Positivity, Hope, and Faith

For the past two weeks, almost everyone I talked to were curious when this pandemic crisis would end.

A month? Two months? Three?

Who knows. This is beyond our control. But I’m sure everyone wanted to resume life to normal. Who doesn’t want to?

What saddens me the most is the number of people consumed by anxiety and depression.

I wouldn’t lie. I had anxiety attacks two weeks ago (when the lockdown just started).

But I’m glad I managed it by minimizing news consumption. Also, by meditating and praying, and talking about random — most of the time funny — stuff with my housemates (yeah it works for me).

It’s weird how this crisis made me realize the importance of having faith (all the time), and being positive and hopeful.

I used to think of worst-case scenarios, so I can prepare for the worst to come and be surprised if it’s not as bad as that.

I find that useful back then (when things were normal). But this time… I think this is different. This pandemic crisis isn’t normal.

I have to recalibrate my mindset and approach life differently.

Not just me. All of us.

Right now, practicing positivity and hope and having faith is more beneficial than ever — as it gives us the fuel to persevere amid the challenging times, and develop inner peace to stay calm.

And that’s what matters most right now — to persevere and keep living, and cultivate inner peace.

Sure, we don’t have full control.

But we can always choose how to respond.

That’s the good news.

“We live in a world that is beyond our control, and life is in a constant flux of change. So we have a decision to make: keep trying to control a storm that is not going to go away or start learning how to live within the rain.” – Glenn Pemberton

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Jade Panugan

Some interesting questions about life and human behavior: What if there's no money? Why we often feel the urge to prove that we're right and others are wrong? Why we react to things beyond our control? Why we hate? Why it's hard to be content? I don't have all the answers, do you? Let's chat.