Several Trinity folk and friends share what they are grateful for.
A song for the day ... The Older I Get, by Alan Jackson (YouTube video)
For the opportunity to be with family & friends... albeit from a safe distance
For those who have and continued to follow guidelines to help all of us keep well and to help stop the spread of Covid.
For Technology... that allows us to stay connected with family in friends in this time apart.
For an Income.. in a time where many struggle to pay their rent or mortgage and to put food on the table, I am reminded of how fortunate I am to be able to work and have an income.
For the gift of laughter and the ability to not take life too seriously and to be able to laugh at myself.
A New Day (Ernesto Cortazar)
Be Grateful for the New Day https://www.youtube.com/embed/SN5c-m45fxs
Mothers' Day, by JoAnne Angle
Mother`s Day was different but some quality emerged because of the time spent in isolation.
My son lives in Ancaster and travelled every day into Toronto to work. He was up at 6:30 am and back at 6:30 pm, just in time to put his 2 small children to bed.
He has been working at home since the isolation and discovered how much easier his life has been. He eats with his family and is not as stressed or tired. He hopes his company will see that the work is still getting done and he will suggest that he would like to decrease the times he has to travel to the office.
We had a wonderful chat on Mother`s Day. I am blessed to have such a loving family.
TRANSITION TO TRANSFORMATION: Beauty in Every Stage, by Joyce Martin
This picture was taken over a few weeks, a year ago, after noticing the beautiful yellow bush starting to shed its flowers and the green starting to appear. A good lesson that, even in the difficult times of transition in our lives, there is beauty if we open ourselves to it.
I sure am missing you all and attending the usual events that would have been happening pre-Covid. We are well and our families are good. For that we sure are grateful!
I am also grateful for time to do puzzles. I have done 5 so far, that’s more than I would have done in a few years! To all you other puzzlers out there I have a few that can be passed around or exchanged.
I have also tackled a huge job of sorting boxes and boxes of photos that I have meant to do so many times but never had enough time to actually do it. Great memories are being revisited and although it is a daunting amount of work, it is okay to leave it on the table as no one is coming for dinner these days.
I am grateful for the opportunity to sell gift cards as a way to help support Trinity during these challenging times. This started when we decided to donate to a food bank to help families in need and I thought, wow, I could help Trinity at the same time. Feels good to know in my small way I can help so many others. This is a easy way to support our church at no cost to us at a time when money may be tighter than usual and we all need groceries! If you are interested let me know, you would also be helping me with getting more exercise as we will deliver them to you on our bikes!
I am grateful for all the people working so hard behind the scenes and on the frontlines and have made the sign below to let them know. Lets keep strong and true for this great country we live in knowing we will all be together again soon.
Sending prayers and blessings to you and yours and hugs from afar, Dianne Butzke
- Sunday night as I was tucking into bed at about 10:30pm, I heard the unmistakable sound of 3 separate, large pieces of farm equipment driving past our house on the way back to Sharpe Farm supplies just down the road. I thought how grateful I am for all the hard work and long hours these farmers put in so that we can have a secure food supply. Thank you to all of them. [Hal]
- Up Here, in Canada Great Song CANADA IS THE BEST
- The Weather – I am grateful that March 2020 was not a snowy, freezing cold month – if we had to stand in line outside grocery stores, at least we didn’t have to deal with that! And … grateful that April 2020 is cooler than often … it makes it easier to stay inside and be home
- My home - I am grateful that I have a safe and comfortable home in which to self isolate
- Family bonding time - I am so grateful for the extra time I get to spend with my middle-school aged children right now, who are growing up so quickly. I have introduced them to my favorite old movies, like The Parent Trap and Swiss Family Robinson. They have set me up with a TikTok account and taught me several dances. We have also dusted off the old sidewalk chalk and board games to fill our evenings. I cannot remember a time in the past when I have been so present.
- Morning walks - My morning walk is one of the unexpected rituals that I’ve developed during this time, and I’m grateful for the new routine. The cool morning air, lack of people, and quiet enable me to process my thoughts and keep healthy. The walks have also been ways to connect with several people who greet me whenever I am on my walks, and we greet one another as we walk along.
