One of my favorite quotes from my early life was:
The happiest people in the world don’t necessarily have the best of things, they make the best of things.
I’ve been reflecting on that much more in this whole pandemic.
The virus and its health impact are one thing. But the side effects of it are a whole other beast …. two things in particular are the financial impact (those out of work, businesses teetering on bankruptcy) and to our mental health (being in isolation, the fear and worry of the financial, etc).
So I’ve been rehearsing this mindset again …. over and over and over.
And something came to mind … if I am to make the best of things, I must see the best in things.
I must have open eyes. I must be looking for the good — for hope and opportunity.
Therefore, my new daily mantra is this:
Every day, I see the best in my situation.
- What am I meant to learn from it?
- What has these constraints forced me to see, or do, or learn?
- What are the unintended consequences of this and how can I lean into them?
- How is this experience shaping my life, my character?
- Where can I use and apply this? For myself? For others?
How about you?