With social distancing and quarantine all over the country, it is natural to feel disconnected from friends and some of those who constitute our support system. At times like this, it is easy to feel despondent. But, we can choose to be intentional about living life well, even in the midst of adversity.
Friends or family may be sick from the virus, or they may have lost jobs. These are incredibly difficult situations for everyone to cope with. But, good things can be born through adversity. We build resilience as we endure hard times. As Robert Schuller said, tough times don’t last, tough people do! The pandemic is temporary. At some point, it will pass! Don’t ever forget that!
Find ways to still connect with friends, like through FaceTime or zoom. Get some popcorn and a drink and host a watch party. Connecting with others reminds you that you are not alone. Call a trusted friend or family member to talk about how you are feeling. Talking through problems can bring greater clarity and sharing our burdens can make them feel lighter. Sometimes we just have to endure the dark of night, knowing that after every dark night, morning comes. Life is full of ups and downs; sometimes there are more downs than ups and sometimes, its the opposite. Yet, in spite of challenging times, it is possible to live life well by being positive and being intentional about our actions and responses.
“… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt