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Taking a few moments to think about all the things worth being grateful for right now can help put a challenging year in perspective.
Thanksgiving is over and I have a burning question for you. What are you grateful for? This question has more importance than in previous years. Why? Because the pandemic has rocked so many of our worlds. In this time where we are challenged more than ever, it is important to look at what you are grateful for.
Here is my list:
These are the things that come to mind when I think about what is important in my life. What about you? What are you grateful for? Is it people? Health? Your job? Your work family? The next step is, let the people in your life know how you feel about them. If you appreciate someone, tell them. Tell them now. Time is a precious commodity. Life happens very quickly. You may think that you have all the time in the world to tell someone how you are really feeling…and then you find out you were terribly mistaken. Life can and does change in a split second.
Try living your life without regrets. Do not feel that you should have done something or said something that you did not. Instead, live in the moment. Today, I was shoveling snow. We got hit hard here in Cleveland, Ohio. I shoveled for 2 hours to move 12 to 18 inches of snow off my driveway. I did not even get halfway done before I gave up. A truck has been stuck blocking my driveway for the past 6 hours. They cannot move. They are waiting for a tow. I offered food and drink, but they declined. If they had asked to use the bathroom, I would not have said no. Even with a pandemic, how can you say no to the basic needs? Luckily, they never asked.
While shoveling, I saw a young 21-year-old college kid get stuck in someone’s driveway. I walked down and helped dig him out. He was delivering food with Door Dash. What struck me was how this kid could not believe that I was helping to dig him out. He was stuck in the driveway and then in the street as the city had not plowed. When he pulled away, I told him to pay it forward. That is the only way that he can repay me for helping him…by helping someone else.
This is why it is important to look at what you have in your life that you are grateful for. It puts life in perspective. Even though this has been a rough year for so many of us, there are still things worth being grateful for. Please give it some thought and email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what your gratitude list looks like.
Remember, you are not alone. We are in this together. Things are going to get better. Do not give up hope. And, most importantly, do not forget what you are grateful for.
Happy Holidays! Also, wear a mask and stay safe!