As we reach the one year mark of the pandemic, our emotions may be varied but the loss universal. Out of grief and longing come unlikely gifts.
We’ve all experienced and dealt with the last year uniquely. Some faired better than others, some struggled with tangible and intangible challenges, while others may even have thrived.
Our one collective experience is that we all can choose to discover these gifts. By identifying then holding on to them, we can find some meaning.
From prioritizing what truly matters, to creating much needed boundaries. By communicating vulnerably and making more mindful choices. This global experience has allowed us space to find compassion, identify allies, discover our inner strengths and accept weaknesses.
It has forced us to look inside, face fears and live more acutely, whether we wanted to or not. Not easy, but a gift nonetheless.
There have been and continue to be so many opportunities to find those little sparks of hope and growth. To lend a hand, open our hearts and share kind words. To listen, support and honor our needs and those of others.
Today, identify some gifts you’ve experienced. Write them down and make an intentional commitment to hang on to them. Find ways to keep those presents in your life so that you can make light of the darkness.