Over the past few days, since December started, I’ve noticed quite a few social media posts focused on the ending of the year. I think we can all agree that 2020 has been a horrible year, but the advent of a new year does not mean that on January 1, things will magically be better as we flip the calendar to a new page and a new year.
One of the best tools for navigating this difficult time is attitude. Attitude is a choice. Attitude is often shaped by what is happening around us. All too of-ten, people focus on the negative. It’s easy, because negative experiences produce anxiety and stress, and people want the stress and anxiety gone as soon as possible.
Focusing on the positive is harder work, but the reward is far greater. The pandemic has been hard for all of us and looks to be hard for a while. The questions below might help us obtain a more positive attitude, regardless of the date on the calendar:
During the pandemic…
- Did you learn to cook or bake something new?
- Did you spend more time with family?
- Have you been able to navigate a major change, like switching to work from home?
- Did you learn a new hobby?
- Did you start reading more?
None of these questions is meant to dismiss the difficult times we are enduring. But if all we do is focus on the negative, that is all we will see. If we take the time to adjust our attitude, we will more easily and ably face whatever comes our way January 1 and beyond.
I want to close with these words from Philippians 4:8, a verse I have committed to memory precisely for the hard times…
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.