By Bathandwa Magqaza
This article is exclusive to the Online Edition 10 of VARSITY News.
Industrialisation and modernity have made us accustomed to many things, efficient network conditions (internet connectivity) in particular. Nevertheless, load shedding has had detrimental effects on this privilege as well as on our economy, industries and productivity. However, did you ever stop to think about the benefits that can be sown and reaped during load shedding?
Televisions, laptops, cellphones and social media have deprived us from being fully present and spending quality time with those closest at heart – families. We spend so much time binging on Netflix, checking our newsfeeds and story panels, capturing moments that would have been more enjoyable had there been no cameras involved. All of this for the sake of clout, more followers and likes.
When all lights are out and there’s poor connectivity with the Wi-Fi or mobile data, don’t whine, sleep or pass time with unproductive activities. Rather say, “YES! FINALLY, I HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEND QUALITY TIME AND HAVE GENUINE CONVERSATIONS WITH MY FAMILY.” The importance of this cannot be overemphasised. Life is bounded by mortality, we are all here for a limited amount of time. Therefore, spend time with and show love to your families while we’re still here.
Since we are living in unprecedented times and enduring a pandemic, it most likely that fear and pessimism will permeate the minds of many. Meditating and exercising during load shedding could be gatekeepers of such. Dr. Emmett Miller – one of the first practitioners of modern mind-body medicine – claims, “Meditation equips one with a potential to treat physical illnesses, emotional imbalances, and maladaptive habits and addictions.” Moreover, he asserts that it enables one to heal, improve performance of both mind and body. Therefore, I advise you read on meditation and mindfulness, first, before you practice it.
The recommended sources to find out about load shedding schedules are http://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/Residential-utility-services/Residential-electricity-services/Load-shedding-and-outages and https://www.eskom.co.za/CustomerCare/Towns/Pages/default.aspx