As I take this opportunity to reflect on 2021, there is one word that resonates with me, “gratitude”. In early January, my family and me battled Covid-19 and we thankfully experienced mild to moderate symptoms. My elderly father who has multiple preexisting illnesses made it through without much trouble at all. At that time, I had no idea that this experience would set the tone for the rest of the year. Through all of the challenges, difficulties, and circumstances, God was by our side and helped us remain strong.
Don’t get me wrong, 2021 was not all bad. There were many celebrations, blessings, and new opportunities. However, as our society continues to navigate through our continuous reality of Covid-19 and its variants, there are many families who have lost loved ones this year including mine. Grief is impacting many individuals during this holiday season. The healthcare first responders are emotionally, mentally, and physically exhausted and I truly respect their dedication and responsibility to our wellbeing. We must show empathy, support, and encourage one another through the good and bad times.
As we enter a new year and embark on an unknown journey, I hope that you take time to be grateful for the little things in your life. Don’t take anyone for granted, be intentional and spend quality time with the people who are important to you. Furthermore, prioritize yourself and take care of your physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional wellness. Start each day by reflecting on three things that you are thankful for and before you go to sleep think of two accomplishments of your day. Tomorrow
is not promised, but we can choose to make the best of each new day given.
“Start each day with a positive thought and a grateful heart”.