If there’s one thing that the current pandemic has made very clear, it’s this:
There are some things we just can’t control.
That’s a hard fact. No one can wish away a virus anymore than they can wish away a raincloud.
However, that doesn’t mean that the situation is hopeless, or that there’s nothing to be done.
There are some things we can control.
Among these, one of the most powerful is your control over how you choose to interpret any given situation and it’s meaning for you (past or present). You’d be surprised how easily you can find useful lessons and even unexpected opportunities in an otherwise “bad” situation just as soon as you try to see things from a more positive and productive angle. Those are the things to focus on. Especially in uncertain times like these.
If you’ve been feeling stressed about the situation in the world today, know this:
Your stresses are valid, but they are not the full picture.
Somewhere within the same “negative” situation that causes you stress there are surely positives too, if you know where to look. Focus on those. This is not to deny the existence of any negative aspects in your situation. It’s merely a choice to focus your attention in ways that are healthier for you, and more beneficial. Not only are you likely to feel a lot better, but you may even discover opportunities you hadn’t considered.
Finding the good in a bad situation is often as simple as looking for it.
You may not always think it will make a difference, but sometimes it will make all the difference.
Try it and see.
// What ways have you been able to find the positive in a bad situation? Let me know in the comments below!