Cher Shares Some Inspiration During These Difficult Times

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**Addendum: As I finished writing this post, I literally realized that even though it was so foggy I couldn’t see Lake Michigan across the street, the sun began to peek through the veil of clouds. Yes, we’ll all get through this.

This is such a strange and surreal time, isn’t it? The entire world has been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic in varying degrees. And yet, there are some things we can do and think about that might help for the duration.

First things first: ” this too shall pass.” Whenever we are in the middle of difficult times, it is almost impossible to see anything else but the challenging moments we find ourselves in. However, like other serious situations in our history, this is going to end, and things are going to get a lot better.

I find that thinking ‘in the rear-view mirror’ helps somewhat. For instance, I visualize months from now looking back and thinking, wow, we got through it, it’s okay now, and moving forward is welcomed and appreciated (and perhaps more than ever before.)

Gratitude. No matter what is happening at this time, there are always, always things in our lives to be grateful for. I was thinking about my favorite book:Β  “Man’s Search for Meaning,” by Dr. Viktor Frankl. Dr. Frankl was a psychiatrist who was held in a concentration camp during WWII. Dr. Frankl talks about losing everything in his life, save one thing: his ability to think about anything he wanted to think about. He mentioned walking around the outer area of the fenced-in ‘exercise’ yard. Dr. Frankl decided he would focus on the beauty of the wild flowers that grew just outside of the fence. He admired them, and realized that no one could take those thoughts away from him.

In the midst of horrific conditions, Dr. Frankl focused on not only those life-saving flowers, but also visualized what it would feel like after the war. He pictured himself at a podium, bright lights shining onto the stage, and ‘saw’ hundreds of people listening to everything he had to say about his time in a concentration camp. Years later, this literally came to pass when Dr. Frankl gave lectures to many audiences.

I’ve reduced my news-watching to only once per day. Instead, I’ve shifted my reading to this wonderful website:Β  Good News Network. You will find some fantastic stories not only relating to the Coronavirus, but many other delightful and uplifting articles about those who are truly making a difference in the lives of others; and, ultimately their own.

Doing something kind for someone else has always been a big part of happiness for me. Despite the ‘six-feet’ distancing we are told to abide by, we can do so much with just a tiny bit of effort. Calling someone you haven’t spoken with in a long while, a quick text just to check-in (thank you to my friend who did that recently; it really meant a lot), and focusing on every little thing you can think of to make things a bit easier for others.

Let’s shift our focus away from the unsettling and anxiety-laden scenarios taking place right now, to sending good thoughts to friends, family, coworkers, or even just ‘out there’ in general. I’m not kidding when I say it is felt and appreciated.

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My grandfather participated in WWII for five years. As the Canadians fought alongside Britain, my grandfather left for Europe at the very beginning of the war, and didn’t return until the end. When I think about my grandmother who, for all that time didn’t know from one minute to the next if my grandfather was alive or dead, I am in awe of her tenacity. She was raising two small children; my dad (who was born shortly after my grandfather left for overseas), and my aunt who was a toddler.

Grandma had to use ration stamps, trading them with neighbors for goods they didn’t need and vice-versa. When I think about the immense pressure she must have faced, it certainly puts things into perspective in terms of what we are going through right now.

I want you to know that you can reach out to me anytime. Whether it be in the comments below, or via email: thechicagofiles@gmail.comΒ 

If you are feeling scared or anxious and just need a friendly reminder that it’s going to be okay, please contact me.

We’ll be back to the everyday soon enough. Until such time, don’t forget to use the power of your thoughts and feelings to focus on anything that makes you (and others) happy.

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  36 comments for “Cher Shares Some Inspiration During These Difficult Times

  1. March 26, 2020 at 11:02 am

    Thank you, Cher.

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  2. March 26, 2020 at 11:09 am

    Thank you Cher for this very positive post – everyone needs some positivity right now more than ever! Stay safe. πŸ™πŸ»β€οΈ

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    • March 26, 2020 at 10:29 pm

      Thank you so much, John! I really appreciate it! Yes, and you as well my friend! Thank you! Cher xo

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  3. Dude
    March 26, 2020 at 11:11 am

    Well said dude. Much love from me over here to you over there! πŸ™‚

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    • March 26, 2020 at 7:33 pm

      Holy oler, Dude! What a wonderful surprise! Thank you, thank you so much and right back at you over there from me over here! Scan out. xoxo

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  4. March 26, 2020 at 12:35 pm

    This is definitely not the end but a shift. And yes, there is a lot to be grateful for too and that is what we need to remind ourselves when the situation feels overwhelming. This will pass and I am often picturing myself already in the future and thinking back of this time we are in now. I set a date in September and all the beautiful feelings which are coming from what we achieved during this time and what we learned. I also imagine what I developed by then and how I may look at life. I cannot wait for September to come in order to check on my vision. I wrote about this and the chance for the Self in my latest Monday post.
    Btw. my grandfather was in World War II too.
    Big hugs, dear Cher, and stay safe πŸ’–

