Finding the good in a bad situation is often as simple as looking for it.

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.
Here’s why:
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.

“There are things I can’t force. I must adjust. There are times when the greatest change needed is a change of my viewpoint.”

– Denis Diderot

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!

One thought on “Finding the good in a bad situation is often as simple as looking for it.

  1. I’ll start off the comments with an example from my current situation.

    Like many people right now, I’m stuck at home and unable to work. That’s been pretty stressful… at least at first.
    However, once I started actively looking for the positives here’s what I found.

    Being out of work has also meant:

    – More time with my family! In particular, I’ve been loving this chance to connect with my daughter over a few fun projects we’ve started together (learning piano and Spanish to name a few).

    – Time to focus on personal side projects. One of them is this blog, but I’m also designing a video eCourse and a language learning program for kids. I probably wouldn’t have had the time, or the drive to do this were it not for losing my job.

    – Time to focus on my body. As a career acrobat, my body has taken a lot of punishment over the years, and I haven’t always had (or taken) the time to fully heal before getting back into intense training. Now that I’m constrained to only train at home, I’ve been using this time to rehabilitate all my old injuries and work on gaining mobility. Funny enough, I wouldn’t be surprised if I’m in the best shape of my life by the time they lift the isolation measures, which is quite an unexpected silver lining since my initial thought was that my training was going to suffer the most.

    – Breakthroughs in the way I work and think about work. One of the unexpected benefits of being out of work is that it has put a creative fire under me to look at new ways to do my old work or new ways of working altogether. I’ve started experimenting with some online tools that may change the way I work even after things return to the way they were (though it’s still early to say).

    That’s quite a few silver linings. Definitely makes the whole thing easier. I hope you find this exercise useful as well.
    Take care!


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