There are certain events in life that provide you wonderful learning opportunities.
On Friday, Maddux, my yellow lab, jumped up on the counter and ate an entire lemon cake my daughter had made.
Over the course of the next two hours we was sick and couldn’t stop throwing up.
We called the vet and they said “bring him in immediately.”
Since he had been throwing up so much they said his stomach could flip and he could die.
We prayed for him, he got the fluids he needed, and he’s recovered 100%!
Early the next morning, we were awoken by a police helicopter flying over our home and police in our front yard.
A drunk driver lost control of his car, drove onto our sidewalk, and plowed into my daughter’s car.
It hit her car so hard that it drove it into my neighbor’s front yard.
The driver tried to flee but the cops arrested him for fleeing an accident and a DWI.
This reminded me of a very important lesson:
There are events that happen in our lives that we can’t control.
The only thing that we can control, is our response to them.
Here are 5 things to help control our response to living through a global pandemic:
1.) TURN OFF THE NEWS-so many of us constantly check the news. It’s nothing but doom and gloom. Give yourself a specified time of day that you are going to check the news. After that, don’t check it the rest of the day. Instead, listen to or read things that will improve your mindset.
2.) BE ACTIVE-lift weights, go for a bike ride, take your dogs on a walk. Get some kind of physical activity in for 30-60 min. daily.
3.) WRITE DOWN WHAT YOU’RE THANKFUL FOR-even though things are challenging right now, we still are ridiculously blessed. We have A/C, a roof over our heads, and access to take out. Focus on what you have instead of what you don’t.
4.) CONNECT WITH OTHERS-humans weren’t made to live in isolation. Use google hangouts, zoom, facetime, etc. to connect with others via technology. Have social distancing parties in your neighborhood.
5.) SERVE OTHERS-look for ways to serve others in your community. This gives you a sense of purpose, reduce stress, and bless someone else’s day.
HOW ARE YOU GOING TO RESPOND WELL TODAY?