Corona Virus in Vietnam: keep your sanity with 2 wolves and a few cartoons

We have entered our third month of homeschooling and I don’t expect the schools to open anytime soon anymore. We are practicing non attachement to whatever our normal routine used to be. Kids will remain at home for a while, and we won’t move out of Hanoi, even for a few days.

The tension is palpable. Fear and mistrust weight very heavy those days. I had planned to drive the kids back to Hoi An, so we can at least escape the pollution, but I had to rethink my plans. Taxis are reported to refuse driving foreigners, many homestays cancel the bookings of Europeans, and most restaurants are now closed.

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I can understand. Vietnam has been so good at containing the virus those last weeks. Then all it took was a plane from the UK with a Covid affected Vietnamese jetsetter who didn’t declare her stay in Italy: she is said to have infected many other passengers – most of them European.

At the drop of a conic hat, the country went amok: streets and building under quarantaine, people insulting foreigners without masks.. It only took a few days to forbid all planes from EU country to land in Vietnam for 30 days.

And the wolves came in:

Here is the story I shared with my yoga students this week:

An old Cherokee is sitting around a campfire with his grandson. With the moon illuminating the skies and the wood cracking in the fire, he says: 

“A fight is going on inside me. It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”

 He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

How about us? Which wolf have we been feeding?

If we haven’t been feeding our good wolf, let’s make the decision from the depth of our being, to make the switch.

How to feed our good wolf?

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Practice makes – kinda- perfect. When our good wolf is getting strong, then we can start feeding the good wolf in all the people around us.

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Each time you wash your hands, practice loving kindness. That’s about 20 sec, right ?


Stay healthy my friends! Drink water, exercise and think positive!

Please feel free to share your tips with us 😊




3 thoughts on “Corona Virus in Vietnam: keep your sanity with 2 wolves and a few cartoons

    1. I think so too. I stumbled upon it this week and it felt like a message for those troubled times we are living in. I often stop to think about the wolf I am feeding those days …

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