No doubt this has been a stressful year for every one of us. We have friends and clients who’ve struggled with COVID. Some are still suffering with the lasting effects. Many of our clients are beyond stressed – working from home, supervising children in virtual school, and taking care of their households. Marriages and relationships are struggling. There is less time to spend together as a couple, and no opportunity to go on dates or get away.
In our family, we worry about one of our kids working in a hospital with COVID patients, parents in senior housing who are socially isolated, two family members who have been hospitalized. We had a loss in Bob’s family. Though it was not from COVID, we couldn’t have a “normal” funeral or visit with family and friends for physical and emotional comfort. We have also worried about the state of our country with all the anger and divisiveness. It’s easy to get lost in all of our sadness and fear.
So, what is there to give thanks about this year?
Plenty. I am a believer that along with the losses, “It could always be worse.”
For Thanksgiving this year, Bob and I are making a gratitude list. It gives us hope, reminds us of the positive, keeps us motivated, and balances out all the stressors in this period of our lives.
We give thanks that we:
- Have clients who have transitioned to work virtually,
- Have food and a home,
- Are able to keep in touch with loved ones, even if it’s over Zoom,
- Have each other and our family.
Even in the worst of times, we can always find things to be grateful for. It’s looking at life with the glass half full instead of half empty. Sometimes that’s the only choice we have.
We are also grateful that, when someone sees the glass as half empty, they allow us to empathize and show compassion, so they are not so alone.
Why don’t you and your family start a gratitude list on Thanksgiving?
We wish you and your family a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.
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