Our oldest daughter Theresa has been collecting wise and witty sayings and quotes for some time. Occasionally she will gather a group of these wisdom thoughts and put them in a book form on Shutterfly. I cherish these small collections of sanity and keep several in our living room.

Recently I was reading a wonderful thought-provoking quote from Caroline Myss: “Just let go. Let go of how you thought your life should be and embrace the life that is trying to work its way into our consciousness.”

This thought-provoking quote puts me in a reflective mindset: letting go, giving up control and accepting what is. This has been a struggle for me for a long time. Especially during this time of the COVID disaster.

How to cope with difficulty has a lot to do with how I view life. “Is the glass half empty or half full?” I believe this world view colors how we see everything.

In my experience, a positive outlook on circumstances has to do with my relationship with God. When I am in a close relationship with God, I have less anxiety, fear, or worry. I am able to “find the blessing in the difficulty,” and I feel secure knowing that I am loved by my creator.

Moving to a positive outlook on life requires a conscious effort on my part to stay connected to Jesus through prayer (conversation) and meditation. I also need to take responsibility for my actions. Everything I do is based on the choices I make. It’s not my parents, my past relationships, job, the economy, the weather, or my age that is to blame. Only I, and I myself, am responsible for every decision and every choice I make. PERIOD.

Coming from this mindset makes it clear to me, that being positive is my choice, not any outside influence. I find that the guidance I receive from the Holy Spirit when I am in a good relationship with Jesus, helps me to keep my vision clear and focused on the many blessings I have and how I need to relate to my world.