“To become a happy person have a clean soul, eyes that see romance in the commonplace, a child’s heart, and spiritual simplicity.”

― Norman Vincent Peale, The Power of Positive Thinking

This morning I was meditating on shifting perspective and focus from what hasn’t worked to what has. Everything is about gratitude…positive thinking…and perspective.

As we dive head first into a new year with anticipation, desperation and excitement, I think its important that we stay grounded in reality and focused on gratitude.

There truly is always something to be grateful for.

I am lucky enough to be part of an amazing community with Elephant Journal and have read some pretty amazing and insightful articles regarding the pros and cons of 2020. Some really resonated with me. Especially the pros.

In life we are expected to experience downtimes, difficult moments, trauma, financial troubles, break-ups, divorces, infidelity, sickness, family strife and so on. Our perspective is our most powerful tool in how we handle these situations. It would be silly to think we are going to breeze through life without ever experiencing excruciatingly difficult times. The fact that its unexpected is what causes us to deep dive into panic, anxiety, depression, anger, worry, etc.

Listen, I am not saying this year didn’t suck, because it did, but there were also many many gifts that I am grateful for and my focus is on those things. We can all sit in our sadness, our worry, our depression, our addictions and our anxiety about life. Its easy to do. Its also easy to focus on what we do not have and for those who have lost loved ones, jobs, homes, and businesses my heart absolutely BLEEDS for you beyond explanation. I have thought about nothing but the elderly who are in nursing homes, alone, no human connection other than their amazing and brave caretakers. This really has been on my mind non-stop and I spend time thinking about ways I can somehow make their life a little more livable and helping them to feel less alone.

However, if we sit in our panic, fears, sadness, and anxiety we are no good to anyone. We have to find a way to fight back. To survive like our forefathers did. Do you remember them, the people who fought for our country, experienced famine, disease, poverty and execution. How about when life expectancy was 35.

We are depressed because we are confined to our homes, but think about what they experienced. They weren’t confined to warm homes, with home gyms, iPhone 12 pro, big screen TVs and Netflix. They had…NOTHING!

I know being confined to our homes is not ideal, I too suffered from isolation and even had a small fear of leaving the house that I had to conquer but I always kept it in perspective. I am safe, I am healthy and I am alive. Being home is OK and we will survive. This will resolve, we will rebuild – we just have to stay safe and follow the rules (stay home & wear a mask people!)

Our true focus should be….how we can help others!

We need to help our front line workers and I am not referencing only healthcare and first responders…but how about the people shopping for us and delivering our groceries, our customer service agents, cashiers, mail carriers, workers who are busy delivering our packages, vehicle technicians, parking attendants, Covid testing liasons. How about them? How can we make life a little easier for them?

What are we doing for the people who are dying in hospitals alone? How can we help their families who are feeling helpless and scared and are grieving beyond belief.

Its time for us to unleash our true and natural humanitarian side! So, while we are confined to our comfortable homes in front of our iPhones, laptops and TV’s let’s take this downtime to help others.

What do you think?

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