Gratefulness In The Time Of COVID-19

Dennis Velasco


Things beyond our control happen, but all we can do is control how we react. Choose to celebrate your little successes; there are still moments to be grateful for.

Congratulations! If you’re reading this, you’ve made it through a year where massive wildfires, airplane crashes, volcanic eruptions, social unrest and protests across the globe, countries on the brink of recession, and of course, the COVID-19 pandemic happened. And somehow we still have 3 months left of 2020. This year feels like one of those apocalyptic movies where all you’re trying to do is survive. Key difference? This isn’t a movie and you are in control of the plot. You are still here, alive for a reason, and perhaps looking for something to remind you of why life is still good after all.

Perspective Is Everything

There is no denying that this has been an extremely trying time for all of us. This disruption of our lives was unexpected and sudden. Whenever life seem overwhelming, I try to remind myself that perspective is everything and I mean EVERYTHING. There is always something good in something bad that happened to us, sometimes you just have to look harder. This mindset helped me change the way I look at things and live my life. While this pandemic showed us so many horrible things, it also made me realize how truly blessed I am. It taught me to value the things that matter the most even more; the things that I usually take for granted: the roof over my head, food on the table, my family’s health and safety, the air conditioner in my room, a good cup of coffee, and the list goes on. There are countless things that I am grateful for, one, in particular, is my job which allows me to enjoy all those things. Having a stable job during this time is more important than ever - this time of crisis will reveal how your company values you.

Thankfulness At Work

At SupportNinja, our leadership ensures that all of its employees can continue working in these uncertain times. I am thankful that I work for a company where the health and welfare of its employees are paramount.They allow us to work-from-home, provide computers for their Ninjas, and for those who need to stay at the Hideout (our office), they ensure that the government health protocols are strictly followed and that they deliver whatever support the Ninjas need to ease their worries. I am fortunate that I get to work from home which means more time spent with my mom. I am glad that I’m spending time creating simple and long-lasting memories with her. I am also thankful for the fact that no one can ever see me stare blankly at my laptop screen while not being bothered by how I look. I am so blessed that this company that I consider my second family for over 4 years now has lived up to its core values. And I ought to take care of it like it has taken care of me.

Always Be Grateful

You might say I’m speaking from a position of privilege. Maybe I am or maybe I just choose to look at it this way. Things beyond our control happen, but all we can do is control how we react. Choose to celebrate your little successes; there are still moments to be grateful for. Take this time to pause, look around you, recognize the good. How you see things affect how you live your life. And don’t we all want to live a good life? Things might be a little scary and unknown right now but you are strong and better things will come. Find the perspective to be always, always grateful.

[Featured Photo by Viktor Forgacs on Unsplash]