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    • March 26, 2020 at 7:35 pm

      Erika, what a beautiful and lovely way to look at this exceptionally trying time. And your post is fantastic! I am with you, my dear! Was he? Your family like mine no doubt pushed through it despite the terrible conditions at the time. Big hugs to you too, dear Erika, and stay safe and well! Thank you! Cher xo

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      • March 27, 2020 at 2:02 pm

        No, doubts, Cher. We are able to make it and the more think the same the easier and less scared we will go through it. Big hugs and stay healthy, CherπŸ’–

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      • March 28, 2020 at 1:43 pm

        That is so true, Erika! I agree completely! Big hugs and stay healthy too, dear Erika! Thank you! Cher xo

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      • March 28, 2020 at 2:28 pm

        Big hugs and stay healthy too, dear πŸ’–

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      • March 28, 2020 at 6:18 pm

        Thank you, dear Erika! You too! πŸ’—

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      • March 29, 2020 at 5:32 am

        Thank you πŸ˜ŠπŸ’–

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      • March 30, 2020 at 8:53 am

        xoxo

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  5. March 26, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    Such beautiful and uplifting words Cher, thank you for the heads up to Good News Network. xo

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    • March 26, 2020 at 7:35 pm

      Ah, bless you! Thank you so much, dear Holly! I just love the Good News Network and it literally has changed the way I feel. What a pleasure to go to the website and not have a feeling of, uh oh, what’s going on now? Bless you my dear, and stay safe! Cher xo

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  6. March 26, 2020 at 1:39 pm

    Although my heart aches for all the medical professionals dealing with this crisis, personally I have lived through much worse. I wish people would self-isolate more and not assume only old people will get sick. I have many relatives in the medical profession and people who aren’t paying attention are making their lives more miserable than they need to be.

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    • March 26, 2020 at 7:40 pm

      Your words are spot on, JT! I am saddened by the lack of common sense in many cases. There is no age that is exempt from this virus. In Chicago, the mayor had to (just this afternoon) close down our lakefront because too many people were socializing). We are in a lockdown except for grocery store visits, medical, pharmacy, and exercising. The people who didn’t pay attention to the social distancing have now caused millions of us to have to stay away from the lake for now. I’ll keep looking forward and trying to focus on the good, but I understand it is difficult! Cher xo

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  7. March 26, 2020 at 6:31 pm

    I appreciate your positive words. Things will never really be the same, I don’t think. It would be wonderful to imagine that something good could come of all this fear and suffering. I will check out that website!

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    • March 26, 2020 at 7:42 pm

      Ah, thank you so much, Becky. I agree with you, yet I do feel very positive that good will come out of all of this. The website I listed is such a great place to see those good things, and I’m sure when this is over we’ll see a lot more. There are some amazing people trying to make a difference, and I am so grateful for them! Thank you, dear Becky! Cher xo

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  8. March 26, 2020 at 6:55 pm

    Just what we needed! ❀ I've signed up for The Good News Network too… Sending lots of love your way, dear Cher! xo

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    • March 26, 2020 at 7:43 pm

      Ah, bless! Why thank you so much, dear Bette!! It is such a wonderful website and I’m super grateful to have found it and share it here! Sending lots of love your way as well, dear Bette! Thank you!! Cher xo

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  9. March 26, 2020 at 7:23 pm

    Thank you, Cher, just what we(I) needed to read and the link to the Good News Network…This cocooning is making me insular and damping down my thoughts…A big thank you as it has given the boost I needed..stay safe and well πŸ™‚ xx

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    • March 26, 2020 at 7:46 pm

      Why thank you so much, Carol! Yes, the website is literally a game-changer for me. When we know that by staying home we are helping others and if we think about it, we very well may be saving lives without knowing it. Thank you, dear Carol! Stay safe and well too! Cher xo

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  10. petespringerauthor
    March 26, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    What a beautiful perspective! I’m right with you about the random acts of kindness that not only bring someone else joy but also make us feel good about ourselves.

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    • March 26, 2020 at 9:31 pm

      Why thank you so much, Pete! It really does, doesn’t it? Muchly appreciated! Cher xo

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  11. March 27, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    A wonderful uplifting post. Take care Cher and yes, cherish the little things.

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    • March 28, 2020 at 1:42 pm

      Ah, thank you so much! That’s really kind of you to say! And to you as well my dear! Thank you! Cher xo

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  12. March 29, 2020 at 6:48 am

    I look at the current situation we’re in as a chapter in a book, Cher. I’ll get to the end of that chapter soon, and a new one will begin. And, best of all, these chapters are a pathway to a happy ending.
    Thanks so much for offering your support to everyone.
    Take care and stay safe.

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    • March 30, 2020 at 8:53 am

      Thank you soooooo much, dear Hugh for your insightful words. I literally feel so much better after reading your perspective on this situation. Ah, bless you! Thank YOU and likewise my dear! Cher xo

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