Corona came, corona is here, corona may never go away, we have to learn to live with it, World Health Organization (WHO) warns. Nobody anticipated that one day during our generation, a pandemic would shake the world: plans have been ruined, educational institutions and social gatherings put to a halt, flights cancelled, hearts wounded, egos bruised, many disturbing questions and few answers. In a word, COVID-19 pandemic has put the world “up-side down.” As we wait in anticipation for the best to happen, most of us have already labeled the year 2020 as a “dead year”. And, looking at the situation in which we are in, one would profoundly say yes, but is that all? It is important to note that a pandemic offers two things: uncertainty and opportunity. The pessimists are surviving while the opportunists are thriving.
We can all choose to thrive. As we battle with all the difficulties and challenges, worries and anxieties, positive attitude is what we need to heal the broken wounds. It is not uncommon to meet people who see their lives as useless because they can no longer afford to provide for their families and loved ones. One then wonders, will continuous worry change the situation of such people? Not at all. Then change your attitude instead. Accept yourself, love yourself and keep moving forward little by little. If you want to fly, you have to give up what weighs you down for example; criticism, abuse, unnecessary fears and negative comments.
Don’t be pushed around by fears in your mind, rather, be led by dreams in your heart and transform your dreams into a reality.
Using the words of St. Teresa of Calcutta that, “peace begins with a smile’, kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless,” we need to believe in the goodness in people by sharing the little we have, or even simply smiling at someone who may be feeling deeply distressed, depressed, stressed and abandoned.
In bid, we need to practice meditation to reduce stress as well as improve our mental and spiritual health. Above all, we need to hold unto the Bible, for our sense of direction and answers to all our questions. It is a BIBLE
At a time when all seems lost, we need to go back to the Basic Instructional Book for Living on Earth and our hope will be rekindled. The Psalmist says in Psalm 91:7 “A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand fall at your right hand, but you shall not be harmed.” If you saw the size of the blessing coming, then you would understand the battle you are fighting. Don’t lose hope, trust in God and he will certainly carry you through these hard times of the pandemic and even more challenging situations.
Some of us are looking at the year 2020 as “a dead year” because we have one reality-a job, and now that it is no more, life has in a way lost meaning. We are thinking of options but at the same time we are tied by fears of public opinion. “How will others look at me” mentality.
Don’t let the expectations and opinions of other people affect your decisions. Rather, do what makes you alive and happy. It is only after you have stepped outside your comfort zones and dropped your fears that you begin to change, grow and transform. Life is a series of baby steps, dare it.
One would say we are never in control of what happens around us, God does, but we are always in control of what happens within our minds and hearts. So, our attitude plays a vital role in shaping our way of life during and after the pandemic. It will carry us through all the challenges we are facing. Not all hope is gone. By God’s grace, we shall come out as more successful and better people but only when we think as we not I.
By Sr. Rovinah Ninsiima MSMMC
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