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GUEST COMMENTARY
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 68  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 276-277

COVID-19: And this shall also Pass


Neurosciences, Narayana Hrudayalaya, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Date of Web Publication15-May-2020

Correspondence Address:
Thimappa Hegde
Director, Neurosciences, Narayana Hrudayalaya, Bengaluru - 560 102, Karnataka
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0028-3886.284357

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Covid-19. We are going through uncertain times. It is a war-like situation. We, the doctors should be ready, to be front line soldiers, ready to serve at the risk of our own lives.

Leaving home and not certain when we will be back as it may not be possible to return home for some time. Every news we hear is bad news, and the health care professionals need whatever inspiration possible to serve cheerfully until these uncertain times clear up.

Just like a soldier who has been trained all his work life for war, in times of a pandemic all of us have to pool in all our resources to save lives and do whatever is required medically and psychologically to help those in distress.

The need of the hour is highly motivated health care professionals.

Such situations are rare in the life of a doctor. We have to make the most of it. To serve 100%, motivate each other and to be certain that “All will be well.”

As the work environment is dangerous, we must take every precaution possible. Health care professionals must have adequate personal protection equipment. We cannot afford to get infected as it will add more strain on those who have to take care.

Vicktor Frankl was a very successful neurologist and psychiatrist in Vienna. Being a Jew, he was incarcerated in the concentration camps and had to endure intense suffering. He observed that those who withstood all challenges and survived were those who had a positive attitude.

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.”... On his release, he published his experiences as a book entitled as “Saying yes to life in spite of everything” which is now available as “Man's search for meaning,” which led the foundation for a new school of psychotherapy called Logotherapy which is based on finding meaning for suffering.

How to be motivated and remain empowered.

  1. Count your blessings. As of now, we are fit and fighting. As long as I am well, I will devote all my energies to help those in need in all ways I can. I am blessed to be able to serve
  2. I am here to discover meaning and purpose. Nothing happens by chance. There is a greater meaning of why we are going through these hard times. The more I encounter and face suffering the greater is the chance that I may discover meaning and purpose. No one can give this to me. I have to discover this myself
  3. Never blame anyone or anything for the difficulty we are in. See what best we can do in a difficult situation
  4. Prayer power. Seek divine assistance. There are so many people praying for our wellbeing. Be open to access this
  5. Dag Hammarskjold Swedish Economist, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Secretary-General of United Nations has said “For all that has been Thanks, For all that shall be Yes,” I am blessed, and I am ready for whatever challenges ahead
  6. In these times, The Serenity Prayer is a prayer written by the American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr.


God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.

This is a tale about King Solomon.

King Solomon told a man “I have heard of a fabulous ring that has a unique power.

When a sad man gazes upon it, he becomes happy, but when a happy man gazes upon it, he becomes sad. Find this ring and bring it to me.”

The man set out in search of the ring, but no one had ever heard of such a ring. He was about to give up when he spotted a junk shop. He approached the owner and described the object of his search.

“A ring that cheers the sad and saddens the cheerful?” said the junk dealer. “Come inside.”

They entered the shop. From a boxful of baubles, the junk dealer took a plain, silver ring.

He engraved some words on it and gave it to him. The man read the inscription, nodded sagely, and headed back to the palace.

King Solomon read the inscription and laughed, “This ring has reminded me that wealth and power are fleeting things.” King Solomon removed his costly rings and slipped on the ring from the junk shop.

The phrase on engraved on the ring:

“This too shall pass.”

  1. Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E Frankl The classic tribute to hope from the Holocaust, Penguin Random House
  2. The Serenity Prayer is a prayer written by the American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr
  3. Dag Hammarskjold Swedish Economist, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Secretary-General of United Nations.


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