Gratitude, Love, and Forgiveness during the Coronavirus Pandemic

On March 6th, I took my daughter to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo at her request to see Chance the Rapper and 5 days later the Rodeo closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. This is proof that we are not in control and we definitely don’t know the day nor the hour as life changed at a moment’s time. Who could have ever imagined that we would be witnessing a pandemic, countless lives being loss daily, governmental stay at home protocols, lack of basic necessities in the stores we frequently visit, face mask and plastic gloves becoming apart of our attire. Life quickly transitioned to the new normal of social distancing, virtual learning & church/religious services, work from home-if you’re blessed to have a job as many companies were forced to let valuable employees go due to the economic coronavirus downfall.

Although, things appear dire there are so many things to be grateful to God for. I am personally grateful for sitting at the kitchen table playing multiple games of Uno with my kids. I am grateful for spending more time with God in prayer and finding creative ways to connect & work. I am grateful for having quiet time and opportunities to reflect over life and finding gratitude in my LifeLoveMarriageDivorce journey. I am grateful and have a greater appreciation for our educators, healthcare professionals, distributors, first responders, and the essential workers who make it possible for us to have the necessities we need to survive. It is a blessing to see what real humanity looks like across the globe as we are reminded that we all need each to survive because socioeconomic status, race, and material possessions don’t matter when your health is concerned during a pandemic.

There is a bible scripture that says…”Be Still and Know that I am, God”- and when life forces you to be still, you realize what’s truly important and how grudges and un-forgiveness is unnecessary and counterproductive towards your overall health and wellness; especially when so many families can’t be with loved ones during their final hour because of the probability of them becoming infected with the virus. If you haven’t forgiven someone, I encourage you to forgive. Make the decision to no longer allow anyone to hold your heart or thoughts captive because it’s not worth your time, energy and attention. Remember forgiveness is more for you than the other person and it doesn’t mean that you forget what the offender did, nor do you need to become friends with him/her…it simply releases you from further carrying any negativity in your heart. Allow this time of being still let your light shine in spite of the current conditions; and trust the Lord, stay faithful, keep your head up and know that we will get through this pandemic, together.

Until the Next Blog,

Blessings & Love