There’s a lot of advice out there about stress and anxiety management, but it occurred to me that this is all so generalized that it doesn’t really speak to the complexity that is post-COVID life (if we’re really in post-COVID life, with that Delta variant out there). One thing is for certain: we’re all returning to reality after a traumatic upheaval for humanity, and we all have something on our soul that we’re dealing with these days.
In reflecting on this, it occurs to me that the cure is more simple than therapy, relaxation techniques, and pills. What we really need is to unite, and this is simpler than we think because it only requires two steps:
- Pray about everything, and
- Do what you can.
That’s it. If we form a symbiotic circle of prayer, that alone could turn the world in a more positive direction to help us all. Sometimes, honest prayer is the best intervention there is. It connects us not only to our Higher Source, but to one another. Of course, you should do things to help yourself and others if you can, and be obedient to these callings. But if you can’t do anything else, you can always pray. There is truth in the yolk becoming lighter when you lift it up.
I already hear some of you asking: what if you aren’t Christian? Then do what’s consistent with your beliefs to lift up a spirit of health, help, and goodwill. Do whatever your spiritual beliefs lead you to do in order to stir up goodness in life.
We’ve had plenty of bad. We are each responsible for ourselves, and for supporting others as we are called and/or able. We can turn this around for good in this world that’s been rocked by trauma.
Perhaps we need to watch the news less, and talk to one another more. Perhaps we need to scroll social media less, and read a book that inspires and entertains us. Perhaps we need to binge on something inspirational or funny, instead of horror or hard drama. Perhaps we need to change the radio station to inspirational or classical instead of hard rock tunes for a while to settle our souls. Perhaps we need to quit letting a chaotic, fear mongering media spoon feed us what they want to believe, and fill our minds with truth and peace to create the better life we want. We can do it. We just need to be more mindful about how we deal with our thoughts, words, and deeds.
This might seem idealistic or simplistic, but then again the best suggestions usually are. Let’s think about this. Maybe the solution really is easier than we think. Maybe making the world a better place is as simple as making ourselves better people, who reach out into that world a bit more than we’ve been able to in the past year.
That’s all today. Take care, and have a great rest of the week.