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20 April 2021

A winning article – Lockdown through the eyes of CURRO AURORA’s Deputy Phase Head: Ms Nelline le Roux
08 May 2020

I am a teacher at Curro Aurora and we were motivated to write during our lockdown. Curro Holdings challenged its employees to enter a competition hosted by head office called, ‘Vasbyt’ – powerful word in reality. Taking in the information around me I decided to write from my heart, my perception of what COVID-19 is and its relationship to us, ‘people’. I believe this is collective pain that each and every one will encounter and that this is a lesson larger than life. 


Cornered Collectively by the Coveted COVID-19


How quietly she stretches out, clutching the universe to her, clawing her way into human lungs,

sucking their very breath, their life force. Unknowing to us she twirls around the globe tightening her forceful power, squeezing away at the universe.


She is multi -faceted thus difficult to catch nor manoeuvre out of lives. Billions of humans, intellectually privileged species, yet none of us could see her coming. She came like a thief in the deep of the night and stole our well-being. Making certain to tell us in no uncertain terms that life's choices would no longer be ours.


COVID made it very clear in her very acts, ‘I'd stay put right within your communities, I will take

away your bread and leave your cupboards bare, I will steal your freedom and make you yearn

for better health, I am pick-pocketing your pocket, your hearts and souls. I'm snatching your

world and making it mine, I am the hijacker and you are only but a human who thought that the

choices were yours’.


‘Let me tell you that that's not all I'm taking away. Tears you will shed; pain will be felt.

Disharmony, discontentment and disconnection are the 3s that will bring you down to your knees

yearning for the end of me and the survival of you. And this is non-negotiable you smart humans.

You, your friends, communities, loved ones, are all part of this challenge collectively. And

collectively you will be notified of any change to my status. I can tell you this though, wherever you experience a hole of pain there within is your learning. Be quick to learn and practise your learning, mend your ways and thread the world in the tapestry of love once again.’


And the chaos began, the world was in plight, flight we wanted but there was no place to hide.

The images were and are being publicised for all to see. Statistically millions infected, many have

left our land. Sadness pervaded every soul, nook and cranny. The world was shattered from the

mighty COVID. Scientists tried their very best, health workers claimed every waking moment.

Graves were dug in bulk; no goodbyes were allowed to put loved ones to rest. Darkness pervaded every human.


Prayer of every sort was sent, yet all went wrong in the human life. Leaders of every kind knew that it was time. Lockdown! Quarantine!


PLAN A. All for the sake of saving lives, plan A was implemented. This in itself became a catch 22

situation, lockdown meant the massive fall of economy. Poverty and strife was the other

diseases to be endured. And there was NO plan B in sight. What now the people said, conundrum! It was the most difficult conundrum. COVID whispered in her fiery voice,

‘From one person to another, the universe has been pleading with you’: Learn! And practise your


And then the humans had no choice. They began to pull away from the rat race, taking deep breaths, ignoring the darkened mind space, thinking more deeply about what they wanted to bring forth from this learning and back into their life. This was their chance to define a new version of new normalisation, a rare and truly opportune experience to leave behind the misdemeanours, rise with what works best in their lives, that which bring with it gratitude, acceptance, creativity, and wholesome a human life. Simplicity was the key to making their lives richer and fuller.


In the time of isolation, they found ways to make their families happier in a holistic way. Vital aspects of life were top prioritisation and it was implemented throughout all aspects which previously was taken for granted. And then life began to take a bend, most clearly witnessed in each household, country was tolerance, tolerance to live with what they had and yearning for none. During this trying period a deep care, the empathy for one another which was lacking before became paramount in various acts witnessed. Unity amongst most. This was seen in many supportive global spaces, a meal dropped off for a neighbour, a Zoom birthday party, sharing with others, adapting and changing human behaviours, a kind word a comforting call, the most important one was seen in people's attitude, we are no better than the other.


All of this human behaviour change was shown in their acts of love. And as humans they wanted

to define their lives, their country, the world accordingly. Most knew that this was their chance to

do that, the biggest opportunity they have ever gotten to learn and grow, to be better humans.

Even though the number of infections grew daily the human population held strongly together

with deep faith in their hearts that someday soon an intellectual human will beat her COVID.

He or she will come up with the all-healing vaccine that will destroy this plague.


That day is on the horizon. It was coming closer and closer. And when that day will dawn all of

the universal bells will toll with the glory of love, unity and oneness. Each and every human will fall to his knees not only from the gratitude of defeat of the massive plague but a thankfulness for the opportunity to learn and grow, to discard the habits that inhibited his holistic growth. The knowledge that the magnitude of human chaos was clearly brought upon ourselves and the lesson learnt was to be remembered for all times from generation to generation.


‘The demolition and reconstruction of the human mind and bringing together the human kind.

And this I have no doubt will soon be celebrated in every thought, word and act across every

space of mankind, from corner to corner of the universe. And all will be well like time after time over ages and eras mankind will once again live harmoniously as one.’

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