STAYING POSITIVE IN A CORONA WORLD

Staying positive when the news is all scary and gloom can be a hard, even for the most optimistic people. While it is true, we need to take the Coronavirus Pandemic seriously, it does not mean we have to let it break us. Yes, it is impacting our economy and causing illness worldwide. And, yes, we see, hear and read about these topics literally all day. But in times of constant negative messaging, you need an antidote. One that helps you keep a positive attitude to move forward with determination and hope.

As our daily routines shift and we all adjust to the new normal, it’s important to give yourself permission to feel and just be. Staying positive is not about trying to see the silver lining in all of this. But more about appreciating what we have. Ironically, when you go through a tragedy like this, you appreciate more. You start to realize just how fragile life is and that there are so many things to still be thankful for. If you want to know how to stay positive through all of this, start with enjoying the little things that bring you happiness.

Appreciating the little things in life is about focusing your attention on what is pleasurable, nurturing, and sustaining in your life. It means practicing a positive attitude of gratitude for the small everyday things that are easy to take for granted or miss altogether. In times like these, you need to create little moments that make you feel grateful. So, start each day with a grateful heart and remember, an attitude of gratitude changes everything.

There is nothing as powerful as attitude. It is said, “Your attitude will determine your altitude.” Survival today does not depend on your position, but on your disposition, which is your attitude.  How is it that under the same set of circumstances some people perish and others break records? The difference lies in their attitude.

A positive attitude does not mean that a person is blind to reality, nor does it mean that he has to agree with or accept everything happening in this world. It only means that he has the ability to see and smell an opportunity in every problem. It is about persistence and determination, not discouragement and depression.

In the words of Charles R. Swindoll, “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am personally convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so, it is with you.

As John Homer Miller says, “Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life.”  A person’s mental attitude has an almost unbelievable effect on his powers, both physical and psychological.

I have read this about Bruce Lee. Bruce Lee, the great martial artist, had one leg shorter than the other by one inch, but he didn’t complain. He was near-sighted and had difficulty seeing an opponent without contacts or glasses. Despite these shortcomings, he practised 5,000 punches every day. No wonder, he became a martial arts legend. He made a choice to persist. He realised he had a problem, but he chose to turn it into a purpose. Bruce Lee said, ‘I fear not the man who has practised 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practised one kick 10,000 times.’

Pessimism and negativity are as dangerous or even worse than the coronavirus or other diseases of the heart, or brain, or diabetes, or cancer.  We need to learn how to handle these diseases.

According to Shiv Khera, a pessimist is someone who goes to the land of milk and honey, and the only things he can see are calories and cholesterol. That’s a man who is obsessed with problems and is prone to problems. There are some people in the world, who give you a problem when you present them with a solution. They have a problem for every solution. A pessimist says, ‘It may be possible, but it’s too difficult’, whereas an optimist says, ‘It may be difficult, but it’s possible’. The pessimist focuses on the difficulty, not on the possibility.

St. Paul writes in Philippians 2:5, “Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus.” We are admonished to have the same attitude of Jesus, which is the genuine characteristic of an authentic life.

Jesus Christ left us the perfect example of how our attitude should be. He not only had a positive attitude; He had a winning attitude. The purpose in front of Him was to please The Father. His incentive was the joy of being with His Father (Hebrews 12:2) knowing that He had done His will and saved mankind. The right attitude is not so much about self-seeking, but self-giving for the sake of others.

Philippians 2:6-8 says “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross.”

He emptied Himself of all His rightful privileges and dignity and instead of selfish ambition He took the form of a servant. Jesus Christ in humility considered the interests and needs of others more important than His. And by doing all of this He brought glory to God. The character of God is revealed through the actions of the Son of God; Jesus presents God’s divine selflessness and shows that God is not someone who selfish, but self-giving for the sake of others. We need to understand that Jesus took on the appearance of a servant and that in becoming human, Christ did not cease to be divine; He was God living out a truly human life. In Christ Jesus God has shown his true nature. Jesus not only reveals the character of God but also reveals what it means for us to be created in the image and likeness of God and to have His very Nature.

Jesus said, “Learn of Me, for I am meek, lowly and humble”. This humility and Obedience is characterized in His entire human life. Jesus said, “I came to serve and not to be served”. Mother Teresa said: “Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the grace we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.” She considered serving, loving and caring others is the right attitude. Teresa of Calcutta set an example for all of us as she touched others with the loving hands of Christ. This is the kind of attitude that changes the world.

A positive attitude leads to happiness and success and can change your whole life. If you look at the bright side of life, your whole life becomes filled with light. This light affects not only you and the way you look at the world, but also your whole environment and the people around you. Your attitude is so important and crucial to your victory and fulfilment of your God-given destiny. If you have everything else going well for you, whether you fly, sink or crawl is determined by your attitude. And the root of your attitude usually your thinking. A lot of people struggle with what can best be described as ’depressing thinking’ they carry thoughts like “I’ll never make it”, “Nobody loves me”, “I’m helpless” etc. If you have been entertaining thoughts like that, you need a ‘Mind flush!’ How can you expect anything good to happen in your life when you are speaking these things and you are calling them into being? Victory and Defeat begins in the mind. Remember your attitude determines your altitude.

