A few things that bring me joy and gratitude this morning: Christmas Tree at Sunrise.Vanilla Carmel coffee.Morning breathing exercise. Three new ornaments for my tree, made with love by my sister @judnickhalley, and the Russian Tea Cake Cookies sent by mom (all arrived in a box of thoughtful gifts last night).
I won’t lie. I’ve been on the “Struggle Bus” since mid-October. I’m not discounting moments of joy and peace. I hold them close to my heart to keep me moving forward.
This has been a very tough year.
My husband’s work is in shutdown (unemployment) for the second time this year. 15 is struggling to keep up with school, participate in clubs, and (sigh) learning to drive. All with social distancing that means only video chats with friends.
My job in Home Health Care has been extremely stressful due to COVID regulations and trying to get 60+ Caregivers on-board with weekly testing (semi-successful) and wearing PPE (slightly more successful). Then add in those who get sick (COVID or just the common cold, stomach bug), those that have small children and are struggling with childcare, school-age children stuck in home learning (because God-forbid ALL towns run on the same plan or schedule), and just everyday catastrophe: car accidents, a slip & fall, a health concern that takes a bad turn… you get the picture.
Then there are our vulnerable clients, constantly worried whether having the help they need is going to cause their demise! It’s not a small concern, for most of our clients, their contact with the outside world comes in the form of our non-medical home caregivers, nurses,and physical therapists. Any number of persons or companies they rely on for their quality of life.
This is STRESSFUL.
I want to do better at LETTING GO of things I can’t control. I am having a hard time with this concept, which feels like it’s in direct conflict with the seriousness of my job.
If you have a stressful job and have been successful at doing your daily best and letting the rest go,I desperately need to HEAR from YOU!!!
I know this year has been a challenge and a trial for all of us. COVID-19, Politics, Protests, communities (friends and family) being torn apart by differences in opinion and beliefs… 2020 has been a rough road all the way.
Wherever you are, in the USA or abroad, I pray for you. I send healing and love to sooth our tired souls and weary hearts. I send thoughts of healing and peace, gratitude and love. May these “vibes,” “thought,” and “prayers” find you in your struggle and give you strength to keep up the good fight: loving yourself and others, supporting your community in healing, sharing the grief of loss and hope for better times ahead.
That said, I turn my thoughts to Thankfulness, for it is in gratitude that I find my strengths keep going ❤️.
Things I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving 2020:
A warm home
My little family of 3
All the Thanksgiving Greetings received from friends and family
Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner with my daughter & enjoying being part of some of her “Firsts” First Pie (pumpkin) made by herself. First Apple Crisp (made w/no help from me). First time making her Great-Grandmother’s Mac & Cheese. First time prepping and seasoning a Turkey.
Quiet homemade Thanksgiving dinner at home, just us ❤️
A fun day staying home and enjoying each other’s company
Zoom call with my family: brothers, sisters, mom, nieces & nephews… all living far away from us, and still joining together to share the holiday.
Watching Christmas Chronicles: Part 2 (we loved #1)
Feeling creative again and relaxed enough on doodle.
Feeling some peace for the first time since March.
Wow! The world may be CRAZY in 2020, but there are still pockets of JOY to be found!
You should ALWAYS exercise your civil right and civil duty to Vote!
We, in the USA, are BLESSED, to have the honor and the right to vote for the officials that run our communities, our States, and our Country!
Last year I chose NOT to vote in the Presidential Election. I DID VOTE, Though! I VOTED for my Community and State officials.
This year, I chose to vote in the Presidential Election AND my Local and State Elections.
Whatever your political views, exercise your right to VOTE. It is a gift and a privilege that many around the world do not have.
Use your personal power and responsibility wisely.
Always remember: your voice (vote) has the BIGGEST IMPACT close to HOME. Even if you don’t like politics (I don’t), Voting is a person power you have to determine how your community is run: how your city or town is maintained, the amount of taxes you pay, the quality of your schools, whether new business come to your town or old ones close up shop. These are all affected by HOW YOU VOTE.