I’m a “The Glass is Half Full” person. Always have been.
Like most of you, I’ve had my share of difficulties, from losing loved ones to painful ends to relationships to financial uncertainty. And now, add the COVID-19 pandemic to that list. Despite these challenging times, I work to focus on the good that inevitably arises from a bad situation.
Why must we undergo difficult times? The reasons may differ from one person to another. Passages in the Torah and the Bible speak to the belief that The heart of man plans his way, but God establishes his steps.
Collectively we may undergo the same experience, but the lessons learned and the opportunities available may differ. To discover our personal path forward, we must open our hearts and minds to the good that lies before us. We must hold faith in the goodness that surrounds our lives. This is not easy. It calls on us to have a positive mindset.
Kendra Cherry at Very Well Mind describes a positive mindset this way: “It’s…approaching life’s challenges with a positive outlook. It does not necessarily mean avoiding or ignoring the bad things; instead, it involves making the most of the potentially bad situations, trying to see the best in other people, and viewing yourself and your abilities in a positive light.” For me, I am certainly not avoiding the important information I need to know right now in order to be safe, but rather not allowing this massive shift in my life to take over my thoughts. I have thought about lessons that I am learning right now such as becoming recommitted to the benefit of quiet, unplugged time and gaining writing inspiration from those who are accomplishing herculean feats to keep communities safe and vibrant. So for me right now, I see the glass is half full… maybe even completely full!
How are you focusing on the positive aspects of your life’s experience right now?