Eyore or Pollyanna? Knowing Yourself in the Days of Corona

How are you facing the days of isolation amidst Corona Virus? With Fear?  Depression? Positivity? Gratefulness?

Use isolation as a time to reflect on how you react during challenges. Be Strong and Courageous!

A funny Facebook post proclaimed: “There are only 3 Ways to Come  out of this lockdown: a Hunk, a Chunk or a Drunk! Your Choice!”

This is meant to be cute, but in truth, it’s provides great insight in how we personally face adversity.

Be neither a Pollyanna nor an Eyore – be realistic.

A Hunk:

Some people are taking control and becoming more productive in this quiet isolation. They exercise, clean out closets, complete a project or fulfill another goal long discarded. I’m feverishly completing two fiction sequels while enjoying my plots and characters again.

Therefore, Become proactive!

Please stop any “victim mentality.” Stress kills! Turn your mind toward creating something productive. Step out in the fresh air, work to plant that garden, craft, read, create your own exercise area.

No excuses!!! One doesn’t need expensive equipment to be fit! I lift weights, plank, walk our dog, use stretch bands, etc. and have remained 18% body fat throughout. You can too, if you want it badly enough. Personally, I DO!

If you don’t, ask why? That’s a psychological issue and I’m here for you. Together with God’s Help we can conquer anything, even a virus. You’ll reemerge confident and strong. As Joshua proclaimed:

“Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9) CSV   (even in the pantry!)

A Chunk?

It’s not unusual to run to comfort food during trying times. Food like chips, chocolate, mac and cheese, French fries, fried chicken, ice cream all release comforting endorphins which subliminally create memories of happier days.

My heart goes out especially to those who live with food addictions. Nothing like being imprisoned where all our favorites are!

When going to the grocery store is our only entertainment, strive to develop Herculean discipline and strong mental toughness.

“Instead, I discipline my body and bring it under strict control, so that after preaching to others, I myself will not be disqualified.” (1 Corinthians 9:27) CSV

A Drunk?

Sure, liquor makes the pain go away . . . for awhile. But then the heartaches return. I pray you haven’t lost one close to you during this epidemic. I can’t imagine the pain you must feel.

As a Christian, I know it’s even more important today to reach out to those who don’t know the Lord or where they are headed after they die. Believe it or not, dying from this virus is not the worse thing that can happen to you. Dying without Christ is!!!

“And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”(Matthew 25:46)

I urge you to face this time without fear!

Although I was touched by someone who tested positive for Covid-19 and faced strict quarantine, I was not fearful. I have done everything I know of to build up my immunity defenses.  My antioxidant armor and shield are strong but I know if God’s Will is that my time on Earth is done, I’ll still be in Good Hands.

Know Your enemy and build your defenses!

I’m sure the Israelites did all they could to strengthen their defenses before going into battle. Most of the time God protected them but not always. God knows the number of my days and when they are fulfilled, then I’m ready to go. Until then I ‘ll honor Him.  Luke 10:27

 

5 thoughts on “Eyore or Pollyanna? Knowing Yourself in the Days of Corona

  1. Ellie, you have so well described how people can handle this pandemic. I am very happy that you are a hunk (although, I would not have doubted it in the least) and happy to hear that you are working on your writing projects. I too am trying to use this time for productivity. I tell myself, don’t waste it – you’ve been given this opportunity to work on your writing. I have also never been more in shape as I rigorously follow a workout schedule on TV every weekday. I think having a schedule is important. It could be too easy to simply lay back and watch TV all day long or get lost in the pandemic news. But it also requires effort and I am grateful for bloggers like you, to keep me motivated.
    “Instead, I discipline my body and bring it under strict control, so that after preaching to others, I myself will not be disqualified.” (1 Corinthians 9:27) CSV
    Thank you, Ellie.
    Also, thank you, Ellie for the wonderful review of my novel you posted on Amazon. I read it through Sally’s reviews. While I was reading it, of course I enjoyed what you said but I was also thinking how much a good writer you are. I look forward to reading your sequels and wish you good luck. Stay safe. ❤

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    • I am truly humbled by your words Carol; you have such a lovely way of encouraging me, thank you, ❤

      But talk about being a good writer – my gosh! First, I wish I could write reviews as descriptive as you do. Your most recent book, Warning Signs is incredible!!! It's been a long time since I've been so enthralled in a novel! Secondly, as much as I enjoy the characters in all your books, I believe this genre is your true calling. I loved the psychology and character development behind it; you obviously were proficient at your criminology position. Write more! 🙂

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