Trying to Choose Hope

I am not generally an optimistic person. I have always been the one to see the worst-case scenario. I avoid positivity because it is easier to expect the worst and be pleasantly surprised than to be disappointed when things don’t go the way you want. That is not going to work during this pandemic. I’ve had some bad days over the past few weeks. I’m stressed. I’m anxious. I’m sad. I can’t do this for the next month, especially when I can’t go anywhere or do anything. If I’m going to live in my head for the next month my head needs to be a better place. So, I am going to start choosing to find the positives, even in the news.

I won’t just look at the number of positive cases. I will also look at the far greater number of negative tests.

I won’t just look at the number of deaths.  I will also look at the recovery numbers.

I will look for signs that it might be getting better.

I won’t focus on the things I can’t do but will try my best to enjoy the things I can do.

I will find joy in the time I get to spend with family.

I will take the time to watch the artists who are performing online shows.

I will take walks outside as much as possible and enjoy nature.

I will try to take the time to write more and maybe try for more than a blog post I’ve written in 10 minutes(like this one).

I will still take the situation seriously. I won’t violate the social distancing rules. I will still have down times when all of the bad overwhelms me.  I will just try to balance it with thoughts of hope and a better tomorrow.


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