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Living with mixed feelings of hope and anxiety


This period is frightening; there is so much going on globally ranging from increasing death tolls and scary media headlines. When the pandemic had just started, most of us thought it was a problem in China but I think we can all agree that it is a global challenge. The virus is spreading rapidly. It is very possible to become paranoid; one wonders to themselves, have I cleaned my hands well? What if this doorknob or surface has the virus? What if I get sick? I don’t want to die young! They said lemon and ginger boosts the immunity. How much lemon should I drink to safeguard myself from the pandemic. Despite having these questions, the belief that there is nothing impossible for God keeps me moving and hopeful that we will make it through. In the bid to play my part, I stay indoors and maintain hygiene. Last week, I stocked up on foodstuff and essentials to take me till late April.

Family will always be there even when material things come and go

Being away from family is disheartening and sad. I decided to stay in Nairobi because the risk of travelling was high. Any person entering Uganda is required to go into mandatory quarantine for 14 days while bearing the cost. My fear was exposing myself to the risk of getting the virus during quarantine. Nonetheless, video calling my family twice a day has helped us keep in touch, encouraging each other as well as staying strong together.

University online services

I like researching and broadening my understanding. On Sunday night at about 2 am, I was having trouble accessing Kluwer International, one of the leading research databases on arbitration. I sent a message to the library for support but got no response as it was late at night. The following day (Monday), I was intrigued to receive a call from Emily Sawe, a member of the library staff. She took me through step by step and resolved the issue. I was finally able to access the database which was relieving as I had given up on my research. It goes without say, we should express gratitude to everyone doing their best to ensure our safety and comfort in this period. It is not easy giving a part of yourself to help another person, it requires sacrifice.

What sunshine is to flower, a smile is to humanity

I am using this time to not only research, but also to read books to better myself. There is also apt time for meditation and self-reflection. I am reading books by Maurus weekly. He has written several Better Yourself books. Last week, I read  Cybernatics of Liberation from Negative Patterns of Living. In this book, Maurus proposed ways to overcome loneliness, anxiety, depression, and self-doubt. He stresses the need for meditation. “When one reflects upon the far they’ve come, the storms they have crossed; they become rejuvenated to endure what they are currently going through.”

This week, I am reading It’s Human Relations that Count. In this book, Maurus observes that we strive to obtain job knowledge and acquire skills so as to enrich ourselves. Surprisingly, even then, we are still unsatisfied.  According to him, these do not guarantee success. The ability to get along with others is what counts. He gives examples of simple actions that greatly impact human relations. These are: respect for other’s personality, being considerate of the feelings of others, listening attentively to others, checking up on friends and family, and most importantly, smiling. What sunshine is to flower, a smile is to humanity.

Next week, I intend to read the Art of Common-sense Living, where Maurus shows how applying common sense to every situation one faces can make a difference, be it situations of joy and sadness, success or failure, and satisfaction or frustration.

Revised daily routine

8 am – 9 am: Waking Up

  • Meditate for 15 minutes
  • Shower and Breakfast

9 am: Video Call with my family in Uganda

9:30 am – 12 pm : Research

  • I aim at publishing 2 articles this year.
  • I use this time to read extensively.

12 pm – 2 pm : Housekeeping and Lunch

  • Chores
  • Lunch and checking up on friends

2 pm – 3 pm: Read a book by Maurus

3 pm – 5 pm: Relaxing

  • Watch a movie
  • Evening tea (ginger, lemon and cinnamon)

5 pm – 7 pm: Family time and Exercise

  • Video call with my family
  • Rope skipping and stretching from the compound

7 pm – 8 pm: Shower and Dinner

8:30 pm – 10.30 pm: Read for the remaining exams

10: 30 pm – 11.30 pm: Relaxing and Social Media

  • Watch a movie
  • Check up on my friends

11.30 pm – 12.30 am Wrapping up

  • Reflect on the day’s activities
  • Journal
  • Prayer
  • Sleep

This article was written by Sebayiga Vianney, Student Council, Male Academic Representative (2019/2020). 

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