Things to be grateful for in 2020


While 2020 has been a very difficult year for all of us, I have learned that taking the time to make a gratitude list is always helpful.

Many years ago, I was complaining about things that I felt were not going my way and an older and wiser person said to me, “What are you grateful for? Why don’t you try making a list?”. So, I tried it and found that I could not feel sorry for myself and think of gratitude at the same time.

I am grateful that:

  • Scientists has developed a vaccine for COVID-19 in an extremely short time.
  • The internet allows us to find answers to questions in seconds that, as recently as twenty years ago, would have taken hours if not days to research.
  • In these days of lockdowns and limited social interaction we can easily keep in touch with others through Zoom, WebEx, Facetime and Skype with minimal cost and difficulty.
  • I have a Kindle, filled with more books than I can read but I keep trying.
  • I have space at home that allows me to do my work.
  • Nancy and I live with our beloved Tanner, so we never feel lonely.
  • We live where we can go for long walks and enjoy the outdoors.
  • Our children and grandchildren are a wonderful part of our life.
  • I hope that everyone has something to be grateful for in these troubled days, and that 2021 brings you much joy.


Hilliard MacBeth


P.S. Tanner is grateful too, but he still wants a treat!



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