Like myself, many of you over the past several weeks have had much time to reflect on your lives over the years no matter what your age may be. Perhaps you have relived many memories from your childhood, teen years, raising children, walking them down the aisle, welcoming their children into the world and on it goes.
Thank God for these memories, most importantly, these gifts. This leads me to my next thought I wish to share. Through this pandemic, it gives us pause to reflect on the truly important chapters of our lives and set new goals regarding the precious gift of time. Then along comes "Gratitude" in a new wave. We live in a fast pace world that now suddenly settled down, almost bewildering us not knowing what to do next. It has created a new sensitivity, one that allows us to listen more closely to those most important in our lives, listen tot the meaning in the words of our favorite music and listen more closely to our own thoughts and aspirations.
While we are safe in our homes, plenty of food to eat, completing many projects we couldn't find the time to complete, reading a good book and enjoying "time to reflect", along comes the "Gratitude." This is not to say it has not been difficult by any means. God bless all of our front line workers from the medical field to the clerks in our grocery stores, the many parents home schooling, many of them working from home as well, the children unable to be with their friends, the elderly feeling more lonely than ever and for everyone in this world longing to be sharing time with their families.
As I have scrolled through Facebook the past several days, I have enjoyed many funny posts that bring a smile to my face, have also read some that I no longer wish to dwell on, but on word seemed to pop up often and caught my attention. And that was "Gratitude." There are many prayers posted regarding "Gratitude." I once read, gratitude helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals– whether to other people, nature, or a higher power.
Many have lost loved ones recently. When we lose a loved one, it is the loving memories shared that guide us through this journey, as we relive them through our sadness but hopefully, they become our solitude, our acceptance. Then in time comes the "Gratitude", that we were so blessed to have them in our lives.
I am ever so "Grateful" for our strong community of hard working, caring individuals fighting the unknown and believing along the way we will come out on top, together.