“The tongue has the power of life and death.”  Proverbs 18:21 (NIV) 

The words you choose to say matter. When we speak positive things, we are giving opportunity for positive outcomes. 

This is my favorite Bible verse and I have always found it to be true no matter the circumstance. However, nothing has proven it truer than the collateral situations this unforeseen pandemic put me in. I come from a family of 12 kids ranging from ages 25 to 6. Having all of these people in one family can give birth to many perspectives and many lives changed when anything happens, especially when it’s the magnitude of a global epidemic.

Covid-19 resulted in my parents and all but one sibling and I living with 2 Guinea pigs, 2 dogs, a bearded dragon, and a fish — all under on roof. I don’t know about you but I think that is borderline too many living organisms in one house unable to go anywhere. While this was stressful at times, one thing we all learned is when you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed, while those feelings are very valid, what matters most is your reaction. In everyday life, and especially in times like these, we should speak life into one another and lift each other up instead of lashing out and letting our emotions get the best of us.

I would like to challenge everyone to speak positivity into tough situations you may currently be facing. For my family, instead of seeing those weeks in quarantine as time out of work, we were able to view it as uninterrupted family time to rest and reset. We were able to take advantage of the world being set on pause and create a positive outcome.

Written by Kiarra Givings, OSA Instructor

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