A year of change, adaptation, and uncertainty. Too many lives unexpectedly taken by the menacing COVID19, undoubtedly affecting every individual in some way shape or form. The year that is already commonly referred to as the year of all bad things. And as the holidays are upon us, we are experiencing a holiday season like none other. Families unable to gather with their loved ones and revisit annual traditions that have shaped our most precious memories that are held near and dear to our hearts. Loved ones unable to exchange gifts in person after indulging in a beautifully prepared meal. And people deprived of the most beautiful gifts of sharing hugs.
That’s the thing though, this year has been the year in which we are collectively tested in our ability to feel touched in a physically touch-less society. The human mind is actually wired to think of the negatives and disappointments first, before looking at all the beautiful things to be grateful for in one’s life. And I’m sure we’ve all been guilty of reminiscing on the “normal” days prior to 2020, and reflecting on this year as a year of destruction. But why can’t we look at the year as the year that tested the amount of kindness in the hearts of humanity. The year that showed us what matters most in life. The year that revisited the reality of how fragile the gift of life is. What if this year gave us a foundation on how to reevaluate who/what truly means the most to us, so that we can practice that gratitude regularly. A year of reconstruction, not destruction. Whether that’s complimenting a stranger, calling a loved one to say how much you appreciate their presence in your life, or engaging in acts of service to benefit the goodness of humanity, no deed goes unnoticed.
The depth of your gratitude starts with your attitude.