Gratitude is the first word that comes to mind this time of year. Gratitude is defined as “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.”
This Thanksgiving, I am giving thanks for health and happiness. I am thankful all our clients are as healthy as they can be and our caregivers are helping them stay happy and at home.
As COVID and flu season descends, I appreciate the challenging circumstances we all are going through, no matter what kind of family we have or line of work we are in. We need to come together as a community to help each other navigate and overcome these challenges.
Take the time to check on your neighbor this season, especially the vulnerable, elderly, and homebound. With social distancing, these populations are more isolated than ever and it takes is a quick phone call to remind them they aren’t forgotten. If you are heading to the store, see if they need anything. I guarantee this simple act of kindness will make their whole day.
Experts are calling for the suspension of holiday celebrations, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate differently. If you cook dinner for your family, consider taking a plate over to someone you know isn’t having visitors—you can leave it on their doorstep with a note and call them to let them know it is there or ring the bell and watch from the curb.
The vulnerable, elderly and homebound are so appreciative and grateful when someone thinks of them. The gift of inclusion and thinking of others is a simple gratitude practice we can all implement.