“I am so devastated!” “I am so unlucky.” “Why is this happening to my family.”

Words such as these I am frequently hearing from  my friends and peers especially since the beginning of the Covid 19 Pandemic.  This virus has truly been devastating for many people since it became a pandemic.  It has affected them not only physically, but also emotionally and spiritually.

Staying positive despite the pandemic becomes difficult when we seek to find fault for the situation.  Many people are tending to blame politicians, leaders, doctors, or other people for what is happening to them without realizing that this situation is nobody’s fault. While it’s a natural human inclination to look for the source, the cause, and the fault, such thinking interferes with our opportunities for staying positive.

Being Thankful

We also tend to forget to live our lives to the fullest everyday.  We forget that despite this pandemic, there are many things to be thankful for instead of cursing or blaming someone. So what do we do instead?

I have learned the hard way, that looking at the negative and placing blame doesn’t help.  I have come to realize that it’s a blessing every morning just to wake up.  The love I feel from my family, friends, and girlfriend is a blessing. The food I eat, the clothes I wear, the warm bed I sleep in, even the fact that I am healthy is more than enough to say that I am blessed. And I have learned that there are things I can do to stay positive.

Being Productive

I see to it that everyday I accomplish at least one simple thing or one task—like cleaning my room, doing house chores, or completing paper work.  Afterwards, I sometimes play the piano or guitar just to clear my mind.  Another thing that I do to be productive is being active singing in the church Choir.

We can each choose the positive paths that work for us.  Perhaps you might keep a gratitude journal or serve at a food bank helping others.  Maybe you do face time, a phone call, or zoom calls with people who are feeling isolated.  Staying positive during this pandemic means setting our mind to see the brighter side of life.  Spend quality time with your family and friends. Read books. Be productive every day and never forget to pray and seek the inspiration of your own spiritual guide

Author:  Lawrence Matthew Guillermo, Guest Blogger