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Being Thankful


What do we have to be thankful for?

That depends on your perspective. We need food, water, shelter, and enough warmth for comfort. To varying degrees most of us have that and we are grateful for it.

But it is all secondary, if we don’t have our health. For those who are not in good health at this time, we can be thankful to live in the days of modern medicine for making our illnesses bearable. Without modern inventions and medical discoveries, many of us would not even have made it to adulthood. The smallest infection might have killed us in the days before penicillin, and appendicitis would have claimed countless lives before the days of operations and anaesthetics. Childhood diseases would have taken their toll.

This year’s Thanksgiving may be bittersweet. Actually, forget the sweet part – it will be bitter for those who have lost loved ones, many of them to Covid. But we have to muster a positive attitude and continue to strive to beat this virus.

This is one of the hardest times for some of my generation. We missed the World Wars and most of us were not affected greatly by the smaller wars that followed. We have lived fairly free of world scale disasters … until now.

At first everyone was extra careful about social distancing and wearing masks, using hand sanitizers and washing hands, but I see all around me that people are giving in. They are tired of being careful, tired of being isolated. But, as in any battle, if you stop fighting before it’s truly won, the backlash can be devastating.

We are almost there in the push to beat back the virus, so I hope that people will not become too cavalier about relaxing their precautions until we are clear of this pandemic. Take care, especially at times of celebration, like Thanksgiving and Christmas.

One day soon this ugly virus will be eradicated, and we will truly have something to be thankful for.

Have a happy Thanksgiving, America, and take care to stay healthy.

Author: wordsfromanneli

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39 thoughts on “Being Thankful

  1. As an American, this reads as a love letter to us the people…thank you. hugs

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  2. A wonderful post, Anneli. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป We have so much to be grateful for today, and before the virus came. Even the real estate guy who helped me with purchasing my home sends me emails like today, wishing me and my family all the best. There are still some very good people in this world. Be well. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  3. I ditto every single word, Anneli. We’re almost there. Now’s the time to knuckle under and be patient, knowing that in a few months things will start changing dramatically. This summer I’m planning a huge thanksgiving celebration (and Christmas in July!)

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  4. Excellent post, Anneli. A little cooperation on everyoneโ€™s part can do a world of difference.


  5. Last week I went for my flu shot at my GP. She told me how discouraged she was that so many people don’t take this virus seriously. I applaud you, Anneli, for encouraging us all to hold on and hope that your message reaches the right people. It’s a time to practice caring for others. Thank you, Anneli.

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  6. Thanks, Anneli, and Happy Thanksgiving to you, too,

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  7. Great post, Anneli. Iโ€™m keeping the faith that we will turn the corner.

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  8. Great post, Anneli. Many thanks to you. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. Let’s be careful and patient. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.

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  10. What a perfect TD post, Anneli. I think we Americans are so spoiled. We need to make changes, yes. We miss our family, yes, But it’s nothing like the sacrifices generations before us had to make. I wish people didn’t get “tired” of being careful – doing so saves lives. My mom died from Covid, and I miss her every day. Today, I give thanks for all the Thanksgivings I spent with her and with all of my family. YOU and the Captain take care and stay safe. xo

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  11. Lot of wisdom here. Thank you Anneli.

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  12. Thank you so much for these lovely words and gentle reminder during a time dedicated to Thanksgiving! My heart goes out to those who lost their lives during this pandemic and their heartbroken families, we must keep on fighting the good fight in their memory if not for our very own lives but for others as well.

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  13. I rarely leave the house (well, I do walk the dog) so I’m the poster child for good social distancing.

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  14. There will always be challenges in life and the most important thing you can do is to not give up in every battle.โ™ฅ๏ธ Iโ€™m not an American Citizen rather Iโ€™m a Filipina from Philippines who also experiencing this kind of uncertainty. We may have different ethnicities, but we will heal as one!!! โ™ฅ๏ธ

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  15. Two words: fear, control. We can’t control a virus, nor can we control other people. But in our fear of death, we feel the need to do something to remain in control. For all my adult life, I’ve been doing things to try to avoid getting sick. I was a germaphobe even before this crisis. Aside from wearing a mask, I’ve always been hyper vigilant, and at some point, I eventually caught some virus or another anyway.

    My best friend and her husband caught the virus the week of our Thanksgiving (last week). Neither have been out of the house other than to shop with their masks on. They are dealing with it fine – like any other cold or flu. It’s my 80 year old mom I’m worried about. Many in her facility are catching it now. It’s dangerous for her and her health condition. She’s been locked away in her apartment and couldn’t see any of her family for the holiday (here in the U.S.). She was crying all weekend. Other than Zoom and sending her Thanksgiving goodies, I couldn’t help her. ๐Ÿ˜ข

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    • I’m so sorry about your mother. I hope she can keep well. Much harder to do in a senior’s residence. It’s the same thing we worry about with my mother-in-law here in her senior’s residence. Let’s hope this vaccine is allowed to be distributed soon.

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      • Thank you, Anneli. My mom was sick in the hospital last Christmas with the norovirus that went around her facility. We couldn’t see her then either. Looks like another year of family celebrating with her is down the drain. She is vulnerable to any virus, not just the one. Sorry to go on – mentally, it takes a toll.

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