The COVID-19 pandemic has turned 2020 into a difficult and stressful year, particularly for those of us working in the healthcare field. It has left many of us feeling isolated, discouraged, and saddened by many great losses.
But on the other hand, it has brought some good. It has reinforced the fact that instead of taking things for granted, we should take them with gratitude; And when we take time to give thanks and count our blessings, we realize how blessed and lucky we truly are.
I found a great quote by writer Melody Beattie. She said “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and create a vision for tomorrow.“
Admittedly, it is harder to feel thankful and grateful this year. We’ve been instructed to spent Thanksgiving separated from our families and loved ones due to the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus. Although this is depressing, there is always something to be thankful for. I’ve come to realize that the more thankful I am, the more I have to be thankful for.
For me I am thankful for my health, a warm home, good food, my family my friends and a career that I am passionate about. By holding these blessings in my heart and mind, it will make a great Thanksgiving meal.