Updated: May 26
Quarantined, stay-home-orders, leave-of-absence, movement-controlled-orders all point to the current situations we are all facing. While some adapt better than the rest, the best thing we could make out of this restriction and isolation is to stay healthy, get better organised, do more, become more effective, stay connected, learn something and reach out to others.
In more ways than one, what makes us stronger and wiser is linked largely on how one handles the flow of the pandemic in the way the Five Elements exist.
The Yin and Yang of the Five Elements are attached to the way we can manage and make the best off the face of a crisis like this.
1. You must have before you give. Even before thinking of giving, think about what you will and can receive. One must take care of oneself before you take care of others. That points to the Yin and Yang of the Resource stars.
Yin Resource stars relate to information and intelligence you receive.
In our world of social media and interconnectivity, the danger of an information overload is even more dangerous than the threat of the virus itself.
Read enough, get it from official and reliable sources, do not speculate and avoid spreading fake news.
The Yang Resource stars are the physical support you are getting. This is evident from the state of health you are currently in.
Eat well, rest enough and exercise regularly.
2. In times like these, personal responsibility takes priority.
The Yin and Yang of oneself belongs to the categories of the Friend Star and the Rob Wealth Star.
Friend Star's influence come from your inner circles, your family, loved ones and friends. In the face of social distancing and lockdowns, it is inevitable that physical contacts become impossible.
However, one can still stay connected with technology through video calls, video confrencing and mobile chats. Do these often so that you do not feel isolated while stimulating your mind to current exchanges and conversations.
The Rob Wealth Stars are those associated with your social and professional circles. How do businessmen, entrepreneurs, restaurant owners, cafe operators and retailers do when their shops are ordered to shut ? Work towards bringing in the business online and feel like you are an effective influencer.
After all, the Rob Wealth Stars, when effectively mobilised, form your followers and fans base.
Be yourself, be sincere and be at your best.
3. It is in times when others are having it tough and desperate that you have to give it all.
Of the five elements, the output stars are differentiated by the Eating God and the Hurting Officer.
Frontline workers, essential service providers, transport operators, food and beverage suppliers and medical professionals keep our lives going. That is how the output stars are being put into the best use during the worst of times.
In kind or any other forms, what we produce and offer that benefit and touch the lives of others form the best of what we give.
Those with positive Eating God stars tend to operate behind the public glare but without their contributions, all that is required to function will grind to a halt.
The necessary equipment, the fund raising efforts, the public support, the emotional rally, government lobbies and the optimistic outlook are classic examples of the Eating God at work.
The Hurting Officer types are the battle-geared offensives who take the enemy (the Virus) head on.
They are fearless and self-sacrificing for the sake of others. These form the ambulance teams, the medics, the nurses, the doctors, the psychologists, the therapists and all those who form the human chain take care of the sick and fallen.
Do you have what it takes ? People with these two stars do not sit around idling and wondering what to do next.