Gratitude Amidst a Pandemic

The world looks quite different than it did three months ago. We have all had to adjust to a much different way of thinking, living, and doing business. Some of us have adapted well, some of us have refused to adapt, but all of us have been affected in some way by what’s going on in the world.

During these difficult times, I think it’s even more important to focus on gratitude and on the things we are blessed to have or experience. With that in  mind, I wanted to write a post about the things I feel privileged to have and grateful for.

This is my own experience. It’s not my intent to tell anyone how to feel. We all process grief differently, and this pandemic has certainly brought grief to all of us. For some, the grief is for the life we knew. For others, grief for the life with knew intermingles with grief for the passing of loved ones and is made even more difficult as a result.

Expressing gratitude is one way in which I can experience my grief and still be comforted. Whichever way you need to experience your grief is personal and only you can decide how to proceed.

Here, I’m sharing the things I’m grateful for as a way to process that even during this pandemic, even as a high-risk person, even as someone dealing with anxiety about being in public (ironic for an extreme extrovert…), even with all of that, I have much to be grateful for.

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1. A big backyard

I’m grateful to live in a home with a large backyard, where I can walk and play with my children while not having to expose myself to potential contact with the virus.

2. My loving family

I’m grateful to live with my loving family, where spending time together is a joy.

3. Summer

The sunshine on my face makes it easier to bear the days of isolation. I already struggle in the winter, so I’m grateful that this is happening when I can have some sunshine.

4. A home (and our RV, too)

I’m grateful that we went on our adventure year before the pandemic hit, and that we decided to keep the RV even though we don’t have plans for long-term travel at the moment. The RV has been a great distraction for the kids, who play happily in it, pretending to explore the world while staying put on our driveway. I am also grateful for my home, where we can safely shelter in place.

5. Acceptance and safety

I’m grateful that despite being considered a minority by some, I feel accepted and safe in my community. I pray that all people can feel this way, wherever they live, and that the violence we see play out so often will come to an end.

6. Habitica

During the pandemic, I discovered the website Habitica, and it has brought so much joy into my life. I’ll write another post dedicated to the website, but for now, if you’ve never heard of it, look it up; you won’t be disappointed. It’s a habit-forming website that makes your real life tasks into a role-playing game. It’s a blast and it’s making me a better person.

 

What are you grateful for during this time?

3 thoughts on “Gratitude Amidst a Pandemic

  1. Hi Mariana,
    A wonderful post to bring into focus things that really matter.
    I am grateful for many of the things you listed.
    Family, it was nice that Heather and Dan were living with us. We loved FaceTiming with the grandkids. We even had a few physical distance visits outside. It was so strange that the children knew to stay back from us. Lots of virtual hugs and kisses. I enjoyed phone calls with Laura, my Aunt and cousin and had weekly FaceTime calls with my friends.
    Walking around our neighbourhood was dining else I spent every morning doing. I walked all over the town and it was a great way to clear my head and get away from the news.
    Reading, I have an ereader that had been downloaded with a lot of books, so while I do love the library it was wonderful to not have to worry about getting any books to read.
    I was also very grateful that we were able to take our 6 week vacation to Southeast Asia at the beginning of the year. We got back home in time without any worries.
    I was also grateful that Uncle Dalton and I are retired so financially we were ok. I was also glad my family were all able to work through the pandemic at home.
    We were of course thrilled to finally be able be with the kiddos and not physical distance. They are our bubble.

    1. Thank you so much for reading and commenting, Aunt Cathy.

      For sure, we have to focus on gratitude to get through these tough times. Because I’m high-risk, we’re not doing social bubbles at the moment. Unfortunately it feels like I may be socially isolating for a long time, especially now that we have an ongoing outbreak (after 2 weeks of no recorded cases, which is really disappointing).

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