Thanksgiving is upon us and may look very different for most families this year. Let’s be honest, 2020 has been a very challenging year. Even so, there is much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. 

With all we have to worry about during this pandemic, stress is added as many families are torn between normalcy and caution. COVID-19 continues to affect our everyday lives. Although it’s hard for many people, others are enjoying the new “pace” to life.  COVID-19 forced the world to slow down and for most of us to spend more time at home. Social distancing means staying safe and staying close to our immediate family members. This time has brought most families together and closer than ever before. A global pandemic made us all take a hard look at our lives and consider what matters to us most.  It was, and still is, a time to be grateful for what we have and who we have in our lives.

This Thanksgiving, I have a lot to be thankful and am trying to live life through a new lens. Even with the stress of the uncertainty we face, I have learned to value taking walks, getting out in nature, and the chance to speak and engage with my family and friends – even if it is over Facetime, Zoom or the phone. I am thankful that that we have come together as a community to help lift each other up. I am grateful to everyone who has made a difference in my life.   

I don’t know what the next few months will look like, or how holidays will be celebrated, but I will be thankful that we have the opportunity to continue to reflect and give thanks for the joys, large and small, that we have.