According to a Stanford Research Institute study, 87.5 percent of people’s success can be traced to their positive attitudes, while just 12.5 percent of their success comes from their aptitude, knowledge, or skills. Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. A person with a positive attitude is like a fruit of all season. Your attitudes and the choices you make today will determine your life tomorrow, build it wisely. You cannot be healthy; you cannot be happy; you cannot be successful; if you have a bad disposition. Ability without the right attitude is wasted energy. Remember. Success is 80% attitude and 20% aptitude. Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude. Therefore, attitude is more important than the heritage, than education, than money, than circumstances, than what people do or say. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It can make beauty ugly and homeliness attractive.

Do you realize that even when a situation looks hopeless, God can still turn it around! You are responsible for your attitude while your attitude is responsible for your altitude. That is how far you will go in life depends largely on your attitude. Attitude is the little key that opens great doors. Attitude is your reactions and actions combined. Your attitude is how you see an issue. This is so important because as a man thinks in his heart so he is (Prov. 23:7).

But the noblest attitude is not only the positive one, it’s the one where there’s a vision and a plan behind it. Where there is no purpose a positive attitude can end up misguided. And once it’s misguided it’s unlikely that it will last. Your attitude is your daily choice. Victor Frankl, said: “The last of human freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.” 

Human beings can alter their lives by altering and changing their attitude of mind. Now, with the world, they can get the attitude by the mental capacity, but with us it’s the spirit.  Everything is based on the attitude.  Marilyn Hickey said, “Attitude is everything.  It is a position you take regarding any situation in your life, or anything going on in your life.  Great attitudes produce great results; and attitude produces poor results.  Each of us shapes our life by our attitude.  Most people never think about their attitude at all, they start the day in neutral.  They react to whatever happens, whatever they see, they hear or they feel.  They are like Chameleons, going through their day reacting to whatever confronts them.  A hardened or negative attitude is a dreaded disease; it causes a closed mind and presents a dark future.  It is our outward look, based on past experience. 

Attitude is the library of our past, the speaker of our present, the prophet of our future.  Watch your thoughts, they will become your believing, watch your believing they will become your words, watch your words, they will become your actions, watch your actions they become your habits, watch your habits they become your character, watch your character, they become your destiny.  When your attitude is positive and conducive to growth, the mind expanses and progress begins. Your attitude in the midst of negative situations and circumstances determines your outcome. God wants to show Himself strong on your behalf, but you must refuse to be negative and you must stand on the Word of God during hard times. Our attitude makes the way for our destiny-whether good or bad. Are you staying positive in your attitude? You cannot expect victory in your life and remain negative. The choices you make today, will determine your tomorrow.

Negative attitude is our biggest obstacle to maintain friendships, jobs, marriage and relationships. Because Negative people usually blame the whole world, their parents, teachers, spouse, the economy and the government for their failures. Ability without the right attitude is wasted energy. People with positive attitude are caring, confident, patient, and humble. A person with a positive attitude is like a fruit of all season. Stay away from negative influences, people, behaviour& environments start our day with positive thoughts.

Some people see problems as setbacks while some see it as situations looking for solutions. Jesus urges us to be of good cheers even in the midst of Challenges. Jesus said “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33.

Circumstances in life may not always be the best, but we can make a right choice and wise decision to stay positive in spite of negative circumstances by trusting in God and refusing to quit when situations seems hopeless. In the world, happiness is based on what is happening; but in God’s economy, it does not have to be that way. The Sermon on the Mount we call them the “BE-attitudes” or the way we should BE. If you want to be happy, you have to maintain a good attitude no matter what life offers. The way we think about the world around us, makes an enormous difference in the quality of our life. So stay in control of our attitude, and make that life the best it can be. Even in paradise fault finders will find faults. Most people find what they are looking for. If you’re looking for Blessings, holiness, happiness, and Peace, that is what you get.

A positive attitude can be the only solution out of a difficult situation.  James 1:2-6 says “My friends, consider yourselves fortunate when all kinds of trials come your way, for you know that when your faith succeeds in facing such trials, the result is the ability to endure.  Make sure that your endurance carries you all the way without failing, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.  But if any of you lack wisdom, you should pray to God, who will give it to you; because God gives generously and graciously to all. But when you pray, you must believe and not doubt at all. Whoever doubts is like a wave in the sea that is driven and blown about by the wind.”

David, the ancient Jewish king said “It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I may learn thy statutes.” (Psalm 119:71) We learn some important lesson in life, only through difficult situation. Distress is there to correct us, when responded correctly. God is far more interested in our character than our comfort. Psalmist says “It was the best thing that could have happened to me, for it taught me to pay attention to your laws.” The distress we face will either defeat us or develop us – depending on how we respond to them. God wants to use the troubles for good in our lives. Often times, we react rudely rather than pausing to consider what benefit they might bring. Coronavirus and the prolonged lockdowns are helping us learn to be patient. And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us to trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady.”  Our relationship to God and our character are the only two things we’re going to take with us into eternity. 

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