One of the challenges these days is to try and avoid negativity because there is so much of it.  No matter where you go it just seems like a black cloud at times follows you.  Whether it’s at work, at home, relationships with your family and friends it has been especially hard to avoid negative feelings during the pandemic. This past year has been truly challenging and even those who tend to be positive find themselves easily pulled down by others.

When you greet someone with a “Good morning, how are you?” the expectation is they will respond with “Good or fine and how about you?” However what do you do when you greet someone with a smile on your face and they respond with, “Lousy I don’t know how much more of this I can take?” All of a sudden the wind is taken out of your sails and negativity takes over.

All of this has been magnified by the times we are living in during which negativity is like a rash that just spreads all over.  We are living in unprecedented times….people are scared, angry, sick and yes even hungry.  While we may be getting closer to ending the pandemic the damage from COVID-19 will likely never completely go away.  It is so easy to fall into the trap of negativity but yet we must find a way to fight through it.  We need to accept that while it’s part of our lives it can’t dominate them.

Clearly it helps to be surrounded by those who are more positive but it might be hard to find them and it’s not like you can put a post of Facebook seeking those who even in the worst of times believe the glass is half-full.  (Actually you can put anything on Facebook but I’d be uncomfortable with that one). I am the last person to be confused with the Prince of Positivity but we need to believe that better days are coming again because without hope…well I’ll leave it at that.

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