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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

How do we face the challenges that life brings?



Greetings. How are you this day?

How are you this day as we are in Week 3 of social distancing because of the Coronavirus (CoVID-19)? (How are you really?)

*** Note: Before I continue, every question in this post is a question to answer in your journal and is a journaling prompt. ***

I am going to begin this blog post with several questions for us to answer in our journals. So, please do so and be thorough. These questions are meant to get us to think. So, please, bear with me.

Let’s face the truth. Life is full of challenge. It’s one of those facts of life.

The question is, how do we face the challenges that life brings?

What type are you?: Part 1
a. Do you see the glass as half empty? (Pessimist)
b. Do you see the glass as half full? (Optimist)
c. Do you just see a glass and some liquid? (Realist)
Why?

What type are you?: Part 2
Are you feelings focused or thinking focused?
Why?


Journaling Questions and Prompts:

Are you more likely to first run your journal or to someone else when you are facing a challenge? Why?

Are you more likely to first run to the Lord or to someone else when you are facing a challenge? Why?

Are you more likely to turn to your Bible or to another book when you are facing a challenge? Why?

How do you define a challenge in your life? Is it good/positive, bad/negative, or indifferent?

How do you handle stress, pressure, or challenge? Why?

How do you wish you handled a challenge in your life?

What challenges you? Explain.

Do you allow a challenge to deal with you or do you deal with the challenge? (This is the most important journaling prompt and question we can ask ourselves today and in this blog post.) Explain. Be thorough.


A Journaling Thought:

We are sentient beings. We have intelligence. We make choices.

We are bigger and smarter than our challenge.

Hence, we must deal with the challenge and not allow it to deal with us.

We can choose to see a challenge as something bad/negative. We can question it, get angry, get sad, and fill in the blank with any other emotional response. But, is a challenge really bad? Why do we choose to see a challenge as something negative? How does seeing a challenge as something bad help us?

Rather, we can see a challenge as something that is just… different. Different does not mean good or bad. It just means something that we are not used to in our lives.

We are beings with intelligence.

We can choose to overcome our challenges, and turn them into something positive. Or we can choose to allow our challenges overcome and overwhelm us to the point that we fail to live each moment as fully and as best as we could.

We can choose to face a challenge with hope of learning a new way and we can make this new way a better way because we choose to do so.

This day of COVID-19 (the Coronavirus) can be a good one, if we choose to see it as such. It does not help us to see it in any other way. We can turn this day into a blessing, not a curse. We can look at what we have and learn to appreciate it fully and in new ways.

After all, if we cannot appreciate what we have, how can we appreciate anything else?

A challenge is our opportunity to learn a new way to handle things better and is a blessing, not a curse.

Let’s take every moment as an opportunity to search for our blessings, not the negatives.


Journaling Questions and Prompts:

What are your thoughts?

How can you turn your challenges into a blessing?

How can you more fully appreciate what you have?

How many blessings can you count today? (Now, go ahead. Journal and count as many as you can.)

How many blessings can you count over the next week?

How many blessings can you count this month? This year? This decade? This life?

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