On Wednesdays, I share posts, fables, songs, poems, quotations, TEDx Talks, cartoons, and books that have inspired and motivated me on my writing journey. I hope these posts will give writers, artists, and other creatives a mid-week boost.
I receive a daily dose of inspiration from bestselling authors and coaches Marc and Angel Chernoff. Here’s a timely segment from Monday’s email:
The mind is our biggest battleground—you know it’s true. It’s the place where the strongest conflict resides. And with COVID-19 occupying so much of our present attention, we need now more than ever to keep ourselves in check.
In the game of life, we all receive a unique set of unexpected limitations and variables in the field of play. The question is: How will you respond to the hand you’ve been dealt? You can either focus on the lack thereof or empower yourself to play the game sensibly and resourcefully, making the very best of every outcome as it arises, even when it’s heartbreaking and hard to accept.
Obviously, with the COVID-19 virus spreading rapidly right now, we are all facing a hard reality. And while human lives are the primary concern, it is also prudent to consider the impact it may have on your mental health. Truth be told, we occupy an uncertain moment in time, on the cusp of a potentially historic event. It’s important to think of ways to mentally and emotionally prepare yourself.
Remind yourself that when you can’t control what’s happening in the world around you, you must challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what’s happening. Because that’s where your power is!
Thus, we all have some incredibly important choices to make…
We can choose how we spend our time in the days and weeks ahead. We can choose gratitude and grace. We can choose whom we socialize with—and perhaps more importantly, whom we don’t (social distancing). We can choose to love and appreciate the people in our lives for exactly who they are. We can choose to love and appreciate ourselves, too. We can choose how we’re going to respond to life’s surprises and disappointments (COVID-19 being one of them), and whether we will see them as curses or opportunities for personal growth.
And, perhaps most importantly, we can choose to think better about our present circumstances, and let go of what we can’t control, so we can consciously make the best of what’s ahead of us.
When we THINK BETTER, we LIVE BETTER, and peace becomes us.
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