Posted by: silverliningsblog | May 1, 2020

The positive side of this pandemic

I’m a firm believer that there are blessings in every difficulty, opportunities in every change, and gifts in every challenge.

But here’s the thing…it’s difficult to see the blessings, opportunities and gifts when we’re focused on what’s going wrong.

Of course there are difficulties in our current situation…I don’t think there is anyone unaffected by this pandemic. I won’t elaborate on the difficulties here because the media (and social media) already has that more than covered.

What I’m suggesting is that it isn’t all doom and gloom. There are some good things that are already coming from this pandemic…and many more likely to come.

How good or bad we feel right now isn’t simply a question of what is happening…because we can all interpret the same situation much, much differently (as we can see on social media). It’s a question of what we choose to focus our attention on…the difficulties, or the blessings.

Elevating our perspective

I’ve been thinking a lot since this all began about what is the spiritual significance of this pandemic. And I believe, overall, it’s about raising our consciousness…moving from a state of fear to love, from powerlessness to empowerment, from disconnection to connection, from judgment to compassion, from individual focus to community focus, from nationalist materialism to world-wide humanitarianism.

Don’t get me wrong, not everyone (or every nation) is shifting at the same rate, which is why we’re also seeing lots of fear-based behaviour going on too. But overall, I believe this is a call for us to dig deep and become a better version of who we already are.

As with all challenges, the key to elevating our perspective (to raising our consciousness) is to ask better questions. Instead of “why is this happening” or “when will this end,” we can ask:

  • What are the gifts/blessings during this period?
  • How might this period change things for the better?
  • What is this providing me with the opportunity to do?
  • What am I grateful for?
  • What good things in my life was I taking for granted?
  • Who do I want to be during this pandemic?
  • How can I help?

When we ask better questions, we get much more empowering answers and find solutions we couldn’t see when we were focused on the problem.

Focusing on the blessings

Let me share with you the 5 key blessings I see coming from this pandemic (and I’d love for you to comment below and share your ideas too):

  1. Stillness – Being forced into isolation is causing us to slow down, to be less busy, to literally “go within.” In this stillness, we can breathe deeper, hear our own thoughts, re-center our energy, and refocus our lives.

  2. Balance – Let’s face it…there is much in our world that has been out of balance for quite some time. This pandemic is causing us to re-balance our priorities…to decide what REALLY matters most. Many people are recognizing how important things like health, family, friends, community, the environment, and their purpose really is to them. I suspect that many of us will be making much more conscious choices about how we spend our energy, money and time after this.

  3. Healing – Our planet has needed healing for quite some time. The breather our environment is currently getting has been noted in many photographs about dolphins swimming in canals, animals playing on beaches, skies clearing, and ozone holes closing. Our own bodies have been needing healing too, and this time of rest is a good opportunity to give our bodies what they need.

  4. Connection – People are recognizing like never before that we really are one world…we are all connected. The actions we take as individuals literally can impact people around the world. So not only are people connecting virtually with friends and family, many are connecting globally and looking for opportunities to help others like never before. When you hurt, I hurt. When you heal, we all heal.

  5. Innovation – The people and businesses who will do the best through this period are the ones who look at how they can adapt, grow, change, be creative, innovate. I’m seeing such creative uses of technology right now – everything from virtual paint nights to choirs singing virtually to global online concerts. Many businesses have found ways to go online. And many individuals have found creative ways to connect online and adapt to life at home.

Focusing on what we CAN do

When a person first loses the ability to use one or more limbs, there is usually a period of intense mourning for all that is lost…for the activities the person can no longer do. The turn-around point comes when they realize how much is still possible…in other words, when they begin to focus on what they CAN do, not what they can’t.

Coming through this pandemic feeling mentally and emotionally strong requires the ability to adapt…to look at what we can still do (and even what’s become possible that wasn’t before).

Here are some things we CAN do:

  • Call, message, or chat online with friends
  • Connect on social media
  • Participate in online groups
  • Set up a virtual coffee, drink or dinner date
  • Have a virtual games night, dance party, or karaoke night with friends
  • Watch an online concert
  • Take (or teach) a virtual class (art, yoga, exercise, education…so many to choose from!)
  • Get outside and go for a walk or sit in the sun
  • Order in food or get take-out
  • Shop online for supplies (and fun stuff too)
  • Support a local business that is struggling
  • Pick up groceries for someone who’s ill
  • Donate money to food banks or charities
  • Check in on people who are isolated alone
  • Ask others for help if we need it!

There’s no doubt there are some freedoms, activities and people we are missing right now…so let’s use this as an opportunity to realize how fortunate we really are, and a reminder to not take those people and things for granted again.

By focusing on what we CAN do, on what we’re grateful for, on the gifts/blessings/opportunities during this period, we’ll shift our perspective, feel better, and be able to make the most of this period while preparing for the “new normal” afterwards.

Sending you lots of love and positive energy!

Resources

For more information on shifting your perspective and feeling better during this time:

If you are a single woman looking for a greater sense of connection to other single women during this time, I invite you to join our global community for Empowered Single Women.

Share your thoughts

How are you doing in this challenging time? What has helped you feel better?

About the author

Karen Strang Allen is a love and empowerment coach for single women. She is the author of Free to be me: Create a life you love from the inside out! and international bestselling co-author of Unwavering Strength Volume 2. Widowed at 22 and separated at 35, Karen’s mission is to help single women feel great about who they are and create a life they love so they attract their dream partner. Learn more about Karen and check out her free empowering resources and workshops at www.karenstrangallen.com.


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