The end of the year is near. It is time for all of us to think about the good things during this year. We all know 2020 has been a collection of bad news. Hundreds of thousands have already died from an unrelenting virus. Yet, in the midst of the scourge, there are things to be thankful for. It may be hard to do because the same four walls are boring, and people are tired.
So here are a few of the things I am not just thankful for, but to a point privileged. I am aware of this at all times.
- I have food and shelter. Given how many of my neighbors are both food and shelter insecure, for that I give thanks.
- My husband has a job, even if as an essential worker he still has to go to work. Given how many people have lost jobs, this is something to be thankful for.
- We are both still healthy. Our close families have so far dodged it, even if some in the family are medical providers. Two at times work in COVID wards.
- With all the grousing from the younger set, they are on the right side of the digital divide. Ergo, they have both devices and high-speed Internet. They can continue with their schooling, as suboptimal as this may be. But they do complain. None wants to live in the middle of historic times, not that most want to read of them in history books either. I know people in the educational system who do not. That is just added stress and those young ones will fall further behind.
- I am thankful for my husband, my best friend. If you are to live through interesting times, it’s best with a good friend, my best friend.
- Then there is zoom and FaceTime. It’s allowed me to stay in touch with friends and family.
- The old phone, so I can call the elders in the family every so often. It’s critical to stay in contact with them. It’s also much easier than telegraphs, or letters like most were done in 1918. Sadly, one of my uncles did pass early on. Whether it was COVID or not, is beside the point. May his memory, and every other person who has died globally, be a blessing.
- Finally, I am grateful Dexter adopted us. Yes, that was right before the pandemic began. He was very sick when he came home. Now he is a constant shadow and gives the house light. He is a good happy pup. He even has fur now and does not want to wear his thicker winter jacket. Granted, it has not been that cold…yet.
So as the year comes to an end, as historically bad as this year has been, it’s time to reflect. Some of us are privileged and lucky. But as we complain about how tired we are, and wearing masks…it could be far worse.
There is a privilege in my position, but also awareness about the condition of others. I know millions are going hungry, and getting sick. There are hundreds of thousands who are already dead, and more to come in the United States alone. So you may be tired of wearing a mask and want things to go back to normal. Sit down and reflect on what you have, and perhaps how lucky you have been.
This perspective helps to dig deep and continue to do what we must. Sit down and write your own mindful list. The light at the end of this dark tunnel is starting to show as a point of light. But we must continue to wear masks, wash hands, and social distance. As to the younger set currently in school, when they have children of their own, they can tell tales of school at home over zoom. It will be the modern equivalent of walking uphill both ways in the snow.