This global pandemic has led to sweeping changes and disruptions in our lives. It is so easy to feel overwhelmed by our own anxieties. But each one of us sitting in the comfort and solace of our homes is highly privileged. We have a roof over our head and a fridge full of food. Hence, let us all be grateful. Let us all be kind. Let us all be sensitive. People out there are fighting bigger battles and the fight ain’t for materialistic goods or worldly pleasures. We are battling for air. Yes, let that sink in. The need of the hour is to be empathetic and grateful. To acknowledge the goodness in our lives. To stand united and serve the people in whatever capacity we can. Every act of empathy counts. Be it as big as stepping out, picking up the baton and fighting the pandemic or be it a text or a phone call. Be it arranging hospital beds and oxygen cylinders for people or be it a smile. The world which is otherwise very self centered and competitive, today has become more benevolent. To keep this snowball rolling each one of us needs to join hands and contribute in our own ways.
Recently my family of four tested positive and were asked to home quarantine. Every morning on opening our front door we would find fruits, vegetables, groceries, medicines, etc. Our days would start on such buoyant notes. On one of the days a little girl from my neighbourhood left a note at my door that said get well soon with smiley faces and hearts drawn all over. Let me be honest, I did shed a tear. I can never be grateful enough for I’m surrounded by such affectionate, empathetic and solicitous people.
Empathy has no script. It’s simply listening, holding space, withholding judgment, emotionally connecting, and communicating that incredibly healing message of “you’re not alone”. This is what Purnkuti stands for. At Purnkuti we practice empathy, we preach empathy. We do everything in our capacity to give it back to the society.
You can help us by donating. And when I say donation I don’t just refer to money, I refer to an act of empathy. You can contribute by donating money or by embracing empathy.