One simple tip to help you stay positive

Even if it ever starts sounding overrated, gratitude is so beneficial because it helps you shift your focus to (not necessarily) all the positive, but (in the least) to not stay stuck on the negative things going on.

For example, I’ve been super grateful for all of the people who kept their calm or positivity at the beginning of all the change Covid-19 brought with it. Grateful for the people who led and have been leading with heart, who kept going, who showed up not just for themselves but for the rest of the world.

I say this because it took me a while to take it in, to process it all. Knowing myself, I knew it was going to take some effort to keep my sanity. So one of the very of the very first things I started doing regularly again was gratitude journaling.

How gratitude helps you stay positive

Gratitude helps shift your focus to the thoughts and energy that will help you get back on your journey. You may not feel like your normal self, but you’re more open to having a this-is-figuroutable attitude.

With gratitude, it’s easier to find value in what you have in this present moment, to not focus on loss–in what you had yesterday–or in what tomorrow brings, but to focus on what’s within your reach now.

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You delve in your heart,

you search for answers without finding clarity.

A change in your reality demands that you accept death within yourself, death within the story of your life.

Change, even good change, comes with loss, grief, and a flood of tears.

You change. You lose part of your identity.

Everything that you lost becomes a memory. There’s nothing you can do to recreate the past version of yourself and the past version of your life story.

Change demands you to grow, to let go of what no longer is, and to accept the new season of your life.

The grief that comes with change teaches you something about life: how to have a sense of humor when the struggle is real, how to live with all of the questions that you can’t find the answers to.

Letting go of your old self, of your old life story–however painful–is necessary to help you welcome new experiences into your life. To help you welcome experiences that you never thought were possible.

Like breaking in new shoes, the new you, your new life story takes some time to get used to.

Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”

Rainer Maria Rilke