It is very, easy in our current situation, to focus on what's out of our control and become obsessed with the negative.
One thing we can control is our words. A common word I hear used these days is "but." You've heard it, too. Someone says something and then here comes the qualifier, but.
When that word is used in a sentence, it negates everything said before it. For example, I'm really happy to be in Phase 2 and doing my part to flatten the curve, but I miss my friends. You're not really happy and you really do miss your friends. That's the point of what you're saying. It's OK to miss your friends. I miss mine, too.
We can reword our sentence this way, I'm really happy to be in Phase 2 and doing my part to flatten the curve, and I miss my friends. Now BOTH things are true. You miss your friends, and apparently you're happy to be in Phase 2.
Using "and" instead of "but" is a small and (you thought I was going to write but, didn't you?) powerful change in our word choice that will have a positive ripple effect on our mindset and outlook.
Try it today. Every time you're about to say, "but," replace it with the word, "and," and see how much more positive your mindset becomes.
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