Socially distant but spiritually close
To say we’re living through challenging times sounds like both a cliché and an understatement. In recent months, news about the pandemic, economic woes, and bitter political debates have triggered tremendous anxiety and sadness for many Americans. You are not alone. However, I am here to reinforce and offer a positive perspective allowing you to push through while experiencing growth.
When people look back on their lives, it is usually the most difficult challenges that gave them a new perspective or caused them to grow the most. Of course, in the midst of a crisis, it doesn’t feel that way. With a positive mindset, one can free themselves from being a negative narrator of their life story.
Start with your attitude. When you hit a wall while trying to maintain a positive attitude, remember you are the one who is in control. You have the ability to make choices and changes in your life. It will not always be easy. As my wife and yoga teacher, Katherine, constantly reminds us… “Find the challenge in the situation, not the struggle.” Challenge yourself to try harder, give more, work effectively, be solution-oriented, etc. We all have the ability to live a life focusing on the positive, finding the good in any situation, and working to resolve conflict in a reasonable, stress-free way. Overall, it is not about denying difficult emotions. It’s about being open to what is happening here and now, and cultivating and recognizing the good in your life. I encourage everyone to remember to be confident, smile as much as you can, and remind yourself your life is only as good as you make it.
Christmas is a beautiful holiday. It is by far my favorite holiday, based on my faith. Even though this year was very different, we can take comfort in the fact that the sacrifices we make now will protect us, our loved ones, and allow us to discover our new successes. I am here to help, guide, and coach you. I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and a blessed new year! www.pennvieau.com