Another new day, another new week, another new Monday. I know it may be corny, and everyone is talking about it, but what better week to talk about being thankful than this one? Thanksgiving is this Thursday and it will admittedly be different than any Thanksgiving a lot of us have ever had. This whole year has been different than any we’ve ever had. So as we are officially in holiday season, I want to encourage everyone to be thankful.
Holidays season is the most festive season of the year. Most of us wait all year for this time to come around. The weather is colder, the kids are out of school, we get a break from work, and this is the time of year when we really get to enjoy each other. Well, that’s normally the case. With the Covid cases back on the rise and flu season in full effect, this is going to be a rather socially distant holiday for a lot of us. Wearing masks to family functions, not inviting the whole family, not traveling, and some people are just not doing anything at all. Nevertheless, this is still a time to be thankful.
In the U.S., there have been an average of about 100,000 new Covid cases reported per day for the last week. This virus has been just one of the things running rampant this year as police brutality was at a public high too. Most of the people dying of Covid are black. We’re also at the top of the unemployment list as jobs continue to downsize due to Coronavirus. We have a child throwing tantrums in the White House. Yet, we’re here to read and share this post and so many people haven’t made it this far. I know that most of us have suffered personal loss this year and it’s hard, but it’s okay.
It’s so easy to get caught up in all the bad that’s been going on. It’s so easy to be overwhelmed with the world right now. But this year offered you a lot more of what was important. It offered time to rest, yes we may have been out of work for a while, but that job was killing us anyways. It offered time for family; yes we haven’t been able to travel much or see everyone we wanted to, but we got to spend time with those in our house and sit up all night on zoom calls catching up with everybody all at once. It offered time for creativity; everything was closed at one point, but all the canvases and paint sold out of Walmart and all the good notebooks were out of stock too.
This year was a reset; it forced us to slow down, to look up from the screens, to get active in our communities, to get active in our lives. I have honestly enjoyed this year quite a bit. I found a love for hiking, I invested into my business and got it off the ground, I went to therapy, I went to protests and I found new foods to cook, and I have new paintings for my walls. God has carried us through this year and we’ve made it so far and through so much. Yet, this has been one of the best years of my life. Even with all the loss, I was able to find myself this year and I think that if everyone takes a moment to look back, you’d notice how much you have to be thankful for too!
So I wish you a happy Monday, and I wish you a happy week, and I wish you a happy Thanksgiving. I hope that you remain safe, you remain well, and you remain thankful!! Let’s have a great week!