Trust Matters MAY 2020
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Finding Those Silver Linings How I Stay Positive in Tough Times
At the time of writing, I’m coming to you from the relative solitude of self-quarantine. Someone I had contact with has become ill, and I’m playing it safe. Though I suspect by the time this newsletter reaches you, we’ll all be isolated in our respective homes. Senior centers have already taken these safety measures, and from my own experience with quarantine so far, I can imagine just how lonely and isolating that is. That’s why, today, I decided to sit down and share some important words of wisdom I hold onto during times like these. Someone once told me, “Your mind can only hold onto one thing at a time.”On a purely factual level, it’s the truth — try as you might, you can’t divide your mind up into thinking about different subjects at once. And while this may just sound at first like an interesting science fact, it holds deep importance to staying positive in dire times. If your mind can only hold onto one thing, you may as well make it a good thing. I’m talking about consciously choosing to focus on the positive. Yes, sometimes our thoughts can wander on their own, but if we aren’t careful, we’ll find ourselves dwelling on doom and gloom—which doesn’t do anyone any good! I’ve had to make an effort to limit the amount of news I consume and be careful about the articles I read because that can lead to a downward, unproductive spiral of negativity. Instead, I focus my mind and energy on things I can change for the better. There’s a quote attributed to author Napoleon Hill that hits on this exact idea: “If all I focus on are the solutions, then all the problems must give way.” It’s not a matter of burying your head in the sand and ignoring issues in the world but rather choosing to focus on what
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you can change for the better. I’ve found this is a healthier way to go through life, especially these days. In fact, it’s my hope we can all turn this crisis into an opportunity to change our community for the better. We’ve had a fresh reminder of the things that truly matter in this world: our loved ones, our well-being, and the interconnectedness of our communities many of us are missing in this time of isolation. That’s why, even as we adjust to the unique challenges of this new reality, my team and I are redoubling our efforts to help the community we’re part of. While we may not be able to be there for you in person, we are always a phone call away and want to help in whatever way we can. We also have two new teleconferences detailing the importance of positivity and adjusting to the
Best wishes to you and your family during this difficult time.
Here’s to brighter days ahead,
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