The COVID-19 pandemic has been consequential to say the least. In addition to a staggering death toll, it has brought disruption to all of us. And yet, that very disruption offers the opportunity to reflect on our everyday lives.
As Thanksgiving approaches in the U.S., are there things that you are grateful for due to the pandemic?
There are many possibilities. In-person Thanksgiving gatherings were discouraged last year, so the simple fact of seeing family for the holiday may take on a new-found appreciation.
If you have not had COVID, you may be thankful for your health; if you have had it, you may be thankful to have survived.
You may be grateful for the vaccine and the scientists who produced it so quickly, which has allowed safer in-person celebrations this year.
Listen to a podcast where Michael and Lee discuss the related question: ‘How do you show thanks?’ We also discuss a bonus question: ‘What book has had the biggest impact on you?’
Health care workers have been under remarkable stresses over the last year and a half, and continue to be even now. Giving thanks to them would not be unreasonable.
Nor would it be unreasonable to be grateful for the teachers, who between quickly adopting to teaching remotely to dealing with rapidly changing safety protocols and helping sometimes traumatized children and teens.
Other essential workers, including the people who grow, pick, ship, and sell the food we consume on Thanksgiving day deserve appreciation.
Will any of these groups get a special nod from you on Thursday? What other groups have been left out? Other than people, what else merits attention?
On this Thanksgiving, are there any new things you are grateful for, that have come about or been highlighted due to the pandemic?
Related questions: What are you grateful for? How are you going to celebrate Thanksgiving this year? Are there unexpected benefits to what we are going through? What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition?