You’re probably asking yourself, why on earth would I be thankful for 2020? No I haven’t lost my mind. There’s no doubt 2020 has been a very challenging year on many levels. There is so much we are or have been unable to do; travel, family gatherings, shopping without waiting in lines, entertaining friends, book clubs, going to the gym, enjoying live music or theatre, visiting the elderly in care facilities, volunteer work, in person education and the list could go on if that’s how you want to remember this year. However, I want to challenge you to see the positive things that have come out of 2020.
Here’s my personal list of things I will remember long after the new year begins:
- I will never take for granted again the privilege of seeing my doctor live when I’m unwell. Online visits just don’t have the same level of quality heath care.
- I will be more grateful for people who risk their lives and the lives of their families every day they’re on the job; doctors, nurses, caretakers, firemen, policemen, grocery store clerks, anyone working in the food industry, delivery people, teachers, mail delivery personnel, repair people, anyone working in long term care facilities/group homes/hospitals. You are all real life heroes.
- Time with family and friends is precious and I will take every opportunity to let my loved ones know how much I love them and miss them when I can’t see them in person.
- I will appreciate every opportunity I get to eat out, savouring a meal prepared by someone other than me and served by someone with a smile.
- I am thankful for the time this year has brought me to rediscover my love of reading.
- While I haven’t been able to attend church, I am grateful I live in a country where worship is not discouraged and we are free to praise God wherever and whenever we feel the need or desire. My relationship with God has strengthened through personal prayer, in asking for help and in being thankful for the health and safety of all those I love.
- I enjoyed the quality time spent with family and friends, visiting, playing games, watching movies, enjoying outdoor activities with those not within my bubble and truly talking and listening without distraction.
- No matter how messy my daughter and her partner are (lol), I will be overjoyed to have them under our roof again.
If you had to pick some positive outcomes out of this unusual year, what would they be?
Remember to stay Pretty, Plus and Proud even in the most stressful of times for they are not permanent and there is always joy, no matter how small, in the most difficult of days. Remember this year, the good and the bad, and be thankful for the lessons of gratitude and humbleness.