If you’re a pessimist you might have trouble finding anything to be thankful for this year.
Pandemic. Presidential Pandemonium. Unemployment. A continuing struggle for social justice to our black friends and neighbors. Depending on your geographical location you might have wildfires, hurricanes, or other environmental factor. If you’re in New York you have to put up with governor Cuomo’s ego.
For a pessimist this year has been full of darkness. Hatred. Terror. Fear. Hurt. Death.
As we begin today our hearts and emotions are exhausted from this year’s events and we might be celebrating Thanksgiving with a smaller group. Some of us missing loved ones.
But in this time let’s not forget to find the joy to be had. Let’s appreciate what good there still is. It is not ALL bad. There is still much to be thankful for.
There’s a motto the speaks to me:
“Build yourself a life you don’t need a vacation from.”
This year I have felt so thankful for this concept. While working from home I savored every moment. I enjoyed being at home with the horses, chickens, dog, cats, and, of course, my boyfriend Zac. I was happier and slept better. My animals were happier. In all it was a very good few months amidst a time of strife in the outside world. Our home was truly our place of respite; our own paradise.
I am thankful for my family being in good health.
I am very fortunate to work for a company that allowed us to work from home without furloughing any of us.
I am thankful for being able to learn not one but two new hobbies; carpentry and photography…both of which earned me some extra money on the side.
I am thankful for wonderful friends and the camping trips we were able to take this summer.
While the world was in quarantine I saw more families taking walks down our road with one another. Spending time with each other and enjoying the outdoors. It was a sight that we see far too little of these days and it made me smile.
I know that I am more fortunate than many others who have suffered and lost far more this year; I don’t deny that. I have also lost this year, suffered in other ways, and I’ve felt the pain of others. My heart does certainly ache for the many who’ve had great misfortune. I am thankful to be in a position to help my neighbors wherever I can.
Every day we can find joy in SOMETHING. Social media can often darken our moods but it’s still our decision whether to be happy or sad. Do you focus on the good? Or do you allow yourself to be overwhelmed by the bad? That’s your choice.
For me, at least, life is MUCH lovelier if you can focus more on the GOOD.
If you’re celebrating Thanksgiving today, Happy Thanksgiving.
If not, have a lovely Thursday.
What are YOU thankful for today?