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2020 Really Tried To Take My Joy

Photo: Felicia T. Simpson

2020 has really tried me this year. I mean really. This year has been the year from hell. You lived through it too, so I don't need to remind you of the losses and disappointments we endured.

I think the final straw was how my Christmas plans had to change. Because of that stupid virus we were not able to have the Christmas that we planned. We were in quarantine. Everyone assigned to their room. No matching pajamas. No Uno. No family dinner.

I could have gotten angry, but what would that change? it is what it is. So instead I looked for the good in the situation. You see, I don't dwell in negativity.. I would rather find the good, the light, the positive.

So yes, 2020 tried. With all of the cancellations, closures, deaths, etc. But I choose to find the light in it all by living in gratitude. When you live in gratitude you appreciate the things you have. No matter how small. You find something to be thankful for.. Here are just a few things I am grateful for.

  1. Our offices have been closed since March 2020.But I didn't miss a day of work. I have been working remotely. So no coming out in the freezing cold Chicago weather. Cleaning the snow off the car last year. But working from the warm comfort of my home. 2020 you tried.

  2. I found out during the months of being alone in quarantine that I am stronger than I think. 2020 you did not win.

  3. Covid struck some of my close family and friends. They all recovered. 2020 you did not win.

  4. Even in quarantine, I had speaking opportunities and interviews. 2020 you did not win.

I don't know how much longer we will have to live our lives in quarantine, but for however long we have I will continue to look for the little things to be grateful for. Below see a list of the things I do to practice gratitude daily.

Ways to have more gratitude in your life

  1. Don't be picky. Appreciate everything

  2. Find gratitude in your challenges

  3. Keep a gratitude journal

  4. Spend time with loved ones

  5. Spend time in prayer and meditation

Yes, it can be a challenge. The losses can be painful. But even in it all. Look for the one small thing that you can be grateful for. And then be grateful!!!

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