Happy Holidays! In the midst of this unprecedented worldwide pandemic, I hope you are staying positive and testing COVID-19 negative! Although many of us find ourselves trying to find a new normal during this pandemic and the holidays, I encourage us all to find things for which we are thankful. I just finished reading The Gratitude Diaries by Janice Kaplan. It was a great read for this crazy time and I highly recommend it. Kaplan confirms that gratitude is an attitude—how you feel has less to do with events that occur in your life and more to do with your attitude.
How can we have a grateful attitude? Instead of focusing on the negativity of this pandemic, we can take some time to discover gratitude again. Over the past few months, people and families have taken the time to work on personal fitness, create together as a family, enjoy jigsaw puzzles, bikes, free weights, board games, walks, painting. Technology like Skype, FaceTime, and Zoom have allowed us to reconnect with families and friends in a whole new way. My sister and her family live in Seattle, Washington. Despite the miles between us, her 14-year-old daughter—my niece, and I have enjoyed trying new recipes and cooking together over Zoom.
We have baked, cooked and sautéed–although her vegan carrot cake looked way better than mine when we were finished.
Over the next few weeks, whether around the dinner table or by zoom, as you discuss the events of the day with your family and friends, I encourage you to challenge each person to share one part of their day he or she is grateful for. Explore what COVID-19 has taught them to appreciate. As we look forward to a new year, may we bring our grateful attitudes with us into 2021.