My Gratitude List For 2020
Aesthetically pleasing 2020 began with so many hopes and dreams for everyone around the world. It started with a bang and then went down south with the pandemic threatening us. Stay at home order, virtual learning, layoffs and pay cuts, and above all loss of lives. This year has been difficult and different for all of us. But as the saying goes, even a broken clock shows the correct time twice a day, there is something good in each and every situation. It is hard to find gratitude at difficult times, but it is essential for our own mental well being. Here is my gratitude list for 2020.
Thankful for the gift of life
We have made it to the end of 2020 and the corona-virus vaccine seems promising. I’m deeply grateful for being hale and healthy in this pandemic. My heart goes out to all those who have become a casualty of this pandemic. Waking up to see a new day seems mundane but this pandemic has taught us that is a gift to be thankful for. A healthy life is the greatest gift that we receive.
Thankful for living below our means but within our needs
Both I and my husband faced huge pay cuts. I admit that my immediate reaction was to panic. I was frustrated about how we would manage the expenses. But after hearing the news of mass layoffs, the panic and irritation slowly faded off. I was grateful that we still had a job and even more grateful to be living a simple life on a budget.
Thankful for the extended family time
Homeschooling turned into virtual learning and working from home. We have been home for the last 8 months and still haven’t killed each other 😉 Jokes apart, I’m so thankful for this extended family time! In the pre-pandemic times, life was so busy that we hardly got to eat family meals. This year, we made use of each and every day to sit together for at least one meal of the day. I did a lot of cooking and tried out new dishes. Yes, it was tiresome and even grueling to do the dishes. But the feedback from the family especially my young kids showing interest in new foods was worth the effort.
I’m also thankful for the technology that has kept us connected during this unique and challenging time. Much thanks to the wonderful teachers for keeping the kids engaged with virtual learning. Thankful for first responders, grocery store clerks, and all the public workers. Thanks a ton!
How are you ending your 2020? Have you made your gratitude list yet?