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Hi Everyone,

Mandy and Jonathan Chew here 💙

We have been pondering the quote of Helen Keller: "Keep your face to the sunshine and you will never see the shadows."

As 2020 seems to become a more intense year for us each and every month, a little bit of sunshine seems to slip away, but as a result, we are trying to also acknowledge the shadows and sit with them as well. Shadows exist, but they don't have to consume us.

Jonathan has been reading Meditations from Marcus Aurelius and a quote really stood out to him: Nothing that goes on in anyone else’s mind can harm you. Nor can the shifts and changes in the world around you. Then, where is harm to be found? In your capacity to see it. Marcus goes on to say, "Surrounded as we are by all of this, we need to practice acceptance. Without disdain. But remembering that our own worth is measured by what we devote our energy to." ... "I can control my thoughts as necessary, then how can I be troubled?" ”You don’t have to turn this into something. It doesn’t have to upset you.”

Through all the things happening this year, most recently, through Chadwick Boseman's death, through the fires raging in Northern California, through sickness, through all the cases of injustice and inequality across the world, through any traumatic personal experience you may have encountered, we recommend to just keep going, one step at a time, one day at a time, remembering to be kind to yourself.

Marcus concludes by saying, "Either pain affects the body or it affects the soul. But the soul can choose not to be affected, preserving its own serenity, and its own tranquillity."

2020 may be consumed with shadows, but we can still preserve our own tranquility, creating our own sunshine even when there seems to be none.


- M&J

P.S. - For those of you just joining, welcome to this edition of our monthly newsletter, The Positopian, where every month, we share positive news, fiction, resources, & insights to help you become the best version of yourself! 

“Forgiveness is not forgetting. Forgiveness is freedom from hate.”
— Valarie Kaur

Stories of hope and courage —

They have been married 46 years and just overcame Covid-19, cancer and chemo together

By Lauren M. Johnson, CNN

A Texas couple is feeling extra blessed after beating the coronavirus, cancer and finishing chemo.

Robert and Janice Beecham have been married for 46 years, and this year they are happy to be recovering after a spring full of turmoil.

"It's a blessing to be here because a lot of people didn't make it," Janice told CNN.

Robert Beecham said he and Janice had been following the safety rules but he started to feel symptoms of Covid-19. A week and a half later he still wasn't feeling well so the couple got tested for the virus.


Tanzanite: Tanzanian miner earns millions after second rare find

He said the money will be used to build a school and a health facility in his community in Simanjiro district in northern Manyara region.

More than a million people in the UK have quit smoking since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, new study shows

By Sophia Ankel, Business Insider
Before the coronavirus pandemic hit, Saurav Dutt smoked up to six cigarettes a day.

The 38-year-old author from London first took up the habit as a way to unwind from college exams. But as the years went by he found that it helped him focus, and it became essential to his writing process.

"Smoking inspires my writing ... and drives me out of dark moods when I hit writer blocks or doubt my efforts," Dutt told Business Insider.

But as COVID-19 gripped the world, Dutt — who had tried quitting in the past, but never managed to do so — decided it was finally time to give up.

Stray dog who visited car dealership every day gets adopted and lands dream job

By Joshua Smith, Daily Star
Persistence has paid off for a stray dog who refused to stop turning up to a car dealership – after he was adopted and simultaneously landed his dream job.

The lonely pooch kept going to a Hyundai Prime branch in Brazil, and after staff fell in love with him they decided to adopt him and put him to work.

Newly-named Tucson Prime is now in charge of meeting and greeting customers to the dealership, and he couldn't be happier.

“If you’re feeling worried about how little you’ve achieved, remember that Bram Stoker didn’t write Dracula until he was 50, and Dracula didn’t kill anyone until he was dead.”

~Charlie Dinkin

Spread happiness to those around you —
A heartwarming video of a family buying all the ice cream from a Chicago man selling Pelatas so he could go home on Father's Day...
Here's to a safe and happy month ahead!
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