Positive thinking in uncertain times lets us see the positive amid chaos


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How did we make it this far? Seniors attribute their survival to good genes, healthy diet, exercise, faith, prayer, health care, being in the right place at the right time, luck and the innate desire to survive.

 In recent months, the coronavirus has occupied our thoughts and health concerns. If we are going to survive this, we must “Stay Safe at Home,” wear masks when we are near other people and maintain social distancing.  

A 113-year-old woman living in Spain is in good health after overcoming the coronavirus in May. From the nursing home where she lives, Maria Branyas avoided developing severe symptoms with good medical care and a desire to live another day. Her upbeat approach to life is represented in her statement to a Spanish news agency: “As far as my health, I feel good, with the little issues everyone has as we get older, but I feel fine.”

Survival is part of our psyche. We have a desire to continue, to exist, to live on. During recent Memorial Day tributes to those who lost their lives in service to our country and to those who returned — survived — they accepted the challenges and fought on. Some people see problems.  Other people, who survive, see the situation as a challenge. They thrive and continue to exist.

Businesses had to consider new approaches during government-ordered lockdowns to prevent the spread of the virus. Many asked for government assistance and community support. They survived by being creative with pickup, home delivery, alliances, partnerships and joint ventures. Their cash registers jingled as they created new products and services.

News stories showed people in food lines. Unemployment compensation was the only place to get cash. Emergency savings were non-existent for millions. AARP asked for funds for destitute seniors. Others did the best they could with what they had.

There is good that comes from chaos. People recognize the need to use positive thinking in uncertain times. Challenges are met with personal strategies, revised plans and daily tactics. Begin each day with “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice in it and be glad.”

 Focus throughout the day on success, look forward with thanks, accept the challenges with a survivor approach, and move forward with like-minded people. See you at the finish line!

Ed Baranowski is an award-winning writer, artist, speaker and seminar leader. He lives in Melbourne and can be contacted at fast75sr@gmail.com