When I began writing in March, the focal point was on spring cleaning our emotions so that we categorise what is essential and select what isn’t in our lives. To encounter a liberty that opens doorways to change that a new season brings. As I write the world we live in has altered dramatically. Where many countries have now moved into some form of lockdown to contain a worldwide pandemic that proves to be extremely critical to public health. Key services are stretched beyond limits to contain and mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
For millions of us, this spring has brought uncertainty as we watch a global crisis overtake our lives in numerous ways. Self-isolating and social distancing has become some of the key words of the moment. And we find ourselves socially removed from all that once may have seemed familiar to us.
To kick-start new beginnings in uncertain times is perplexing. Furthermore in such a serious health crisis that could affect us all. The most important thing we can do is recognise that staying at home is such a serious decision we must make today if we are going to help medical staff save lives.
To embrace the ‘oh well’ of such a dire situation requires we implement a successive mental process to discard ravaging and harmful emotions. So that we step up with expectancy and hope, by choosing an optimistic mind set in this unprecedented and struggling time. To move forward knowing that God’s peace will surpass any crisis (Philippians 4:7). While comprehending that this is no trivial matter. Research has indicated how confirmed cases are arising at an alarming rate. In addition, so is the death toll. To trigger a change in our thinking, so we will be filled with a sense of peace. Not unnecessary piles of suppressed emotions. Allowing our focus to pivot towards discovering newborn ways of connecting with people and unfolding out of the extraordinary experiences we might all be experiencing. As we figure life amid a rapid change of daily events that is evolving even as I write this. We are compelled to become creative and consider all the ways we can appreciate the situations that may have become ‘oh well’ in our lives right now and inject new promise. Because faith in God provides us with the confidence of a bright ahead and we must remain positive, despite the calamity we confront.
What goals can you clearly focus on?
- Letting go allows you to not battle with being who someone else wants you to be. Living up to the expectations of others. Listening to their opinions or requiring their validation.
- This is your life and in order not to lose sight of the instances where situations in the world we live in can be cruel or mean. We need to recognise how not to allow negative remarks or fleeting, brash comments to turn into a cynical conversation with ourselves that we end up beating ourselves with.
- Self-development upskills us to effectively lead ourselves first before we can gain the insight and wisdom to lead others.
Where do your intentions and passion lie?
- To lead by example, are you disciplined enough to persevere down hard and unfavourable paths despite testing and adversity?
- Continually you will have to invent and reinvent yourself to unearth your God given potential so that people matter more than possessions. Similiar to the global crisis we all are facing, we have to learn and amend things as we go along.
- To lead compellingly, you need to retains lessons from the ‘oh wells’ of life. Instead of resigning from situations or allowing disappointment to outstrip your passions. So you can count your life by every try rather than a string of ‘what ifs’.
- People are an extremely important part of our lives. Those we love and cherish so dearly. Make sure they know how much you care. Remind yourself that it matters, they matter and so do their efforts.
What alternatives, possibilities and solutions will you enact today?
- I choose to be happy no matter what. Gazing forward I see better days. But today I confirm that living in this moment might be difficult, but is important because today is a present from God.
- You may break the rules by spending a bit more money but in time we regulate what we have and what we give. Discovering that saying no isn’t a weakness.
- Head into today saying please and thank you to everyone and for everything.
- In a world flooded with social media, make the time to disconnect to boost your mental health. There are hidden opportunities social distancing presents – to fast, pray and connect with God our source.
- We contemplate relationships a lot, but you have to discover your own tricks to building genuine and sustaining ones that are partnerships and create wins in your life.
- If you are blessed to have best friends, there may be something they can teach you.
- Every time we fall in life, we experience hidden treasures as God lifts us back to our feelings. And in that difficulties lies hidden opportunities for His promise to enfold in our lives.
- Don’t be a counterfeit. Neither be involved in those conversations that are not beneficial with fake people.
- Keep growing, your schedule should be filled with… so what I should do next!
- One thing that is vital to life is unlearning things you learnt and undoing those things you once did, to build a new fabulous life.
- What others say is only their opinion. You should not base your feelings on what other people say.
- In a world so frantically busy, recognise the difference between rushing and hurrying.
- This journey is indeed precious beyond words and we should never forge the bridges that were built from every sacrifice that has brought you across them.
- Inside us all is an artist, one who is compelled to creativity. Find your creative side.
- Live every day aiming to be your true authentic self.
- Never forget to celebrate every milestone in life as those are the memories you bank forever.
- Give more. Take less. Always forgive.
- Kindness should never be underestimated. Whether that be a smile word or action. One day you will look back and think about all those wonderful people in your life you once know and how they made you feel.
How can you boost your mood?
- Reliability, honesty and the truth are the keys to success.
- Declutter emotional and mental blocks you tackle. Learn to let go of one thing every day for at least one month, then trying doing that forever.
- Someone famous said that talent may open the door of opportunity but it is your strength of character that will keep that door open.
- Every day has an opportunity, a chance of newness (Isaiah 43:19). Look for it. Rather than striking each day off the calendar.
- Never stop learning; everyone has something to teach you today, for tomorrow.
- Master the art of letting go. That emotional baggage, those negative attitudes, emotions. No jealousy criticism or envy is every worth that much. Choose enthusiasm and thankfulness always as you bring the best out of yourself by living with responsibility (Ephesians 4:22-24).
- Look in the mirror and embrace fresh starts and hold yourself accountable to the highest standard, that you are who God made you be to. And no standard should ever match that (2 Corinthians 5:17).
- You are the best version God has made you to be of yourself. Forget the past, its history, but keep those key moments to hold onto as you focus on living and carving your name on people’s hearts.
- Aim to dare. And do one thing. Be great! Dream everything you never thought possible and let all that you do be an expression of you (Psalm 40:3).
- The only way to become a giant is to surround yourself with people who are unique and have unlimited potential for greatness.
- Keep studying and reading until life expires. Because every moment is a chance to start again (Lamentations 3:22-23).
- Rebuild a healthier live to prosper, spirit, body and soul with God as our guide forever. Aim for a vibrancy in your emotions by establishing mental resilience.
- God is the author of our lives. He can restore everything that you have lost (Joel 2:25).
Embrace this untravelled season we all are journeying along. Where unknown ways can be difficult to adjust to. As we apprehend how to adapt to guidance and restrictions placed upon our lives and livelihood. To soberly and safely act on the urgency social distancing will impact the pandemic spread, if we heed critical medical and government advice. As you look ahead, despite the terror looming, know God is preparing you for His promises, encouraging you to be strong and courageous as you focus on His truth and presence that will never leave you uncertain and confused (Joshua 1:9).
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