Peace Partnership

Toxic Positivity

Posted by on May 4, 2020

In the last 6-8 weeks I’ve heard a lot of people work to find the positive in our current ‘shelter in place’ situation. We’ve seen humanity at its best and worst. We’ve gained new skills (or reacquainted ourselves with them: hello new homeschool teachers, homemade bread bakers, homemade disinfectant makers, homemade…well, you get it). And, we’ve worked to provide our kids with a sense of safety and assurance that we are doing the best we can with what resources we do and do not have. Which is amazing. We’ve risen to the occasion and become resilient.

However, I think it is absolutely imperative to acknowledge the difficulty in this season. The difficult piece looks different for each of us. Some of my very favorite extroverted people are near their breaking point in feeling lonely. Some of my friends are up to their ears in homeschool expectations, new apps, and working to manage their work, Zoom calls, and keeping up their home. If you see people thriving in this season, recognize that you don’t have the full picture. You didn’t see the fight that it took to get the worksheet done, or the kiddo that walked through the Skype board meeting (half clothed) to ask for a glass of water, or the bottom half of their fashion choices for the day. This season is hard, and there are many moments that are unpleasant, grueling, and crummy. It’s ok to acknowledge that and not plaster a smile on our face. Vulnerability breeds growth and it is ok to be vulnerable in this season. The other day I had a handful of sour gummy worms for breakfast. Was it my proudest moment as an adult? No. Did I make it through the day? Yes (and yes Mom, I did have more balanced/healthier meals later in the day, I promise).

I caution you to avoid toxic positivity. This kind of positivity is just as dangerous as being overly negative and just as unrealistic as the expectations that many of us are placing upon ourselves to be perfect in a season of unknown. I urge you to remain in contact with your support system and let them know how you are doing. Cry if you need to. Be mad at the virus if you need to. Find connection in sharing your fears and confusion. If we acknowledge these things, they become a bit more manageable, perhaps even laughable (something we all need right now) and if nothing else, we gain affirmation that we are not alone. We are reminded that God’s plan is bigger than any plan we thought we could put into action. Acknowledge the hard stuff and then work to move forward. Avoid the temptation to wallow. Don’t live in the denial of the difficulty. Embrace it, give yourself the grace that you would give anyone else in your situation, realizing that we were not meant to do ALL the things. Find something to do to care for yourself—take a walk, get away from your screens, give that pet (who is very confused about why you are home all the time right now) some extra love, take 5 minutes to snuggle that little person who just mastered pterodactyl screeches… and most importantly, take a deep breath and remember, the One who is in control has a plan greater than we can imagine.


Thanks to YOU,
our forever home is complete!

We are putting the finishing touches on our Expansion project as we speak. We cannot thank our supporters enough for making this dream a reality. Thank you to everyone who has continued to contribute to this project during this trying time. We still need to raise $6,100 to hit 100% of our goal. Please prayerfully consider a generous financial gift to help us reach our final goal.

Giving is easy! Please visit our website or mail a check payable to Peace Partnership to: 605 NE Woods Chapel Rd., Lee’s Summit, MO 64064. Be sure to write “Expansion Donation” in the memo or comments. All gifts are 100% tax deductible.

Please join us in our effort to finalize construction on our forever home so that we can continue to provide peace to those in need for years to come.

Thank you for helping us secure the future of Peace Partnership!

Thank you to the following Expansion Campaign donors:

  • Roger Lantz, thank you for your partnership and support.
  • Jon & Juli Ellis thank you for your extremely generous contribution towards our Expansion Campaign.
  • Lee & Debbie Miller we are grateful to you for answering the call to help out financially for our Expansion Campaign.

We want to give a heartfelt thank you to all of our donors who continue to support us through their generous giving. We are grateful to you for making it possible for others to find hope and healing.

  • Children’s Services Fund of Jackson County, we are grateful for your continued support during COVID-19 and for approving a technology grant so we can provide tele-health.
  • Thank you, William Bryan, for supporting Peace Partnership with your first-time gift.
  • Stewardship Capital we are so grateful for your matching gift for the Month of Giving.
  • Greg Roy, we appreciate your generous gift to support our mission.
  • Don & Linda Pearce, we are thankful for your faithful partnership.
  • Ryan & Keri Horn, thank you for helping us provide quality care for the underserved with your annual gift.

A special Thank You to our faithful monthly supporters: Brandon & Vanessa Blanchard, Jennifer Glasgow, Vox Dei Community, Craig & Samantha Compton, John & Vicki Hefner, Tamara Silvey, Church at Coffee Creek, John & Keshia Otradovec, Nancy & Tim Shea, Diane Smith, Rick & Kathy Daulton, Scott & Lydia Hurley, Kevin Quinn, Dan & Gigi Rippee, Mike & Tracy Pruitt, Lee & Debbie Miller, Linda Hartman, Perception Funding, Brent & Amanda Miller, Stan & Linda Byrd, Roger & Jennifer Madsen, Greg & Jennifer Spears, Cornerstone Community Church and Ron & Sunnie Haley. We appreciate you!



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