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Friday, December 11, 2020

I have been of the mindset where I just cannot WAIT for 2020 to be over. My ticker is even counting down the days... 21 more. Yet I think I am making a mistake to think this way. I think that I have just given up on 2020. I have lost my sense of deep gratitude, and that is a quality I have really been proud of myself about over the many years, how grateful I am for all I have. This year, even aside from Covid, has shown me that I have a long way to go in my devotion to God and my realization that millions of others have it SO MUCH WORSE than I do... and are reacting to that so much better.

So here is my little pep talk for today, to myself, and to whomever else has given up on 2020.

Let's go out STRONG. Let's take these last three weeks and spend every day acknowledging ALL we have to be grateful for. It can be the smallest thing, like that first cup of coffee in the morning that smells so yummy. The warm shower. The text that brightens your day. The mere fact that we are still alive and breathing.

I think that for me, the worst part about masking during this pandemic is that we don't see smiles anymore. I miss that with ALL of my heart. Things will get better. We have to allow good sense and optimism to push us forward... not in a rush, but day by day. It's all we can do.

This holiday season WILL be different. But I am going to enjoy it and be grateful for it. 'Tis the season to be grateful. And I am grateful, for all of you.

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  • ONEBLUEMOON
    emoticon 🙏🏻 emoticon and joy! Wishing you blessings big and small, dear emoticon Sue!
    149 days ago
  • FRANKIE2019
    You are so right. We have so much to be thankful for each day.
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    154 days ago
  • BROOKLYN_BORN
    I read a blog that included

    "Let's make the rest of the year, the best of the year"

    I remember that we I get discouraged.

    Hang in there!
    155 days ago
  • BUTTONPOPPER1
    Yes--that first cup of coffee in the morning--I mean, what could be more wonderful? And the way the sheets feel when I get into my futon at night, and the fact that there is enough food in the fridge, and that I like my house and that I HAVE a house. I could make a very long list of what I'm grateful for, but it's true that we sometimes get into a bad mood, or feel unwell, or develop tunnel vision and forget that there is so much to be grateful for. We often need reminders.

    Grateful for YOU, too, dear Sue!
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    155 days ago
  • REMBRY
    well said my dear ..
    from out of the darkness arises the amazing sun .. the light .. the hope .. the truth and the way ..
    I belong to a group that is exchanging Christmas cards world wide .. " Holiday Light Mail" .. creating an invisible network amazing God filled energy to encompass the earth and all God's people .. restore health .. peace .. hope and love ..
    sending out love to all .. love is never lost .. never .. it will always find someone to be blessed by it ..

    I send my light and love to you .. as we combine energies to help God with the work required to restore .. during the time of his son's birthday .. and in to the New Year ..
    huge love filled hugs .. blessings to you and yours


    156 days ago
  • MAREE1953
    Agree wholeheartedly!!
    156 days ago
  • ROSEWCI
    There’s been so many disappointments & some heartache in 2020, that’s for sure! And there are things that I’m grateful for. My philosophy of life is to just keep moving forward...so that’s what I’m gonna do. Looking forward to many good things happening in 2021! All my grandchildren are graduating next year...twins from college & youngest from high school. Hubby & I have our 50th high school reunion to look forward to. And we’ve got a trip to Italy that was cancelled this year & rescheduled for 2021. So, all in all...lots to look forward to! We will be alright!
    156 days ago
  • _BABE_
    Thanks for this message. I needed to hear this today.
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    156 days ago
  • WATERMELLEN
    Smiling eyes above the masks -- I do see those smiling eyes!! So many people trying hard to do the best they can . . . to make connections. In all the ways that are still possible.
    156 days ago
  • CHRISTINEBWD
    A wonderful holiday message that we can all appreciate! Thanks for the reminder! emoticon emoticon
    156 days ago
  • 2BDYNAMIC
    I do hear you---and yes, even feel the pain, experienced by all of us. I have to look back and be glad for my first book got published in January of 2020---and my second got finished in the latter part of this year. It was hard, no doubt. My DH lost his job early March so this has been a transition for the both of us. I also know what you mean and miss with mask wearing. Today I had a doctors appointment .... and behind the masks, I could not really see his expression..... I could only see the empathy in his eyes. And that was a lot! ... But it is hard to read someone when just our eyes are poking out. .... I do like what 1crazydog had to say too .... It has been tough, and don't want to wish it forward----Not even knowing that 2021 will be any better. I am not holding my breath----do not mean to be negative, but I think I am trying to be realistic and not set myself up for disappointment. I am unable to find peace within a world of turmoil and confusion; therefore, I find it within and in our little cozy world--where we can have peace and quite and tune out as much as possible. .... (I also have the countdown on my ticker too until the end of this year) .....
    157 days ago
  • ALEXSGIRL1
    this year had taught it the litte things that count the most so grateful for everything emoticon
    157 days ago
  • MORTICIAADDAMS
    I am grateful to spend another Christmas with my husband and that I am strong enough to take care of him. Hugs to you and a prayer for a wonderful holiday. You deserve it!!
    157 days ago
  • 7STIGGYMT
    Stay positive, even when it's hard.
    157 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    Well said! On one hand I wished 2020 would vanish, BUT I am not willing to wish away days on this side of the earth w/my family and friends . . . yes, isolating right now, but this will not be forever. Other ways to stay in touch have been utilized, so all is not 'lost'.

    Definitely daily reminders of all I have to be grateful for are helping!

    HUGS
    157 days ago
  • LORI-K
    Stay positive. As bad as 2020 has been for everyone, we have to believe that this too shall pass, and better times are ahead.
    Hugs. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.
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    157 days ago
  • RREDFORD5
    This is so well-spoken! It happens to many of us, I believe; I catch myself sighing about something, and immediately my guardian angel pokes my shoulder to remind me I could be much worse off. She did that whlie I was pregnant, too; 10 months of discomfort and waiting, but I could've been pregnant in a country of famine, or any number of other bad things. The habit of looking for good in my immediate situation was born then, and it sure helps. Now we have this excellent blog to help, too! Hey... was that you poking me this morning when Corky jumped out of the car at the grocery store... ? emoticon emoticon
    157 days ago
  • GODS-PRINCESS
    I honestly look back on 2020 and see so much positive, For me my son graduated from college, he got his 1st job, he is in the process of buying his 1st house. It's been hard but there are blessings when you look for them! 2021 isn't going to be much different until maybe this summer which is still 6-8 months away.
    157 days ago
  • SERENASEA
    An inspiring message, and a timely one for so many of us. Thank you.
    157 days ago
  • SPARKLE-IT
    Gosh, how well you put some of my thoughts into words. Is it crazy that I feel some comfort in knowing others have these same feelings. I think it causes me to pray more and that's always a good thing. So not to worry. One day at a time.

    I know God will never forsake us so we need to relax and trust in Him and thank Him for and enjoy our many blessings. So, thank You Lord.

    Have a Blessed and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


    157 days ago
  • MARINEMAMA
    Yes enjoy it no matter ;). It’s going to get better ;)
    157 days ago
  • LOPEYP
    Ahhh. I agree. A true smile shows in the eyes though. Hold on, my friend. There is an end to this madness in our future.
    157 days ago
  • NEW-CAZ
    emoticon finish on a high note!!
    157 days ago
  • JOHNMARTINMILES
    Awright!

    Make today the greatest day of your life
    Until tomorrow!

    “The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.” ~ Burton Hillis
    157 days ago
  • MISSUSRIVERRAT
    Yes. You are so right !!
    157 days ago
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