Brief Thoughts

One Quick Way To Keep Positive in a Pandemic

Using language to maintain positivity

It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence, to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: “And this, too, shall pass away.” How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction! – Abraham Lincoln

“And this, too, shall pass away”. I use this phrase as a mantra every day in some form or another

When I was in hospital for a long time things were pretty bad, my mantra was ‘this must end’..

We can use our own language to formulate a positive phrase in the way Lincoln describes. Something we find ‘consoling’ and expressive of our own feelings.

Langage is probably the strongest tool in our armoury. We can use it in all sorts of ways. In our thoughts, writing and speech. Expressing ourselves in any of these ways helps us to articulate feelings. It can also help to maintain positivity through the formulation of the positive mantra we can repeat in our heads whenever things look grim or hopeless.

Try it, see if it works for you. Comment and tell me what your mantra is.

Photograph of Abraham Lincoln from the Library of Congress
from the Library of Congress – Abraham Lincoln on Unsplash


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