My kids know that I am the world’s biggest optimist. I try to imagine the best possible scenarios, find something good in the worst of situations, and look for the tiniest light in the darkest moments. I have to be. I have to keep my mind on the positive, otherwise I would sink deep into depression, anxiety and panic attacks (I still remember those years when this required a huge effort, and how often I would just give up).
I find that keeping a positive outlook is a superpower, and gratitude a magic wand that can get me out of a near-panic state and bring me a sense of peace and comfort.
Gratitude can ground us in this deep knowing that, no matter what, everything will be ok. It can shift our perspective from the bad things that are happening and remind us that we are all ultimately supported by an abundant and all-giving source of love and life.
But the real place where our everyday life happens is somewhere between the harsh reality and the faith and hope we hold. It’s somewhere between our vision of paradise and the place at our kitchen table where we have to deal with a threat of a bad disease, a tornado, cancelled trips and gigs (which means income), and a lack of toilet paper. The everyday is somewhere between Love and Fear (of lack, loss, grief, pain).
Here is one thing I want to tell you: I fully support the decision to use extreme caution, to cancel events and to close down theme parks in order to slow down the spread of the disease. I also believe that we all have to preserve a sense of normalcy and not give into the panic and fear. During the war in former Yugoslavia, it was super important to keep living – to come together as a community, to sing together, pray together, attend concerts and theater plays that fed our soul.
Keeping the spirits up is as crucial for health as nutritious food and avoiding getting infected.
Tatiana “Tajci” Cameron is an award-winning music artist, published author, inspirational speaker, and certified transformational and spiritual life coach.
She has many passions and is dedicated to helping others while also creating an enriched life for herself and her three sons. When Tajci is not on the road performing gigs, she volunteers with local organizations dear to her heart, spends time with loved ones (often involving music!), and collaborates with other artists to bring creative projects to life.
Tajci’s most recent projects include a meditation CD, an annual retreat & sea cruise in Croatia (that she organizes and hosts), and a multimedia CD/book (Un)Broken: Songs My Father Taught Me.
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