Posted on July 15, 2020



All the news is depressing, let’s face it. While one can’t crawl into a cave and be immune from all that is going on the world, there has got to be a better way.

I think I’ve found it.

I try to get out and walk everyday. I try to take in my surroundings and really notice every little thing. I’ve also started practicing gratitude. While I’m out walking, I mentally go through all the things I am grateful for. By focusing on what you DO have, rather than what you DON’T, your whole attitude changes.

Here is a partial list of what I am grateful for:

* First and foremost, my health and Mr. Ken’s health.

Both Ken and I have been very, very diligent about staying home and only going out when absolutely necessary. We also wear masks and wash our hands frequently. Yes, this is getting really old, but it is working.

My little aches and pains are nothing compared to what those poor souls with COVID are facing.

* Living in a state like Massachusetts that takes COVID seriously.

We were considered a hot spot a few months ago, but now we are held up as a model as to how a state should reopen, gradually and keeping a close eye on the data. Oh, and did I mention that most people wear masks?

* My neighborhood.

I am so blessed to be living in a nice neighborhood, with plenty of trees and sidewalks. It is a pleasure to walk around here.

* My friends.

Sure it is tough not to see people in person, but there is always email and phone calls. We amuse each other by trading stories about “our life in the Pandemic.”

* My evolving attitude about this whole situation.

Sadly, we had to cancel three vacation trips because of the Pandemic. Sure, I am disappointed. I would love more than anything to get away for a little while. But, I keep saying to myself, “if this is my worst problem, than I am still truly blessed.”

This is only a small portion of what I am grateful for. So, what about you? What are you grateful for today?

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