Principle #6 – Move to ACTION and Get Behind the Mask!

Like other holidays this year, Thanksgiving will be a little different. The CDC and health experts have recommended limiting the people at our Thanksgiving celebration or eliminating in-person gatherings. We’ve been here before. Remember Teams and Zoom? We can be creative again. Keeping family, friends, and ourselves safe is the number one priority.

I get stuck in my head when I think of the many people who are sick or grieving for lost loved ones. There are exhausted health care heroes and stressed unemployed people wondering how they will afford their rent or feed their families. My heart aches for all of them.

Even when my heart hurts, I am grateful. I have feelings of guilt for my bountiful blessings when so many others are suffering. I’m retired and don’t need to rely on the need to work. I’m fortunate that I have a home and food on the table. But I’m most thankful for the health of my family. My daughters have been lucky to work from home, and I’m homeschooling my grandson. We have been playing it safe and staying close to home. And when we do go out into the public, we wear our masks, social distance, and wash our hands. I’m so grateful for my loving and caring family.

Cindy and Dana are traveling to North Carolina in their trailer, Athena. They will safely be living in Athena during their visit. The temperatures will be on the cool side, so we will visit in our backyard under blankets with a fire in the firepit. It will be fun to see them, but it will be difficult to not hug…at least not until we have been together for a while!

We will have a small Thanksgiving dinner on our deck. I have talked to my family about wearing masks, and how we can safely be together. I’m also limiting the time of our gathering. It will be up to them if they feel safe attending. We will visit in the backyard with masks on and I will be cooking and serving our meal…no buffet style. I have tables at least eight feet apart, and we will only be on the deck to eat.

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie

Even though it has been a difficult year, we still have much to be thankful for. I encourage everyone to remember the families who have lost their loved ones this year. They will have an empty seat/s at their Thanksgiving tables or on their Teams/Zoom calls on Thanksgiving. They have made the ultimate sacrifice as we’ve learned about COVID-19. Let’s protect each other by limiting the size of our gatherings, wear our masks, and social distance.

The Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), Dr. Mandy Cohen, tells us every day about the three WWW’s. Wait, wear, and wash. My grandson even knows about the three WWW’s! On a side note, Dr. Cohen is on the shortlist for President-Elect Biden’s administration. She would be a great addition to his team, but North Carolina would miss her.

“Being a family means you are a part of something very wonderful. It means you will love and be loved for the rest of your life.” – Lisa Weed

Be thankful for your life and your loved ones because none of us are promised another day. We’ve flattened the curve before, and I know we can do it again! Get behind the mask! Have a blessed and safe Thanksgiving.

Freedom is possible!


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