I know that 2020 has been a year of challenges for all of us. However, I've altered my psyche to focus on the positivity that surrounds me rather than the negativity. Yes, the year of COVID has altered our Universe; but it hasn't been all bad.
These are the things that I celebrate as we conclude 2020:
1) I have been able to telecommute without interruption to my job.
2) My dad was able to celebrate his 88th birthday; and those of us who love him were afforded the privilege of celebrating with him before the country shut down - just barely.
3) My brother was blessed with the opportunity to stay with Dad, work remotely from Logansport, Indiana, and develop an enhanced relationship that is rewarding for both of them;
4) Dad's neighbor Scott became part of the family and provides an additional layer of love and support for our beloved father.
5) My business unit at work re-organized yet again; however, I was fortunate to be assigned to a work group of dynamic, enjoyable, like minded co-workers that helped me assimilate to a new role.
6) My beloved husband found a role that he loves, that fulfills him, and gives him an opportunity to shine.
7) Although I tend to be an introvert (despite what outsiders think), I've been able to enhance select friendships with my small cadre of friends throughout COVID.
8) Solitude afforded me the chance to indulge in my favorite pastimes - reading and drinking wine.
9) Rappahannock Vineyards offered free shipping for orders.
10) Zoom mediations & WebEx Meetings revolutionized my world.
11) I realized on my 61st birthday that retirement is just a few years away.
12) Regular short trips to Indiana gave me an opportunity to spend quality time with my Dad and brother.
13) I let go of resentments.
14) Investigation Discovery is the gift that keeps on giving - murder - 24/7 - 365......who knew how many horrific acts have been perpetrated on innocent victims. This gives me a greater sense of gratitude for my good fortune.
15) I have friends that have lost loved one due to COVID. My heart aches for them.
16) Downsizing. Rightsizing. A focus on the future. Fewer better. What do I want in my life moving forward? Critical thinking for the next stage of life approaching.
17) Gratitude that my sister is still keeping a positive outlook as she deals with deteriorating health from lupus.
18) Celebrating that despite the political turmoil in the USA, the founders got it right. The republic will survive in spite of the media and partisan politicians.
19) I don't miss business travel.
20) Professional sports - eh....
21) Movie theaters.....who cares? I can stream fabulous shows on my wall size Samsung TV from numerous sources!
22) Shopping online works for me. Now...if only a drone could deliver my Costco and wine shopping!
23) It is possible to wear the same cashmere jogger outfit everyday for a week and just change the scarf around my neck and nobody on Zoom will know.
24) Eating in restaurants during COVID is no fun. Outdoor dining in tents - no ambiance.
25) The state and federal governments became giddy with power and abused it to the point of near totalitarianism which violates the Constitution. States controlled by Democrats were the most oppressed. I hope there is a backlash in 2022.
26) Thinking back to the angst over Y2K is amusing. A debacle that did not materialize.
27) The cancel culture must be cancelled. We do not need a modern Bonfire of the Vanities. Read history. Learn from it. Even if the language is not politically correct.
28) COVID is not the worst thing that has ever happened. Anybody who thinks such has never studied the history of the world. This is a blip. Recall that before penicillin people died when pricked by the thorn of a rosebush.
29) Life is happier and less stressful without social media and television news. Unplug. Read a book. Watch Netflix.
30) Live a life of gratitude. Thank the universe for what you have. Understand that we Americans, even those who feel oppressed, have it better than the rest of the world. Stop complaining. Do the next right thing. Quit casting aspersions against others. Look for common ground instead of differences. Embrace the progress that has been made rather than focusing on what has yet to be accomplished. Look to 2021 with optimism for a new opportunity. Everyday is a new chance to be all that you can be.