3 Things the Pandemic Can Teach About Facing Our Troubles

“It’s still pitch black out,” my husband said. He knows I don’t like to drive in the dark, but I needed to get to southern Illinois by late morning. I climbed in the frosty car before sunrise and replied, “The good news is it’s only going to get lighter.”

My words hung in the air like a promise as I cautiously drove through the dark woods on the hilly, winding roads of Indiana. I heard a voice on the radio say this about the pandemic, “Things look dark right now, but there’s hope on the horizon.” Looking east, streaks of orange and pink glowed just below the bare tree line.

It occurred to me that our best reaction to the Coronavirus could provide a lesson in how to face any dark time in our lives by taking this three-step approach.

Face Facts. After a few months at my first job out of college, I reluctantly went to my dad in tears. I had racked up almost $300 on my American Express card and had no way to pay it. He looked at my budget and immediately saw it was unrealistic. He helped me make a more honest one and gave the same good advice I’d heard dozens of times growing up, “You always have to face the facts, kid.”

Similarly with the Coronavirus, we have to face the facts. As of this week, more than a quarter of a million people in the United States have now died from Covid-19, and the number of new infections is setting records every day. We also know there are scientifically proven things we can do to keep the virus from spreading so vigorously.

Do What You Can. When life gets dicey, I always turn to The Serenity Prayer. “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” This prayer, learned from my mother-in-law when I was a young mom, immediately centers me and helps me focus on what I can and can’t change when facing a problem.

As we continue to make tough decisions during this pandemic, we must separate wisdom from nonsense and have the courage to do what we can. The Center for Disease Control is still making these recommendations: Stay home when possible. Wear a mask in public settings. Wash hands often. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. If you must go somewhere, stay at least six feet away from others. We can’t control the virus, but we can do things to help protect ourselves and others.

Look on the Bright Side. A relative’s home in Georgia was recently destroyed by a 16,000 pound tree in the aftermath of a hurricane. She and her husband have since been living in a small hotel room with their dog and cat while dealing with insurance companies and all the stress of having their life suddenly turned upside down in the middle of a pandemic. This is not the first time the young couple has been dealt a crummy hand, but I’m struck by their gratitude no one was hurt and their faith things will eventually fall back into place.

No matter the situation, once we have faced the facts and done all we can, the only thing left to do is be hopeful. As I reached the interstate, the radio reported promising news of a Coronavirus vaccine. Dr. Anthony Fauci’s words sounded like fatherly advice, “Just hold on a little longer.”

In 1650, Thomas Fuller wrote what has become a well-known and encouraging proverb, “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” Merging onto the highway, the sky was impossibly blue and the sun shone so brightly above the horizon, I reached for my sunglasses. 🙂

Question of the Week: How do you keep looking on the bright side during the pandemic or when facing personal troubles? Please leave your response in the comments. Wishing you a bright and healthy week!

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2 thoughts on “3 Things the Pandemic Can Teach About Facing Our Troubles

  1. Hi Alicia. Love reading! My favorite way to wake up on Sunday!!!

    Sorry for some reason when I log in I can’t leave any comments or I am truly not tech savvy enough. 😂

    Looking on the bright side…..honestly I’m just happy! Sounds corny but happy with life, health, family, friends. The worse part is this pandemic but I try not to let it slow me down. Be safe do the things in suppose to do and live my life. The good news I have gotten back to exercise which has been so good!

    One of my favorite things in toy writing is when you quote Mike! It warms me bc I can hear his voice. I truly miss our time but don’t miss the work. We could laugh through the nonsense and struggle through the pains but we were in it together so it was always easier. He honestly made the last few years bearable! Always talked me in off the ledge or just made me laugh!

    I wish you and Mike the Happiest of Thanksgivings. Probably not what you expect or want but I know having each other is enough! You guys are the best! Love to you both! ❤️❤️❤️

    Sent from my iPhone


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  2. Happy Thanksgiving, Karin! Thank you so much for writing – you must be more tech-savvy than I to comment from your phone! I know a lot of people have trouble leaving comments here, and I don’t know how to help them. You are a wonderful example of someone who made it through a tough time with grace and grit. I’m so grateful you are healthy and happy! Prayers answered!!! I can imagine how much you miss seeing Mike every day at work. He really is the greatest human I know. He misses you, too. We will get together when the corona-crazies are over. Wishing you, Scott, and the girls a very Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you for supporting this little hobby of mine. xo Alicia


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