Often we find ourselves complaining and agonising over certain situations in our lives and even more so now due to the global pandemic. However, I am a firm believer that in difficult situations, we sometimes need to stop looking so inwardly, but instead outwardly at all the things that we CAN and SHOULD be grateful for. So in this article, I am going to be listing 6 things to be thankful for during this holiday season, and in the midst of this pandemic.
1) Your Family
If you have a family that you are close to or always know are there for you then you should feel very thankful, especially if you can spend the holidays, or any days, with them. There are many people in the world that do not have their parents or close family to celebrate the holidays with, especially during these uncertain times, and so it is a truly amazing thing that you can and you should feel very grateful for this.
2) Your Stability
When I think of all the people who have lost their jobs and incomes during the COVID-19 pandemic, I personally feel an immense amount of gratitude to God for the stability he has given me and my family. If you are fortunate enough to have kept your job or your income, or if you have parents whose jobs and careers are stable enough to support you, then my friend, you’re a lucky one!
3) Your Health
Again, most of us (especially us young people) take this for granted because we are generally in good health, but think of a time you have ever been sick and how eager you were to get better again! There are people out there who are currently suffering and fighting battles with cancer, diabetes, depression and mental health disorders. Because of this, I personally feel very fortunate to have my health, and I praise God for it! So if you are lucky enough to have your health, then you should jump for joy, especially in the midst of this pandemic.
4) The Roof Over Your Head
If you have a roof over your head, warm blankets and a cosy bed during this holiday season, then I urge you to be thankful for it, especially in thinking of the homeless people who do not have the same luxury afforded to you.
5) Your Education
Did you know that only about 46% of the people in the world can be categorised as educated adults? And that only about 7% of people have college degrees? If you are one of the 46%, or even still the 7%, who is educated or on route towards your degree, then be thankful because you have the opportunity that most people only dream of. Not only do you ave the opportunity to broaden your understanding, but you have the opportunity to improve your quality of life significantly. The sky is the limit for you, so be thankful.
6) Your Life
If you woke up today and you’re still breathing, then you get to have another day, another opportunity to get things right, another chance to turn things around and make the most of the opportunities you have been given. So if you are one of the blessed few to have been awoken this morning, I urge you, be thankful for your life.