- The chance to slow down - One thing I’m grateful for during this time has been the opportunity to slow down — and to be more thoughtful in my work and where I spend my time and energy. I have looked back at my calendar and reconnected with people I have met over the last year. The result has brought me incredible joy and energy, thought-provoking conversations, and a sense of authentic connection in a time of physical distancing
- Nightly stargazing - We bought a cheap but powerful set of binoculars before the pandemic and we’ve been using them to stargaze in our backyard. They may not be as powerful as a telescope, but they’re good enough to define constellations and really see that super moon. I’ve loved teaching my kids about the night sky. It’s a bonus when we listen to the sound of the ocean at the same time
- A supportive partner - During these stressful and overwhelming times, I have found that I am extremely grateful for my partner and for our life together. He has been my rock through all of these adjustments, and strives every day to make my life easier, as much as he can. We are in the middle of postponing our wedding and he has taken the lead on so much in order to help reduce my anxiety and help make it a wonderful day that we both have been dreaming about. He has truly embodied our future vows ‘for better, for worse.’ We joke around that this social isolation has been the perfect pre-marriage counseling, as we are growing closer together each day
- Noise-cancelling headphones - It’s really small and silly, but I’m grateful for my noise-cancelling headphones that allow me to meditate even when my husband is on a conference call. I’m someone who craves silence, so having the extra assistance to quiet the noise for a few minutes a day is super helpful right now.
- An extra dog-walking buddy - My 13-year old son has been joining me when I walk the dog. Before COVID-19, I was working from home, writing a book, and then planning its promotion. Dog walks could get lonely and tedious. Now that my son tags along, the dog is especially grateful for longer walks because we have the time, and each other’s company. I love the extended casual time I get to spend with my son, chatting and walking. It seems small, but I think we are solidifying our relationship in ways we will only realize later
- Art projects - I’m really grateful for artists and illustrators who are releasing blank pictures to be colored in. One artist, Jonas Claesson, has been releasing these whimsical drawing pages every few days. My daughter and I get so excited when a new one comes out, and we both get markers or colored pencils and color our own page. It’s a great joint project to do during the day
- Family movie night - I have been unexpectedly grateful for movies. I don’t typically watch a lot of movies, but social distancing has given my family and I the opportunity to bond over family movie nights! Each family member has the ability to pick a movie of their choice each week. We cook homemade popcorn together and spend time talking about our favorite parts after the movie is over
- Resilient family members - I am enormously grateful for my daughter, who is a high school senior. She is missing prom and graduation, and college in the fall is uncertain. But she is soldiering through with a fair bit of hilarity and remarkable emotional maturity. We are closer than ever, and this feels like an amazing gift at a troubling time
- Virtual celebrations - So many people have commented that this distancing is bringing people closer together, and it’s true. We have standing weekly cocktails with our friends and neighbors on Zoom — including one family that moved in August. It is wonderful to talk, laugh, catch up, and commiserate. t was the first time in years that all three of us sisters and our families were together
- Increased creative time - I am grateful that I have more time to read and write. These are two of my favorite things to do, and I have started writing again during this time, and I am taking it more seriously now
- Online learning - I have found extreme gratitude in learning. I’ve always enjoyed learning new things and find myself to be one of those people who needs to know everything before being able to start. Now, so many companies are offering knowledge for free, and I am reveling in these opportunities! Free courses, Facebook groups, and communities all over the place are coming together to support each other and grow together
- Restored connections - The pandemic coronavirus has been an eye-opener for me — there are many things that I am learning about my father that fill my heart with gratitude. The social isolation has made me see how caring, smart, and great he is. I am getting to understand that my father’s love language is serving, and I am thankful for that. I am thankful I am living to appreciate my father because he keeps showing me that he has feelings just like me. I am thankful that now I can have an open conversation with him. Every single day, I appreciate and better understand my dad during this time
- Time to reflect - I am especially grateful for this pause to be able to reflect on what’s important to me — to ask myself whether all aspects of my life are purposefully aligned or whether some areas need grooming. Sometimes we get so caught up with our day-to-day obligations and we don’t take time to sit back and listen to what our inner voice might be telling us. I am thankful to be able to have quiet mornings to hang out with my heart and contemplate the answers to these questions that oftentimes become so difficult to hear amidst the noise
- Virtual community - I am feeling extremely grateful for discovering that there are people that are ready to offer you a helping hand even if they don’t know you at all, especially online. I’ve never managed to connect with the online community, and saw it as something superficial, but this situation showed me that even complete strangers are there for you if you need them
- Our own strength - During this time, I am grateful for my own resilience. I live alone and I tend toward depression and anxiety, and this lockdown has shown me how to take care of myself, how to take care of my body, and how to give myself the space I need to vent. I have learned that emotions are normal, as sometimes I feel sad and sometimes I feel very at peace. I meditate every day, and I do my virtual yoga each week. I have gotten closer to some friends, and I have also reached out to some of them when I feel low. Noticing the things for which to be grateful has gotten me to a space of acceptance and understanding.