The last quarter of 2020 was not a happy time at the Buckley house. We saw 2 quarantines, 1 positive COVID-19 test and 28 collective absences from school. We missed people, events, and activities and I learned that in prolonged isolation, I can be a truly unpleasant person. Thankfully, my family still loves me and together we are looking forward to the new year with cautious optimism, but I am not going to make resolutions. Instead, I am going to borrow the idea of a blogger I like who has made it her custom each January, to choose one word that will serve as her guide and encompass her goals for how she hopes to live out that year. For myself this year, I have decided my word will be gratitude.
2020 has left many of us the worse for wear. Some are grieving loss or living in fear for their health or the health of those they love. Many are facing financial struggles and the grappling with the new and constant uncertainty this past year has introduced us to. Even so, as Christians, we are called to be grateful, for everything, in every circumstance. And this is to our benefit.
Thankfulness, it appears, is good for us. An article from Forbes entitled, "7 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Gratitude That Will Motivate You to Give Thanks Year-Round," goes on to list better sleep, better mental and physical health, increased empathy and self-esteem and more numerous and improved relationships as the return for living a life of gratitude. Dennis Prager also has thoughts on gratitude and in one of his fire-side chats is quoted as saying, "The mother of happiness is gratitude, and the mother of goodness is gratitude. In fact, that, in many ways, is what links happiness with goodness. It's so powerful, gratitude, that it is not possible to be happy if you are not grateful and it is not possible to be a good person."
Please accept my best wishes for you and yours this year and wish me well as I endeavor to become a better, happier, and ultimately more grateful person in 2021.
"And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him". Colossians 3:17