Up to 500 million people – about one-third of the world’s population – became infected with the 1918 Pandemic virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Protection. As many as 50 million died, or one out of every 30 human beings on the planet. The virus killed more American troops than died on World War I battlefields.
The intensity and speed with which the flu struck were almost unimaginable. It was the worst global pandemic in modern history.
"Influenza viruses, with the vast silent reservoir in aquatic birds, are impossible to eradicate," the World Health Organization warned. "With the growth of global travel, a pandemic can spread rapidly globally with little time to prepare a public health response."
If an equal ratio of Americans died in a pandemic today, that would be 2 million Americans. That's the current population of the entire Las Vegas metropolitan area.
Pandemics ignore national borders, social class, economic status and even age. The pandemic killed more people in 24 months than AIDS killed in 24 years, more in a year than the Black Death killed in a century, according to the book "The Great Influenza." The dead included about 675,000 people in the United States. In just October alone, the worst single month in the U.S., an unthinkable 100,000 Americans died. Many were young adults in the prime of their life. The World Health Organization said the 1918 influenza pandemic was known colloquially as “Spanish flu,” although there was nothing “Spanish” about the epidemic.
What can we do to get through these next months with Covid-19? We can give thanks. Wikipedia defines 'thanks' as gratitude, appreciation or thankfulness which is a positive emotion in acknowledgment or that one has received or will. It's hard to give thanks or feel gratitude when we have to wear masks, distance ourselves or feel gratitude if we have lost a loved one to this event. It's hard to give thanks or feel gratitude when the economy is poor; there are wars & rumors of war, heated disagreements over how the government should be run; foreclosures; and even personal problems caused by these events. It is disheartening that there are mega problems that surround us today. A hopeless feeling might come over some of us. Have you thought of giving thanks for anything recently? Is there anything that you are thankful for? God talks to us via the Bible and tells us:"Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.
"Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name." Psalms 100:4 The Lord tells us in Psalm 32:8 - "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you."
God wants us to be happy. His Word in Scripture reflects this. He instructs us in His Ways in the Bible and His instructions pave the way to happiness, peace and prosperity. How do we know that God wants us to be happy? He tells us in Proverbs 17:22:
"A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones."
One of the ways you can get happier and over the disillusionment of life’s events is to start praising God and thanking Him. There are uncountable things we can thank him for and show true gratitude for. They can be little things; in fact, it’s the little things that change your heart from downtrodden to a cheerful heart. I thank God for opening my eyes to see every morning and being able to get out of bed. I thank Him for the capability to drive, work, exercise, read, share love with my mate, family and/or friends and for every meal I partake. These are all gifts and blessings from God. Not everyone has them. You may have different ones - think about them. We all have so many blessings we take for granted. We have many avenues we can use to fight it. There are vaccines coming available.
I give thanks to Him and Praise Him. ‘All good things come from God’. They don’t have have to be lottery wins, or windfalls or extraordinary happenings. The more I praise Him and thank Him, the more cheerful I become. The negative things in my life become less prominent. Two matters cannot occupy the same space. My praises highlight the thankfulness; my thankfulness highlights the good and negates the bad; my gratitude is mind-changing.
Become aware of all the good things in your life. Start praising God for all the good things; give Him genuine gratitude. And you will find that you will achieve a happy heart and a cheerful mind. And when you become uplifted, don’t forget to thank Him and praise Him for that, too!
Marie Coppola updated October 13, 2020