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Quarantine Series – Is it possible to be positive in the middle of a crisis?

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I have seen a lot of posts recently about how the gravity of what’s going on has really weighed on everyone’s hearts. Its caused stress, anxiety and depression. As someone who has experienced all these emotions for a good chunk of my life, I can relate and empathize with everyone’s feelings.

It’s incredibly easy to get lost in the noise and the black hole of despair and panic. Many times it happens so gradually that you don’t notice it’s happened until its consuming all your thoughts. And being stuck in your home, while keeping yourself safe, is adding to the stress and anxiety in your life. But take heart and think about all that we have overcome in the past! We have overcome personal, social, regional and national catastrophes as a nation. And through it all we have come out stronger than we were before. Life is always going to throw things your way, it’s always going to have ups and downs. And as stressful and disheartening as those moments are, they teach us lessons. They teach us to be kinder, loving, smarter, and more confident. If we were to not face trials in life, we would not grow and succeed.

Staying positive through tragedy, embracing change and knowing that the future is bright is all you can do. Embrace the change, embrace the good and the bad, embrace the present and look to the future full of hope. Life will be crazy and the anxiety will run high at times. But you can find joy in the midst of anxiety. It is possible to feel all the emotions at once! Let them run — be positive while still being anxious. Be joyful while still feeling the pang of sorrow. It is when we suppress them that they can take over our lives. Be okay with things being stressful, anxious, overwhelming. But also be okay with joy and light being present as well. You can feel all the emotions and its okay to do so!

However you are feeling in the midst of this pandemic, remember that its okay to feel the emotions. It’s okay to be overwhelmed, but don’t be afraid to be positive as well. You aren’t negating the things going on in the world, you are just choosing to be a light in the midst of that darkness!

Quarantine Series – Why us? Why now?

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Covid-19, why did it happen to us? Why did this happen right now? Why did it have to disrupt weddings, graduations, births, and more? Is it possible to have confidence in the face of Covid-19? Is it possible to see the world, in all its pain and suffering, and still have confidence? I would argue that yes, not only is it possible, it is desperately needed.

You see if we walk into situations full of fear and panic, that fear and panic will simply grow and grow until you collapse from the weight of it. And it’s honestly the easiest response. Giving into fear and panic is the easy answer. It’s the most accepted answer in today’s society. But what happens if we counter society, what happens if we walk into a situation with confidence instead of fear? What might happen is that we pull together. We become the community we were always meant to be. We become the lifeblood of the nation and care for our neighbors! We pull together to take care of the sick, elderly, poor, disabled, etc. Confidence over fear shows that we believe that as a society we are greater than the fear of a pandemic.

But where does this confidence come from? This confidence comes from faith. Faith that there is a God who is just, powerful and knows more than we ever will. Faith that our God is all powerful, mighty and we can trust Him even in the worst of times. Confidence that He is a God that is bigger than anything we can face and that when we put our confidence in Him there is no need to fear. I’m not going to lie; we got some devastating news this week and my initial thought was anger at God. How could He let this happen? How could He not know how important this was? Why now? Why us?

Honestly, I don’t know the answers to these questions. I think many times its easy to wallow and be frustrated when things don’t go our way. And as someone who really struggles not to get jealous of others, I can find my jealousy rearing its ugly head when things happen. Why did this have to happen to us, did we do something to deserve this? I don’t think we did. I don’t think this is a punishment for something we did. Maybe, just maybe, this is God pushing us toward Him and pushing us to be more like Him. To show grace and love even when things aren’t going the way we wanted or planned. That maybe when I prayed as a child to be the most compassionate person in the world, that I would face obstacles where I could show compassion and kindness. Compassion and kindness don’t happen overnight, they happen through time and facing obstacles.

So yes, things like viruses, war, famine, etc. are going to come into our lives. It will be frustrating, upsetting, and cause a little bit of chaos. But there is no reason to not have confidence in the midst of them. No reason to let our confidence waiver in the midst of these situations. Yes it is hard and yes it is not fun, but in the end it will be worth it. I want to look back at the end of my life and be proud of how I handled myself in times of stress and panic. Did I give in and get upset? Or did I step up with confidence and kindness? We have a choice and it is yours alone to make.

This isn’t to say that we shouldn’t take precautions or be aware of your surroundings and stay safe. But I don’t believe that we should give into fear and panic. Regardless of what’s going on, we are stronger when we stay stable, confident and unified. So, stand strong, support each other, support your neighbor and keep going. The more confidence we have that we can beat this and move on, the faster things will progress. Mindset is everything people. Change your mindset, change your life!