Quotation for Thursday 2nd April 2020 - Positive Wellbein...

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Quotation for Thursday 2nd April 2020

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Good morning everyone,

We’ve had a little time now to try to come to terms with the new way of life we find ourselves living as we go through this world emergency. It’s been bewildering, frightening and challenging, and we’re understandably reacting to our new circumstances in different ways. There isn’t just one way to cope, And sometimes, as right now, we have to come to an understanding that there’s not much we can do to change our situation.

Viktor E Frankel was an Austrian psychologist and neurologist, but also a holocaust survivor. And he went through some very terrible experiences himself.

Frankl was on the right lines when he said that ‘people are driven to find a meaning to life, and that it’s this that enables them to eventually overcome painful experiences. He said, “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves”.

That’s certainly true now. It’s not a particularly comfortable thought, but it seems quite right.

It’s a far from easy task. We just want things to ’go back to normal’ and are frustrated that they can’t, for what could be some time.. So we have to find a way to surrender to the change instead of fighting it, in order to become more accepting and less frustrated.

With that in mind, I’ve slightly adapted the Alcoholics Anonymous Serenity prayer as my quotation for today.

"May I learn the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference".

I hope you’ll agree that this Positive Wellbeing community is becoming a powerful tool to help us to collectively cope with the changes thrust upon us, by learning to lean on each other more.

And we’re getting stronger, day by day.

You are all inspiring, and together we are demonstrating that change is possible if enough people stand united and choose not to fall.

I hope you have a happy day everyone.

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Very beautiful reminder from Victor E Frankenstein

In many ways the Positive wellbeing group had assisted me with coping with being able to manage and accept the challenges we face

Learning all the time to realise the Lock Down time frame refocuses the mind to realise the value and gift of life

To cherish what matters most in life

To rewrite the next chapter of our lives for those of us who come out of this crisis unscathed

It teaches us the qualities of kindness, warmth, generosity of spirit , self confidence and resilience for us to look beyond our fears and to believe we can see a brighter future

I have learnt already so much from this period of incubation and to make the best of what we have

Lovely Roukaya, and I think we are all learning new things and re-learning others, long forgotten.

What's important is that we are finding ways, including through this forum, to support our own needs and those of others through our mutual fears and uncertainties.

If it's helped you too, then it's proof positive that this community is very worthwhile and thanks for all your help in supporting it! 🌷

Please have a positive and happy day, and best wishes.

That's a really good message yet again. Thank you for continuing to find them. Im keeping many of them as I like referring back to them from time to time.

Chrys x

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Victor E Franklen

I first came across Victor Frankl when I was doing my thesis. I remember reading something he wrote along the lines of ‘the only true freedom anyone can take from you is your ability to adapt’ and I remember being inspired by that. Thank you for this positive post😊

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Fantastic post and so very true, we cannot change it so let's just accept it and go with it.

Thank you

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I decided myself that I wasn't upsetting myself over things I can't change.

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A very good decision and the right one, there's no point is 'crying over spilt milk' as the saying goes.

In these uncertain times it's good to hear how so much positive thinking can lift everyone's spirits, there are so many good things in the world that need highlighting and to be grateful for.

Small things matter, small acts of kindness can mean so much.

Words can both harm and heal so to be in a positive environment with positive comments can only help our wellbeing

I love your quote thank you for sharing.

Stay safe and well everyone.


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How's your dog getting on? Baby our ginger tabby is very well and is enjoying her haggis in her dish!

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Hi good to hear your fur baby is fine, my little fur baby is loving having us around but is trying to train her dad (my husband) to let her in and out ... then give treats 🤣🤣🤣 she loves to play and run around so keeps us amused and moving which is great fun for all.

The unconditional love from our furbabies is so wonderful.


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A line manager at a previous job had a very spoilt miniature schnauzer who was extremely put out when the line manager had her son as she had been displaced in the family as the baby!

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Oh yes miniature schnouzers are very cute and intelligent, they are just like a toddler/ child sometimes.

We love her dearly and she understands all we say to her, quite a character really.

her litter sister stays with my daughter, son in law and grandson when they get together they have a lovely time running and playing. Thankfully the dogs have accepted the baby and are very protective of him, they look after him and bark at any non family members who come near him.


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I like this quote very much. 👍👍👍

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One lesson I have learned even before this kicked off is that most of life is beyond our control!

How's your cat getting on?

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