In these times of overwhelm and uncertainty, it may seem counter-intuitive to feel grateful for anything. But the truth is, no matter what happens with this pandemic, there is still more right than wrong with the world. Gratitude helps us keep a perspective to make space for hope, calm, and peace, which I know I need right now and maybe you do, too.
I spoke with my nephew over the weekend who is a police officer and married to an emergency room nurse. While their work scope has changed drastically in the last couple of weeks and continues to do so, they both had really great outlooks. He told me they feel very fortunate to be in positions to serve and not be affected financially as they will always have work to go to, unlike many of their friends. In spite of the frustration, fear, and exposure they face on the front lines, they choose to focus on gratitude.
Whether or not you work in healthcare or law enforcement, studies show gratitude has many benefits, including improving our immune system, overall sense of well-being, and resilience.
Start your day with three things you are grateful for and notice if your day changes because you do.
Today, I am grateful for:
- My work to serve others
- A sunny day
- My Golden Retriever, Gabriel