As part of my process of keeping positive, I’m focusing on things that I need to be grateful for especially during this time. My mind has this way of doing its own thing so instead of coming up with things I am grateful for, it has led me to jot this short list of things that I used to take for granted. Here’s to hoping you can also see that silver lining and when this pandemic is over, we all emerge as somewhat better versions of ourselves:
𝘏𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘧𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘴 – I’m regretting all the plans I’ve cancelled or refused in the past just because I was too lazy to get dressed and leave the house. Too often I passed on opportunities to get out and mingle and convinced myself because I work a lot, I need to stay home as much as possible. I’m going to ensure that at least once per month I get out and hang with my team. Brunch with Mimosas!
𝘔𝘺 𝘏𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘩 – If it’s one thing this virus is teaching us is the basics of hygienic habits. It’s also reminding us to take care of our bodies and not take it for granted. I’ve actually started working out with this extra time and I am so grateful that my body allows me to do so.
𝘖𝘳𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘥𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 – I never think about how fortunate I am that I can stay in the comfort of my home, feel for a hot, cheesy pizza, turn to my laptop and order one to be delivered directly to me in under an hour! I will never take for granted again my home, my laptop, my wifi, and the ability to afford all of this, as I know that for many these were never a reality.
𝘛𝘳𝘢𝘷𝘦𝘭 – Travelling is my detox – and I try to detox every couple of months. And as much as I know I am fortunate to be able to do so, I have taken for granted the fact that for the past 10 years I’ve always had a trip planned to look forward to and a recent trip I can reminisce about. I am ever so thankful for a job that allows me the flexibility to do so.
𝘏𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘰𝘬𝘦𝘥 𝘮𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘴 – My husband and I eat out or order delivery a lot. However, during this time of quarantine and with a newborn, I am ever so grateful to be with my parents and get a delicious home-cooked meal EVERY day! As much as I miss take-out, nothing compares to meals prepared with love. And I’m learning a couple of new dishes to try out when I do leave this cozy haven and head back to my own abode.
This is a shortlist written at night and by no means is this exhaustive but I hope it has given you something to think about.