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“I can’t wait until 2020 is over.”
I’ve heard this a lot and imagine you have, too. I understand the sentiment, and 2020 is truly a year with few parallels. We have several basic needs that must be met if we are to thrive. The events of this year have threatened us at the point of all these needs.*
You can find a lot of help with this topic in both of my books that are available on amazon.com in paper, Kindle, or audio.
Every person has these needs. As you review them, I think you can relate.
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These needs are each and all threatened by the following events of 2020:
Yes, it’s strange, disorienting, confusing, inconvenient, surprising, and scary. And next year (or any of the years following) may have its version of similar difficulties.
Amid challenges like those of 2020, your brain and emotions will cause you to want and press for a “quick fix” irrationally. But I don’t think it’s wise to rush through circumstances.
At the very beginning of the shelter in place instruction back in March, I determined that I would make the absolute best of the situation, learn everything I could, and serve others as much as possible.
I used all the actions below. So far, things have gone very well. Do I have COVID fatigue? I do. But I don’t long for bygone days. I am looking to the future considering my purpose and mission.
You can only control or manage yourself. Whatever the circumstances, this is the one constant.
If you determine to learn, you have created a purpose for any situation you may encounter, however difficult it may be.
Be hopeful in the moment for what God will do in the future. Hope is not an emotional wishing but a confidence that God is at work and will achieve His glory and our good.
I have determined to live in the moment. I choose gratefulness and hopefulness and not to allow room for negative or pessimistic thinking. These practices are disciplines of mind and spirit. I discipline my mind to be grateful for what God is doing in the moment and hopeful for what he will do in the future. This mindset contributes to a life of joy for me. It is a spiritual discipline because it directly results from walking in the Spirit, which has joy as fruit. I’m certainly not a perfect practitioner, but I strive in this direction.
Jean-Pierre De Caussade was a French Jesuit priest whose life committed himself to be “abandoned to divine providence” – to what God was doing in the moment. He said,
To observe the “discipline of living in the present moment” is to accept one’s present situation and find satisfaction and peace in the now. This is distinguished from attitudes of restlessness and dissatisfaction, worry about the future or discouragement and regret about the past. By trusting in God now and allowing the present to be enjoyed, greater happiness and peace is possible.
Please contact me as I may support you in developing these disciplines for yourself.
*From Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs