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“Be thankful for what you have. Your life is someone else’s fairy tale.”  —Wale Ayeni

I’m a big believer in giving thanks—even this year. Maybe especially this year. Because, collectively, while we saw devastating losses in 2020, we also saw acts of giving and selflessness that stood out against the background of dire circumstances. And from personal vantage points, good things still happened.

I’ll start with the obvious, giving heartfelt thanks for:

  • All the healthcare and emergency workers who risked their own lives, interrupted time with their families, and gave tireless comfort and care to those suffering from COVID-19 
  • The workers who staffed the grocery stores and other essential businesses so that others’ lives could proceed with as much normalcy as possible
  • Those who helped to develop the vaccines that could help put an end to this pandemic, and to the volunteers who took the risk to test those vaccines
  •  Honest and transparent sources of information that kept us apprised of the year’s developments
  • Parents who redefined the term “multi-tasking” as they incorporated the full-time roles of worker, teacher, and caregiver into their lives. You set the example that your children observed, and will model their own behavior after
  • Having technology that helped keep us connected to friends and loved ones when we couldn’t keep their company in person
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When asked if my cup is half full or half empty, my only response is that I am thankful that I have a cup.”  —Sam Lefkowitz

Clearly, quarantines and restrictions were not the way that most of us wanted to live, this year. That said, we got creative. There were times to laugh and vent frustrations with friends and neighbors in socially-distanced driveway parties, people who reached out with acts of kindness to those who struggled, and others who just made the effort to lift the mood of others. Think of all the drive-by visits on birthdays, and the people singing from their balconies in Italy.

We got creative with how we spent endless hours at home. For those of us who always complained about never having enough time at home (thinking of a friend…)? Be careful what you wish for😉 We caught up on all those shows we DVR’d (and then some!). Many of us tried to use that extra time to become better cooks, better gardeners, learn a new language, get in better shape, and become better rested. Then again, some of us packed on the COVID 19 (or the COVID 10 or 25…again, thinking of a friend…) and to those people I say, “Take heart. New Year’s resolutions are only a few weeks away.”   

So, being cautiously optimistic about a return to normalcy in 2021, I would like to suggest that we learn from the valuable lessons that the pandemic taught us. In fact, we might like to keep some of the life changes that were thrust upon us we adopted in the crazy world of 2020. Among them:

  • Appreciating the importance of staying connected to those who mean the most to us
  • Realizing that we don’t need all “the stuff” that we thought we needed or to be constantly be on the go
  • A greater emphasis on cleanliness
  • Spending more time in nature
  • Remote working
  • More outdoor dining
  • More at-home dining, making full use of food and grocery deliveries
  • Streaming movies and concerts

And perhaps the most important—realizing that we really are all connected. Our actions affect others.

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“I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage.”  —Erma Bombeck

Me too, Erma…and I’m also thankful for that…😊

So, however you’re spending Thanksgiving, have a safe, healthy and happy holiday, and…

“Be present in all things and thankful for all things.”  —Maya Angelou

“…even in 2020…”  —Maggie Stenman

Until next time,