It seems we are deluged by bad-news stories while trying to stay positive during the pandemic. The last three months have been challenging so, it’s hard to not feel discouraged or even depressed. And while I must admit that I had to learn to navigate through this new normal myself, from home schooling my son to adjusting to a new work/life balance—I just kept thinking about happiness in its deepest sense.
While my family and I were self-quarantining I couldn’t help but have an appreciation for life in itself, with all of its mystery and difficult changes. Sounds strange, right? But here’s the thing: My family and I are healthy and we are together. There is inevitably suffering in every human life. Hence we must cultivate and develop a sense of well-being, joy, deep happiness, and worth, even amidst the difficulties of life. If there’s one thing I’ve learned during the pandemic is this: We have nothing under control, nothing insulates us from bad things.
So why should we seek happiness even in hard times?
Because we all need more love in this world and I’m not talking about superficial connections. We need more care and real connections. Our media and our news tend to focus on the problems—a bombing, an earthquake, a murder, or a conflict—but these are actually anomalies. Each time there is a bad piece of news that gets publicized, there are 100 million acts of goodness that happen in that same hour—hence make it a habit to fill your your brain with positive information/news and your heart with positive people. Always remember especially during these difficult times: There are always birds in the sky, and the dazzling display of clouds, weather, blueness, and stars that meets our uplifted eyes. How can we not see the mystery of incarnation and appreciate life?
This being said—grab a friend and share a laugh. Run barefoot on the beach. Smile. Breathe. Life is and always will be beautiful.