We are entering the fifth month of the pandemic in the United States where working from home, social distancing, and wearing masks is now the norm.
It's easy to see the downsides.
I haven't hugged my mom in five months, I've put on a few pounds, I worry about my family and friends a lot more. I worry about MY future a lot more.
The list could go on and on.
It's easy to feel like there are no upsides, but there are. You just have to look for them. If I look, what are my upsides?
I rescued a German Shepherd when having a German Shepherd was literally on my bucket list.
I got to ease into retirement from the Army a little more smoothly than expected because I was working from home the preceding two weeks anyway.
My daughter gets to have an extended stay with her previously long-distance boyfriend, and that has been great for their relationship.
Frankly, the pandemic has allowed me to set up my new business better, because I had the time. While other businesses were figuring out how to keep doing business in the new normal, I could take my time and figure out my new business with this AS my normal!
So I encourage you to stay positive, especially during a pandemic, for the following reasons:
I know it's hard; our brains are wired for a negativity bias because this kept us alive in man's early evolutionary days.
But we have to overcome this, and the only way to do so is by consciously thinking of the positive side of things.
A post or two ago, I said that we have been flying the holding pattern hoping something would change quickly and for the better.
To continue that metaphor, I give you this quote:
Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.
So let's stop feeling like our plane is going to run out of fuel short of the airport and start jetting off to our future!
Leaving you with this from the lighter side: "A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it can annoy enough people to make it worth the effort." Herm Albright
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