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.