Gratitude Monday in a pandemic

Yes, I know how fortunate I am during this horrendous time in world history. I know there are those who are suffering in more ways than we can count, losing loved ones, jobs, homes. There are those who are lonely, who feel abandoned due to the inability to connect with friends and family. Three days a week I look into the eyes of children who would really like to physically connect with me and my puppets instead of seeing me on a screen. The lines for food get longer and longer. There is, indeed, much grief and sadness in the world.

Again I say, I am fortunate. I have good health and a warm home. Plenty of good food. More books than I have time to read. I can still come and go from my home as all the businesses I use are open and protocols are in place, and we know I have enough masks to wear. I have all the technology that keeps me connected to so many. During this dark period in history I have maintained an upbeat attitude because I am grateful for so many blessings. I know there are others who cannot do that. Or, in some cases, won’t do that.

I see privilege all around me. Those with far more blessings than me, yet they complain about what we are going through. They are put out that they can’t travel on ships and planes. They cannot visit exotic locales. They cannot eat in fabulous restaurants or go to movies or plays in luxurious theaters. Churches are closed for the time being, and to hear some I know, you would think they will never open again. They act as if this is a personal affront to them. As an aside here, one person I know who has screamed bloody murder about the churches staying open didn’t go to church for decades.

I am grateful for all that I have and look forward to the COVID vaccines arriving around the country today. This will be a day that goes down in history. To think, the science that has gone into getting these vaccines developed and the technology in getting them delivered. It boggles my simple mind. It makes me glad that I’m not in charge. I’m just grateful.

8 responses to “Gratitude Monday in a pandemic

  1. I am also filled with gratitude for the vaccine, and others to follow soon. It’s definitely a great day, and I am thrilled for all the front-line workers who will no longer have to wonder if they will survive the pandemic. I am also very fortunate, and grateful for the continued good will of so many of my fellow Americans. I hope everyone feels okay taking the vaccine. I’ll be getting it sometime in the next few months, I suspect. 🙂

  2. And AMEN again!

  3. We are blessed beyond measure.

  4. Tiny, slight sprinkles here. That’s all.
    Yes I am hooked on gratitude. I will join your chorus. Amen.

  5. I have been grateful during this whole time. Sometimes overly grateful that there are functions (that I didn’t want to go to) that I can’t attend. HAH!
    Your Christmas card was much appreciated. XX OO

  6. Me too DKZ, so few cases here but the economic viability is declining for so many and there is much poverty and food bank usage. I do believe we have to reinvent this world we have created as there is such unbelievable (and obscene) disparity.

  7. I agree with you 100% My mother who went through a war with starvation, violence, deprivation can’t understand people who go nuts just because they are told to wear a mask. I agree we have to count our blessings and do all we can to help others.

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