This pandemic is hard. When I read the latest virus stats, I feel little waves of anxiety washing over me. How do we cope? Could we really have an attitude of gratitude?
When I think about what I don’t have I can feel pretty miserable. Our spring trip to see family in the U.S. was cancelled. I can’t visit with family and friends. I miss my play dates with my little granddaughter Alice! The ministries at my Church have all been cancelled.
But when I practice an attitude of gratitude my focus gets back on track.
An attitude of gratitude helps me realize all the little blessings that are part of every day!
Simple Abundance – A Day Book of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach challenged me to be thankful every day for the little things. Sarah says, ”I looked at my life with open eyes. I saw that I had much for which to be grateful. I felt humbled by my riches and regretted that I took for granted the abundance that already existed in my life.”
Sarah says, “You simply won’t be the same person, after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life.”
So today let’s think about what we are thankful for.
I am thankful that this is not a world war! If we were at war I would live in the fear that a bomb might be dropped on my home. I might be shot at when I went to get groceries. My husband and son might have to become soldiers.
Instead I am asked to stay home and to only go out for necessities.
If my staying home can help save a life – then I am going to stay home! People matter!
To protect the spread of this virus I am asked to practice social distancing. I am thankful my family lives close by. I miss visits with my Mom and my kids and granddaughter but I can call and text. When this pandemic is over I can see them easily.
The other thing that I am thankful for is that our countries are caring for the elderly and the vulnerable.
My Mom and my father in-law fit that category.
I am very thankful that our country values their lives!
When I practice an attitude of gratitude my anxiety lifts.
I am writing a list of 10 things everyday that I am thankful for. Writing it down focuses my attention on the good stuff and makes it all real.
This is what my list looks like
- 1. Hot coffee
- 2. Little crocuses brightening my spring
- 3. The snow is melting
- 4. A walk outside in the sunshine
- 5. Good books
- 6. Lots of food in my cupboards and fridge and toilet paper too!
- 7. That Don can work from home
- 8. That spring is finally here
- 9. That my family members are healthy and well
- 10. That God is good
On good days the list could be much longer. On rougher days the list might be back to the basics of life.
Today’s little step: Find a little booklet or use your phone and every day list 10 things you are thankful for. An attitude of gratitude will get our focus on all that is good!
Better days are ahead my friends.