What are some of the words that come to mind as we sit here in our homes practicing self-isolation? Well, if we let them, one can certainly come up with quite a few and most of them would have negative connotations.
I thought about this the other evening when I had a bit too much time on my hands. Rather than write a post with negative connotations, I have reversed my train of thinking, and using the words that came to mind switched this to a positive post. Hope the article does not disappoint.
Words that crossed my mind were: Anxiety; Frustration; Scared; Thought; Alone; Future and Worry to name just a few.
So how does one take on the task of viewing what many would consider words with negative connotations into a positive blog post. Well, first thing I did was to look up the definitions of each of these words to get a better perspective as to how they relate to our current situation and I am referring to the pandemic and our self-isolation. I then added my thoughts as to how I would think about that particular word.
Anxiety: Anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress. It’s a feeling of fear or apprehension about what’s to come. But, what am I a mind reader? How do I know what is about to come? I don’t so what’s the problem?
Frustration: Frustration is the feeling of being upset or annoyed, especially because of an inability to change or achieve something. Okay, we all know that we do not have the ability to change or achieve something different especially when it comes to this pandemic we are experiencing – so why am I frustrated? I cannot change it. Case closed! Doing the best we can is all we can hope for.
Scared: Scared is being thrown into or being in a state of fear, fright, or panic. And, being scared is going to change anything? Duh, suck it up buttercup, can’t change it, so why be scared? Do whatever you can to avoid the problem and take all the necessary precautions.
Thought: The action or process of thinking. Hmmm, this one took a bit of thinking – but ah, the Dalai Lama came through:
“If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in the dark with a mosquito.” Dalai Lama
One thing we should keep uppermost in our minds during this time is the power of “Positive thinking!” Negative thinking will only bring you down. Stay positive – you’ll feel better for it.
Alone: Alone or separated from others; isolated. This brought to mind yet another a quote, one by Robin Williams: “I used to think the worst thing in the world was to end up all alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people that make you feel all alone.” Such is not the case cause we are all in this together
Future: The future is the period of time that will come after the present, or the things that will happen then! When I think about the future – I am reminded of a quote by Abraham Lincoln who said: “The best thing about the future is it comes one day at a time.” One day at a time, folks, one day at a time!
Worry: Worry is to allow one’s mind to dwell on difficulty or troubles. Oh, have I got the solution to the word Worry – As a matter of fact the solution is in the form of a wooden plaque I have hanging in my office which reads:
There are only two things to worry about – either you are well or you are sick. If you are well, then there is nothing to worry about. But if you are sick, there are two things to worry about. Either you will get well or you will die. If you get well there is nothing to worry about. If you die there are only two things to worry about – either you will go to Heaven or Hell. If you go to Heaven there is nothing to worry about. But if you go to Hell, you’ll be so damn busy shaking hands with friends, you won’t have time to worry!
Enough of my frivolity. We are all human. True these are scary times and the words I just made fun of can cause us to take pause and drift into a negative state of mind. It will take time for things to get back to normal and who knows what the new normal will even look like? But we have to hope that all will turn around, maybe not as soon as we would hope it would, but turn around it will.
Let’s face it, we are all human. My way of coping and to get me through most days without even thinking about any of these words, is to turn to humor.
I think John Cleese said it best when he said:
Your body cannot heal without play. Your mind cannot heal without laughter. Your soul cannot heal without joy. – John Cleese
Let me end this post with but another quote:
“A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs – jolted by every pebble in the road. – Henry Ward Beecher, American clergyman
Let us not make this a bumpy ride, keep smiling and know that this too shall pass! Stay safe my friends.
Until next time!