We have been shifted into a new reality and we know from all we have learned about each other that now is the time for women's leadership to come forward with our ideas, our priorities and our love for humanity and our Earth. We are so lucky to have each other.
Deep love in sisterhood,
Tam

Urmila Chanam
Mar 26
Mar 26

My dear Tam,
A nurturer like yourself who has great respect for nature and plants and trees will value this time as a warning to mankind. We are witnessing history and let us keep our eyes wide open and our ears vigilant so we can tell the generations coming after us about these times. Whichever way, we will and we should not be the same again and be changed, evolved in a better way. Thank you for reading my submission.
Love and kisses,
Urmila Chanam,
India

Hello, dear sister Urmila,

Thank you for uplifting us with your powerful message of love and solidarity. You brighten our day with your lovely smile on your photo, too. Please stay safe, dear sister. We would not be complete without you!

Urmila Chanam
Mar 26
Mar 26

Dearest Karen,
I am surely piling on some weight- totally unavoidable as my indoors favourite passtime is cooking and eating it. On a serious note, I have begun work out today so I do not lose my good health, so important. Thank you for recognizing your sister's smile (that's me) inspite of the weight gain. Be safe, positive and healthy okay!
Love and hugs,
Urmila Chanam

I feel you, dear sister. Same here. LOL. You are always beautiful, and your weight is not a factor at all. :) Stay safe and stay healthy, dear.

LovingBeauty
Mar 26
Mar 26

How are you and your family doing, dear sister? I hope you're all fine. As the coronavirus spread, our world becomes really bad, I am really caring about the condition in India.Hope everything will be fine.

Beverley Walters
Mar 27
Mar 27

Thanks so much for your positivity and your beautiful words of encouragement?.

May good bless you and your family.
Beverley

Armelle Aimerique
Mar 29
Mar 29

Thank you sister. It's so encouraging. Never give up

Vanora.Lee
Apr 12
Apr 12

Can't agree more. I am just a starter to World Pulse. Keep fighting, sisters!!!

lemonadelemon
Aug 30
Aug 30

Thank you for sharing