Strange Gratitude During Strange Times

Be thankful for weird stuff.

Image for post
Image for post
It’s the little things, like coffee: Photo by wewe yang from Pexels

“For extreme diseases, extreme methods of cure, as to restriction, are most suitable.” — Hippocrates

Whatever you may have thought about the phrase until now, I’d like to suggest it is a reason to hope during trying times. Times, they are a-changin’ as Bob Dylan sings. On that much, hopefully, we can agree.

Start with Things You Usually Don’t Notice

Consider the little things you always thought would be available, but have come to be in short supply. Like toilet paper, paper towels, and peanut butter. For all the times you’ve run to the supermarket to pick up something just because you wanted to or because you could. And for the times you didn’t have to wear a mask to do it.

“So often in life, things that you regard as an impediment turn out to be great, good fortune.” — Ruth Bader Ginsberg

Be Glad for Creature Comforts

Not to go so far as to suggest that generations before us often walked up hills both ways on the way to and from school, but not to stray too far from the idea either. Can you be thankful for perfume or deodorant? How about all the times you woke up in the middle of the night and had to go to the bathroom? Can we be thankful for indoor plumbing? Researchers say creature comforts offer unhealthy adaptations. I look down at the dog at my feet and am grateful for opposable thumbs to open doors, jars, and to lift the toilet seat. Oprah says:

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more.” — Oprah

Thank People You’ll Never Meet (and Some You Have)

Be glad for generations and people who paved the way for the life you have. As hard as life is for you, for us, if you live in a first-world country, you’ve got a relatively charmed life. Pause to think about those who struggled to make life easier. Be glad, if you can for those who have challenged you to think differently. Both the weird people you’ve never met, the ones who challenged the status quo, and the ones who challenge traditional thinking today, who will shape our tomorrow.

“That proves you are unusual,” returned the Scarecrow; “and I am convinced that the only people worthy of consideration in this world are the unusual ones. For the common folks are like the leaves of a tree, and live and die unnoticed.” — L. Frank Baum, The Land of Oz

Gain Self-Awareness

It is easy to get sucked into negativity and its quick downward spiral. When you see abundance and not enough scarcity, you may fall into pessimism. It’s hard to turn off the voice in your head that says you are not worthy. Psychologists say having a growth mindset can make all the difference. Cheers for all the times you’ve not had enough money, motivation, time, energy, or something else altogether and smiled anyway. For every time you failed and found a way to overcome and smile on the other side for what you’ve learned along the way.

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” — Winston Churchill

Look Ahead and Smile

For every time you’ve been down and felt like you couldn’t go on —

“The one thing you can’t take away from me is the way I choose to respond to what you do to me. The last of one’s freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given circumstance.” — Viktor E. Frankl, A Man’s Search for Meaning

Written by

Founder of Publishous. Mom of 2. Helps writers write better. Get my book, Make Money on Medium: Build Your Audience & Grow Your Income: https://amzn.to/2WI48e8

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store