The word “perseverance” has never had so much meaning. Merriam defines perseverance as a steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc. especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement. Yes, I think this is the perfect term for our current state. But in the face of all that is going on, how do we persevere? I suggest three basic steps, and they are…
1. Routine. To the greatest extent possible, and I know this is very challenging, but attempt to keep your routine. If you awake every day at 530 am, then keep doing so. If you typically work from 800 am to 500 pm, continue doing so, albeit from home. This will be tough but try to keep some consistency in your life. Don't watch the news more or read the news more than you typically do. Believe me, you will learn about what is going on without any extra effort on your part.
2. Grateful. These are tough times, but we always have reason to be grateful. Grateful that you woke up this morning. Grateful that you have a roof over your head. Grateful that you have people that love you. Grateful that you can help others in need. Grateful that you can sleep in a bed tonight. Grateful that our world is working together to combat this terrible virus. See, we have things to be grateful for… so be grateful.
3. Love. It seems that when tragedy occurs, all the hate and disparaging comments you hear, subside, at least somewhat. Why should it take a tragedy to make this happen? There is much too much hate in this world. Love what you have. Love others. Love your world. Love yourself.
We will make it through. Didn't someone say, "love makes the world go 'round?" I think that was a song. A good song.
As always, thanks for reading.
Be safe and stay healthy!