None of us have survived the year that is 2020 without learning some important life lessons, maybe the most important being to be grateful for what you have. Everyone can point to one thing we are thankful for. I can’t remember a time in my life when people were more excited to see a year end and another one begin. 2020 has reminded us to expect the unexpected. No one could have predicted all the crazy turmoil this unprecedented year has delivered. It would be a collective wish to start 2021 and put all the chaos and crazy of 2020 behind us, but we know that isn’t possible. We are aware that a lot of 2020’s problems will not vanish at midnight on New Year’s Eve, they will still be there in 2021, but all we have learned from what we have seen, experienced and lived through can give us hope for 2021. How do you try and start a new year with positive expectations after living through a turmoil filled year that is still spinning off a crazy axis? As you take a look back through history, ours isn't the first or only generation to go through hard times in our world. If you look at it with shapes in mind, history itself seems to be one ever-spinning circle. What helps people get through tough times? Hope does. The generations that came before us survived their darkest hours because they never lost their hope in better days to come. We can look ahead with hope too.
If you want to look to the new year ahead with hope, it will depend on your outlook. Outlook itself is defined as a person's way of looking at things or attitude toward life. I can see how my outlook affects my own life. When I walk into things with a negative attitude, usually negative things happen. When I choose to focus on being grateful and look at life with a positive attitude, most things turn out positively (where it's within my control). What can you do to flip your outlook and turn your thoughts toward the positive?
Before Covid-19 came along no one really knew or used the terms “social distance” or “face coverings." These are just 2 of many new ideas that needed to be introduced to our society to protect us, creating new habits that become a new way of life. As things beyond our control change how we must do things, new ideas and new resources are needed to help us adjust and better survive the circumstances in which we find ourselves. How can we choose to be positive when we are facing a new year that will be full of unknowns?
Having expectations for 2021 is a scary thought, especially any positive expectations. In order to set our eyes to the future in the best way possible, come up with some! After the trainwreck of a year that has been 2020, how do we look to the new year ahead and create (and practice) positive expectations?
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