Over 1 million Americans infected with COVID-19. Over 60,000
people dead. Over 30 million unemployed. This is a really hard time for a lot
of people. In fact, calls to suicide hotlines have gone up over 1,000% since
the pandemic hit. It’s tragic.
This is a historic time. I’ve never experienced anything
like this in my lifetime. You probably haven’t either.
If you’re like most people, you’re probably struggling. And
you may be filled with questions—about the disease, about the economy, about
the future. But there’s one question you probably aren’t thinking about that is
actually the most important.
I remember a time when I couldn’t answer this question. I
had been diagnosed with cancer, and it felt like the world had stopped. As a
result, I fell into depression, and I felt hopeless. In fact, I wanted to be
dead. Every day, I would pray that God would just let a truck hit me. Being
without hope is the worst thing I’ve ever been through.
You may be feeling anxious, depressed, or hopeless these
days. When the pandemic hit and we were told to shelter in place, it felt like
the world stopped. You likely had worries swirling in your head:
Your fears may have driven you to stay glued to the news
with its frightening statistics and gloomy forecasts. Our brains are hardwired
to pay attention to danger. It’s what helped us survive when our cave-dwelling ancestors
were living with the threat of being eaten by a wild animal.
These days, the negativity we see on the news gets stuck in
our brain and replays over and over in an endless loop. Being stuck in
quarantine doesn’t help. We’re left with more time to ruminate on everything
that might go wrong.
If you want to rise above the fears, worries, and
hopelessness of life during the coronavirus pandemic, you need to find your
answer to the question “Why is the world a better place because you’re in it?”
You must get in touch with your purpose in life and stay
focused on it. If you can’t answer this question, use this quarantine time when
life has slowed down to think about it. Start journaling and write down your
thoughts on the following:
When you’re able to answer these questions, you can learn
how to turn your pain into purpose to keep you moving forward even when the
world around you has stopped.
Listen to this episode of The Brain Warrior’s Way Podcast on Finding Purpose with Dr. Derwin Gray, a former NFL player who is now an author and pastor. Or dedicate some time during the pandemic to learning how to enhance your brain health, find your passion, and improve your life with The Brain Warrior’s Way online course from Amen University. Get 21% off with your purchase when you enter TANA21 at checkout.
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