Power to Choose

Choose happiness

Power to Choose

People say that setting challenges for ourselves can make us stronger. Amid COVID-19, controlling our minds is probably the hardest work most of us have ever had. People (including myself) keep saying: 

  • Be grateful, appreciate what you have – you are breathing!
  • Learn a new skill; you have more time now!
  • Be kind to yourself; you are your best doctor.
  • Find a way to help someone in need; the world needs you!
  • Meditate to keep calm and balanced.

But, how can someone do that while feeling overwhelmed or sad? 

People are being separated from friends and family, losing their jobs, getting sick, and having to say goodbye to beloved ones – that is so hard! Seeing pain and despair is difficult; being in the middle of it is even harder. A post-pandemic trauma is here to stay.

Start From The Beginning

When dealing with a disturbance such as this one, it is complicated to hold on to our happy mood unless we focus on what is doable today, and find reasons to lift ourselves. And I mean it, keeping our five senses – here and now – paying attention only to the present moment helps.

There is no magic. When dealing with uncertainty, the lack of control can make us feel anxious and depressed, which poisons our minds and hearts. We are dragged into a rabbit hole and start to lose hope, and losing hope is the worst thing we can do to ourselves.

Making a Change

I wanted to give our souls a vitamin boost this week, and I had an idea.

Find something beautiful around you and take a picture. If you can’t find anything at your home, walk to a park, look for a window, or look through the photo book on your phone! Maybe it is a flower, scenery, your pet playing, kids making a mess, a beautiful dish, a smile; you choose it.

Post it on FB or IG, tag your friends, including myself ( IG: @LupusHope or Facebook: @LupusWithHope ). Invite them to find a sweet moment and share with others, including yourself and I. Let’s create a chain of happy moments, and share them! Make sure to comment on other people’s pictures. Speak from your heart.

If anything, this invisible virus is teaching is to focus our attention on the essential things and the power we have to affect other people’s lives. Choose options that will make you and your friends smile, and go for it.

Choose to Have a Fantastic Day

It all starts with our intention. Our mindset defines what we will see in our outer world, as what we see outside, it what we have inside. I talked a lot about that in previous blogs ( look for Project 20|20: Eyes on Me – Tips for a Better Day ).

That is so simple to realize. Check this out: when we want to buy a car, all you see on the street is the type of car we want. If you dream of having a baby, all you see is cute babies and pregnant women – everyone you know is pregnant, how crazy is that! That is why the saying of we always find what we are looking for is real. Look for what you want to have in your life, and you will find it.

While the new normal is not what we used to have on our past, we all going to be okay. Human beings are resilient and intelligent, and we can adapt. We all (eventually) learn from our mistakes and grow with them. We will find ways to adjust and continue to live in society, no matter what. It is in human nature to be a social animal, and this is our biggest strength.

Let’s embrace this moment, being compassionate to ourselves – give yourself the benefit of experimenting with something new. We are writing a new chapter in our lives. There is nothing wrong with being frustrated, but we have an option to change the tone and swap the music we are playing in our minds. Let’s shake it off!

Yours truly,

Hope

But I keep cruising, can’t stop, won’t stop grooving. It’s like I got this music in my mind saying it’s gonna be alright. – Taylor Swift

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