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November a Time of Thanksgiving
Guest Writer: Stasea Austin
November is a busy month: National Diabetes Month, Thanksgiving, and even my birthday. So, it was difficult for me to decide what to focus on for this blog. To sum up, the state of 2020 thus far, has been rough. Rough, in what way you may ask? I am glad you asked. To begin, 2020 threw us many curveballs. We started with bright and hopeful anticipation for a wonderful 2020, but many had not even given up on their new year’s resolution when COVID reared its ugly head. Rough in the state of the unrest, upheavals, stock market roller coasters, economic unrest, and unemployment seen across the nation. Even more frightening are the many lives lost and those continuing to succumb to this dreadful virus. It has been a terrifying time when young and old questioned their mortality, and we all had more questions than answers. For instance, one might have asked, why did we need anything but pajamas in our closets? Why do we need to pay for a car which has been parked for months? Worst yet, why pay insurance on the parked car since there is not a possibility of a wreck in a locked garage? Why did we built massive office buildings, churches, mosques, temples, etc. when they now sit empty as many are locked in their homes? These and many other questions remain unanswered as we struggle to find our feet again. Our new normal is almost surreal with masks gloves, sanitizers, and face shields. Dare cough or sneeze in public and the look of disbelief on faces as people move away from you is almost laughable if it were not a serious issue. Many Americans, my family included lost family members to COVID. Death has been a constant companion for all of us as we watched the news or tried to visit the sick and dying. An unprecedented year!
But, despite the pandemic, losses to COVID, the elections, and more; there is still room to be thankful. I have been working throughout the pandemic as a Flight Attendant and I am beyond thankful that I have remained well. I am alive, as are you. I have my health, my family, and a job, and blessings still flow forth, despite the difficulties. Given the year, we have had, we have a lot to be thankful for! A practice my mother continues to recommend is that each night before retiring for the night, that I find one new thing to be thankful for. Try it and soon you will realize that a heart of gratitude leaves no room for complaints.
So, let us remain vigilant in keeping ourselves and our loved ones safe and sound and remember to be thankful for all that we have. On this Thanksgiving, also try to examine your well-being and search to ensure that you have no unforgiveness in your heart. If you do, work to let it go, so that you can be free. In the meantime, be grateful, be thankful, and stay safe.
Please share with us what you are thankful for this Thanksgiving.
Until next time,