This year, the year of 2020, has been – to put it mildly – the worst year in recent history. World wide 1.39 million souls have been lost. The world economy is bleak, the unemployment rate reached an all time high of 14.7%. We all have been locked inside our homes, we have run out of necessities and contemplated making our own toilet paper. We have lost a lot of people this year, and have had some close calls. Plus depending on who you voted for, either your party lost, or you are waiting for the losing party to step down. So many things – and our governor here in Oregon has cancelled Thanksgiving! What can we be thankful for anyway?

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Oh, the question. 

I personally have so much to be thankful for. Before COVID I was a workaholic, I drove for LYFT; I left home at 3:00 in the morning, and stopped driving at 3:00 in the afternoon. I would go to sleep early, limiting my time home with my family even more – but the money was good. Since I am at high risk, because I have asthma, I stopped driving for LYFT in March.

I really love my new position: Since March, I have been spending every day with my two granddaughters. I have been teaching them things like spanish, teaching my youngest granddaughter to read and observing my oldest granddaughter do distance learning in Kindergarten. My pay isn’t what it used to be, but my investment in my granddaughters will reap fantastic returns.

I have been able to go camping and fishing – before the wildfires here in Oregon. I was able to  spend quality time with my wife – without worrying if I was going to miss out on revenue not driving. 

My family unit is stronger.

Visiting with my two older boys has been great too. I helped my second oldest boy build a play structure for his son’s birthday. I have spent time chatting with my youngest grandson via the computer. 

Spending quality time with my oldest son too, as we try to navigate this time through COVID, and seeing how they have learned to adapt.

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I am grateful for technology. My youngest son is serving in Hawaii, and the only way we can see him is over Facetime. If this pandemic had happened when I was a child, I don’t know how we would have coped; but with technology the way it is, we are able to stay connected to friends and families.

I am grateful for my wife, she has been a rock, and even though she doesn’t understand my compulsion for blogging, and at times she wants to strangle me, because my face is constantly on my computer, she is still my best friend, and the love of my life.

2020 has definitely changed the landscape of our lives. We have all had to adjust to living our lives differently. We have to all wear masks, we have to wait to go into stores – or have people shop for us and deliver our food. We have all had to learn to cook – thank you Tic-Toc, Facebook and Pinterest.

If you have lost someone in your life, I am deeply sorry for the pain you are going through. If you have lost your job, I am sorry for the unrest you must feel, not knowing how you are going to make it through. If you have lost your home, I am sorry that your security that has been taken away. 

This has been a hard year, but please take the time, examine what is left in the ashes of your life, and find something to hang onto to make you thankful. Look up and smile – because this year has not beaten you.

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