Thankful for 2020

Today we celebrate Thanksgiving, a tradition that has been running since 1621 when the pilgrims had their dinner with the Native Americans. It became a tradition that grew, and in recent times, it has turned into a family day with turkey, football, beer, games, and warming up for the Black Friday shopping spree.

It is as if we use Thanksgiving to fuel up on energy to survive the mayhem that ensues the next day. We eat, smile, laugh, and relax, charging our internal batteries to fight off the stress and overly eager (and hostile) shopping that turns most sensible people into a charging mob of frenzy.

We all thought 2020 was going to be another special year spent traveling and realizing dreams. It did not turn out to be the year to remember for achievements.

2020 turned out to be the year where we learned to appreciate everything we have right now in our lives.

Despite the horrors of COVID-19 and all that followed in its path, it has brought us closer together as families, learning to look and interact with what is in front of us.

This year, I have loved to nurture family relations back home and reconnect with close childhood friends. I’m thankful for new friendships that have bloomed and how much I have matured in my professional life.

I’m grateful for my family at home and how my kids have handled the lockdowns and virtual schooling. While not ideal and a huge risk to their educational outcomes, they are pushing boundaries and excelling. Their determination to learn is amazing, and they do it at their own pace and have moved ahead of many of their classmates.

My wife is phenomenal. She works 100% remote (from home) and assists the kids with technology issues, as I have to be at the office.

My company helps the local tremendously with healthcare, COVD testing, food programs, awareness, and fundraising. It is amazing to be part of this.

2020 might have been a shit year, it has produced a lot of great memories.

I feel sorry for all the families that have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. Too many people have lost their lives, lost jobs, lost money, lost possessions, and lost memories.

It allows the rest of us to step up and help out. We need to help our community and neighbors. Now is not the time to think about possessions and ensure that people do not suffer mental illnesses due to these lockdowns.

2020 turned out to be the year where we learned to appreciate everything we have right now in our lives.

When you sit down to enjoy your meal, take a few minutes to pray for the future, for your neighbors, family, and friends. As a community, we will get through these obstacles. It will change and shape how we live, but it has to be turned to a positive, and not only the negative.

Thank You!

Take a fee minutes to listen to Zac Brown Band’s positive and happy lyrics.

Knee deep in the water somewhere
Got the blue sky breeze blowing wind through my hair
Only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair
Sunrise there's a fire in the sky
Never been so happy
Never felt so high
And I think I might have found me my own kind of paradise

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