… & Gratitude
This year has been challenging to say the least. We have all experienced some kind of loss. So many have lost a loved one. So many have suffered the loss of their health. So many have lost their quality of life due to financial loss. So many have lost so much.
It’s November, the month of Thanksgiving. Three weeks from today, people in the United States will celebrate this holiday, or some version of it. For most, it won’t be a regular Thanksgiving, a time when family members come together. This year, many family members cannot come together. They need to distance themselves from their loved ones because of health issues and vulnerabilities.
Some may think there isn’t much to be thankful for. Some are waiting for this year to be over. Covid-19 has cast a dark shadow on the lives of most people this year, but it didn’t start in 2020, and it won’t be over in 2020. Every day is still a gift. Every day, every one of us still has a lot to be grateful for.
For the next three weeks, I invite you to list three things you appreciate in your life every single day. Start with what’s around you, what you see, smell, taste, hear, and touch, and move on to abstract things.
Do you sleep in a bed?
Do you drink some beverage in the morning?
Do you have a roof over your head?
Do you have someone to talk to?
Do you have a cell phone?
Do you eat?
Can you breathe easily?
Do you have clothes to wear?
Do you have a means of transportation?
Do you read books?
Can you read?
Do you have internet connection?
Can you listen to music?
Do you have clean water?
Can you keep your house warm?
Do you have electricity?
Do you have family?
Do you have friends?
Do you have pets?
Do you have a memory that makes you smile?
Do you have a job?
Have you accomplished anything?
Do you have love?
If you answered yes to any of the questions above, be grateful for it and say it out loud. There are many people in the United States that don’t have all these that some of us take for granted. There are some who don’t have any of these. Appreciate what you have; don’t take any of it for granted.
Express your thanks. The more you express your gratitude, the more you will notice how fortunate you are. More is never enough; it is not the key to happiness. Having more may result in temporary happiness, but it is not the key to lasting happiness. The key to lasting happiness is to appreciate what already you have. So list everything you have access to, every person, every pet, every memory, everything. Give thanks.