Updated: Aug 20, 2020
That quote is attributed to the German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche. Actually, he said it much more eloquently: “That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.” Cliché or fact? Mindset, most likely, determines the answer.
The first half of 2020 has proven to be challenging for most of us. We’re in the midst of a pandemic and then on top of that, the entire world is protesting and taking a stand against systemic racism. Both of these situations can put a strain on ones psyche. That’s where mindset and perspective come into play.
I make it a point of finding the positive in all situations. The pandemic has made us all have to change the way we live our daily lives. Most of us do well with change, if it’s gradual. The pandemic didn’t afford us the opportunity to gradually make changes. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing though. We’ve been given an opportunity to slow down, spend more quality time with family, and m
ost importantly, reflect on and restructure our lives. How many of us would have made time for these things had it not been for the fact that we were more or less forced to do so?
Systemic racism isn’t something new. The fact that we were placed in a holding pattern due to the pandemic is what this new shift is all about. We had grown accustomed to hearing about black people being killed or treated unfairly, but the George Floyd murder at the hands of police hit differently when we witnessed it while in quarantine. This particular incident has started the conversation and hopefully will manifest in change.
Although I’m saddened that another black
person has senselessly lost their life, I take comfort in knowing that this loss of life was the catalyst for change. I have the utmost confidence that the mass majority of people want to see a world where everyone is treated equally and fairly. If we all band together, we can control the narrative of what this better future looks like.
It’s expected that as we go through this thing called life, that we will encounter some challenges. How we choose to respond to those challenges dictates how we come out on the other side of the challenge. Respond positively to the day to day challenges that you encounter. Start your day by praying and meditating. Speak kindly to others as well as to yourself. Practice random acts of kindness. Focus more on the good and less on the bad. Try and live a healthy life by eating healthy, exercising, getting enough sleep, laughing and loving. And remember….What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger!