I am a strong believer that written words can have a powerful, deep impact. Words can inspire us, move us, change us, and help us to see the light in dark times. Whether you are a senior in school or someone working from home, this message is for anyone and everyone:
There is bad news every day, but do not scroll past the good news. Good can come out of every bad situation, if we are willing to see it and make room for it in our lives. Even though the circumstances are uncertain and chaotic, we have a choice when it comes to how we view and respond to them.
Find gratitude in the gloom. A semester of school is canceled, graduations are canceled, sporting events are canceled, summer plans are canceled, social gatherings are canceled. There are many disappointments and canceled plans. It is ok to feel disappointed. Everyone is. It is ok to feel. You are not alone. I will miss being at school and my heart hurts for the seniors who will not get to walk. It is important to remember the haves over the have nots. There are people who are sick and in really bad situations all over the world. I think of my family, friends, community, good health, and home. Find five things a day to be grateful for, no matter how small.
Stay connected. Even though social distancing is in order, there are other ways to maintain connections with people. Technology has been making it on my gratitude list for the past few weeks. Text, email, video calls, social media, and so many other methods of communication have made it possible to keep in touch. I am able to have videos calls with my campus ministry small group and participate in social media challenges. Do not lose your connections. Stay social from a distance and make an effort to reach out to people on a daily basis.
Think of others. This is probably the most important message I have for you. This is not a time for selfishness or inconsideration. Be mature, informed, and wise. Stay home to protect not only yourself, but your family and community. Young people can have a major effect on the health of older folks, and vice versa. Encourage your community! Write a message on a neighbor's driveway in chalk or spread positivity through social media and creativity.
Be wise, be safe, and stay hopeful,