You need to be looking at what these companies and communities are saying and how you can be involved to spread the positivity! Have you engaged with the social posts? Have you signed up for the newsletters? Have you taken advantage of the massive discounts going on right now?
From the design side of things, you'll see that Adobe has now moved their massive Summit Conference online, so that it is completely digital. And not only that, you can sign up to be a part of it for free! You will also see a lot of other design-savvy companies following suit, like The Futur offering massive discounts on their products and courses, as well as Desgincuts and certain Etsy shops.
On the utility side of things, it is amazing to see that companies like Duke Energy are suspending electricity bills for those who aren't able to pay due to short or long-term layoffs. Then you have food and beverage chains like Chipotle offering free delivery and sanitary in-store pick up, which is a stellar deal during this time. Even entertainment stores like Gamestop are offering free delivery for games in certain areas.
With so many niche communities doing everything they can to help people during this time, it would be hard to neglect the positivity flowing around. Down to the last detail, these are positive actions that insinuate a positive response. Make sure you are looking out for your communities and supporting local businesses right now!
2. It may not seem like it, but we have been here before.
While the coronavirus may seem like a new and scary thing for many of us, the world has been in this position many times before, and every time we have gotten through it. I'm thinking of things like the Spanish flu, Ebola, Swine Flu, and even epidemics as far back as the Black Plague. Back then, they definitely did not have the medical and financial aid that we have now, and it should be encouraging to know that we have doctors and scientists on the case trying to beat this virus.
We were encouraged by our church a few Sunday's ago, where our pastor talked about some of those epidemics in detail and expressed how the church would take action and give everything they had to help the sick. Each time, believers would sacrifice their time, money, and even their lives to try and get the sick back to health.
It was refreshing to hear the heart behind it, and we want you to know that there are people praying for our world leaders, our doctors, our nurses, and of course the sick each and every day, by the hour. The world has been in this position before, and humanity has been strong and will continue to get stronger as we find a way to beat COVID-19.
3. How are you viewing your time during this period of isolation?
Alright, we have reached the last tip! By now, it's probably pretty boring, a little nerve-wrecking, and just unfortunate to be stuck in your home. Not to mention that some places in the U.S. are on stricter lock-downs than others, and then certain countries have even harsher procedures in place. However, you might not have been dealt a bad hand depending on how you are looking at your time. Whether we like it or not, this is the position we have been placed in, and it's up to us to be productive during this time.
Just take some time to think about some things you should be doing. Not what you "want" to be doing, but what really needs to be addressed. Have you noticed any idols so far? Have you depended on something too much and you need to fix your focus? Maybe this time will help you realize how important family is, or how necessary it is for you to hone a certain skill. Identify those things that have become idols and are hurting your time.
Maybe you need to leave yourself some reminders or sticky notes. Give yourself some extra motivation to do the things that need to get done. Remember to be kind to both yourself and to others during this time. Which reminds me, have you called anyone lately? In all seriousness, someone probably wants to hear your voice right about now (us included). You never know who might be relying on you to help spread some positive thinking.
Another way to stay positive is find the things that bring you joy. This can look like a lot of different things, and we will be coming out with some content specific to joy in the coming weeks, but a good way to think of it, considering the current situation, is to connect it to what might bring you peace or rest. If you find great rest by watching Netflix, that's okay. If video games can help sharpen your mind and reset your mood, that's pretty sweet, because we like video games too. Maybe you find joy in learning something new, or drawing, or reading, or taking walks.
Whatever the things are that help you rest, do those things. But again, make sure they don't become idols. This isn't time to just do whatever you want to and neglect the time that God has granted us to reflect and identify what is happening in our lives. You are going to run out of Netflix shows, the video game will end, your hand will get tired from drawing, and the sun will set and your walk will come to an end. The only continuous source of joy and peace is found in Christ. Maybe this time has been given to reevaluate your relationship with him.
QUESTION OF THE DAY:
How are you staying positive during this quarantine? What have you been reading, learning, and who have you been talking to? Let us know in the comments below or head over to our YouTube Channel and give us a shout there!
Thanks so much for your time, and we look for to discussing more with you soon!
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