CHALLENGE OF THE HOLIDAYS

We are closing in on my favorite holiday – Thanksgiving. I love the idea of taking a day out of our busy year to focus on being grateful. Just like many holidays, the focus of the holiday has shifted from being grateful to cooking a large meal. This year, much like everything in life, things are different. Physical distancing and the fear of the virus has put limits on family gatherings. I always try looking at the positive side of everything and there is something positive to be had in this.

The one way to appreciate anything is to do without it for a period of time. If our significant other goes away on vacation we realize how much their presence means in our life. Even our job, which can often bring us a great deal of frustration, can be appreciated with a period of unemployment. This year, we have many things that have been taken away from us by this terrible pandemic. The plus side is that we can be reminded how much we have to be grateful for. There are so many things that we may have taken for granted that now we can feel how much we miss them. On a positive note, it has also forced us to find new and exciting ways to stay connected even when we have to be apart physically. Finding ways to put technology to work through zoom meeting and even video calls to stay in touch with friends and family. Using technology for the purpose of bringing us closer is yet another thing to be grateful for.

There are also old-fashioned things that we may have forgotten that can benefit us greatly in these chaotic times. Sending someone a greeting card in the mail to say nothing other than I love you, I miss you or I am grateful to have you in my life. Cooking a home cooked meal together and then sharing that meal with friends and family as you spend the evening watching a movie together. Maybe enjoying playing board games together and learning about each other while laughing and having a good time. Finally having time to catch up on those good books you have been meaning to read and never seem to have the time for.

Whether it is enjoying and benefiting from new technology that allows us to remain close even when we have to stay far away, or going back to the older technology that allows us to reconnect, these crazy times have given us a lot to be grateful for. I would love to hear some of the things you remain grateful for or even new things you have discovered you are grateful for here in 2020. I believe if we all share what we are grateful for we can help spread the feeling of gratitude in the world as we head into the new year. Please share what you are grateful for in the comments below. Is it a tradition you are still able to do during the pandemic? Is it the memories of holidays past and gathering together with family? Are you grateful for a special someone in your life that is making your world a better place? We all have something to be grateful for even in the craziest of times. Share yours with us and let us spread love and light the rest of the year.

3 thoughts on “CHALLENGE OF THE HOLIDAYS

  1. I am Always Grateful for my Redemption through Jesus Christ and Holy Spirit of Our Heavenly Father. I am Thankful for what HE gives and takes away , so I draw nearer to HIM each day, with the Love of Jesus Christ

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  2. Very nice read Neil. I was kind of sad when my mom cancelled our Thanksgiving festivities this year for fear of getting covid. She is undecided about Christmas yet. I understand her concern. I’ve been trying to find other outlets and even relaxing more. However, there are people that don’t have the mental fortitude that I do. Being alone drives some people to a form of madness. They get depressed, they feel alone and this gets worse over time. Since we can’t visit most people in person and social media can sometimes be too impersonal, take the time to call, yes call and have a conversation. Not just a, how are you but a 10 minute or longer actual conversation. It’s harder than one thinks in this right now world. With less physical touching or being in others proximity it’s prudent that we take the time to be there for others. Once or twice a week can be a lifesaver for real. Let’s all get through this together while keeping a distance…for now.

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