Start each day with a grateful heart.
This Thanksgiving, more than ever, those seem important words to consider and then follow.
I’m thankful to my friend Beth Ann, who back in January, before 2020 evolved into the year of COVID-19, gifted me with a daily gratitude journal. It helped me then, and helps me now, to focus on reasons to feel thankful.
A quick look back to the beginning of the year shows a much different gratitude mindset as I wrote of thankfulness for photos of the grandkids, a handwritten letter, a comment from a blog reader that my images of rural Minnesota calm her, time with friends and more.
On March 7, I wrote, “Grateful for another opportunity to spend time with Mom.” I didn’t know it then, but this would mark the last time I stepped inside her care center room, hugged her, kissed her cheek. My heart hurts now every time I think of Mom. It’s an ache that never leaves, that rises sometimes unexpectedly to the surface in raw emotions. But then I reshift my thinking and consider how grateful I am that Mom is still with us, in the care of kind, caring and compassionate individuals who truly value her.
Shortly after that last in-person early March visit, everything changed. There would be no more visits inside the care center. Life as we once knew it changed due to COVID-19. My gratitude journal reflects that as my writing focused more on thankfulness for beautiful days outdoors, for mask mandates, for a stop at a winery, for country drives. And, more recently, for loved ones recovered from COVID-19, for a day that passes without news of another person I know infected with the virus.
In this year 2020, gratitude takes effort. But it’s still there. And this Thanksgiving, more than any, I feel grateful for my health, for my loved ones, for all the blessings that define my days.
Dear readers, I wish you a blessed and joyful Thanksgiving overflowing with gratitude.
© Copyright 2020 Audrey Kletscher Helbling
Wishing you and your family the blessings of the season. We all have much to be grateful for during these uncertain times.
The same to you and your family, Sue. And, yes, there are many reasons to feel grateful during these uncertain times.
And you and yours too.
Thank you, Greg.
Happy Thanksgiving Audrey, to you and yours.
Thank you, Valerie. And the same to you, Gary and your family.
I am grateful for your continued blogs about rural Southern Minnesota. Your support of my blog over the last few years. Audrey- wishing you and your family a safe and healthy Thanksgiving no matter how you spend it! 😊
Thank you, Paula.
Thank you! Have a blessed Thanksgiving
Thank you, Kiandra.
Thank you for your hopeful, caring, and joyful words.
You are welcome, Ken. I always appreciate hearing from you.
Lovely sentiments, Audrey. A blessed and happy Thanksgiving to you.
Thank you, dear Penny.