This Thanksgiving feels different this year; don’t get me wrong as I am still incredibly grateful for my faith, family and friends. Anyone who knows me knows that I am completely smitten with my grandchildren, so my heart is very full.
What feels different this year is the experience of a Covid/Election year; It has filtered the way I now see life. As I sit and ponder the past year I realize that I have learned a great deal about myself as I have weathered all the collective challenges that 2020 has brought into my life.
I am choosing to be grateful for all that I have learned and continue to learn as I look with hope into the coming year. I wanted to share some of the tidbits I’ve learned in this interesting season:
I don’t mind being home.
I had a lot of closets that needed to be cleaned out.
Cooking new recipes can be fun.
Not hugging people hurts my heart.
I’m not a zoom person. I can do it but I love to be present with people.
I am fortunate to live in a place of wide open spaces; being outside fills my soul.
Hallmark entertains me which could make me a cheesy person.
A steady diet of the news causes depression. Time alone with God brings hope.
I am more creative than I thought I was; there are lots of ways to accomplish a goal.
I can remain in a vibrant relationship with God even if my church is closed.
Instacart is good.
Having a dance party with yourself is not a bad idea.
It is possible to smile with my eyes.
That it’s easy for me to feel hopeless when a hard season shows no ending date.
I have a greater appreciation for many, many opportunities and options I once easily had.
I miss traveling.
Wearing a mask makes my nose run and I am afraid to sneeze as someone may think I’m sick.
Adult color books are a good thing.
Extra time with my family is a blessing.
Politics are volatile and I need to focus on changes I CAN inspire.
Yoga pants can complete an outfit.
Most of all, I’ve learned, like so many of you, that I am more resilient than I thought I was. The challenges have pulled me closer to things that matter the most, balanced my busyness, and caused me to be grateful for each day. I choose to be grateful for it all.
Have a meaningful Thanksgiving as you ponder all that means the most to you this year.
2 thoughts on “A fresh look this Thanksgiving~”
Oh my gosh! I very nearly could have written this list only my mask makes me cough and I can’t handle Hallmark movies. Although, I read something this week that suggested Hallmark movies are good for us because they provide an escape from overthinking and guarantee a much needed happy ending. So wave your cheesy flag proudly – it’s good for your mental health!
I also really miss the freedom of going places without planning the expedition like I’m headed into battle armed with my sanitizer, masks and memorized floor plan of every store. lol.
Thank you for your thoughts! It is a strange time for sure! Hang in there! And Yes!! Hallmark is terribly predictable 🤗