Finding Gratitude During Difficult TimesNovember 19th, 2020
Thanksgiving is fast approaching, which is always a time to reflect on what we are grateful for.
I know for many of you, like myself, this holiday will not feel the same. My wife and I traditionally enjoy multiple large family gatherings with our adult children and grandkids, but this year will be much quieter. It’s a mix of disappointment and reality. I know many of you are feeling this same frustration at a time when you normally reconnect with loved ones, rekindle traditions and build new memories.
This can make it harder to find gratitude, but one thing I think I have learned from the pandemic is that bad times can be surprisingly informative and make you appreciate what you have.
For those of you who know me well, you know that I love reading fiction, especially thrillers, and watching movies. I often find myself quoting lines that I find pertinent and meaningful and I thought you might like this one, from one of my favorite movies.
“You’ll have bad times but it’ll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren’t paying attention to.”
– Good Will Hunting
With that in mind, here is some of the good stuff:
I am grateful for everyone at Michigan Medicine who has worked so tirelessly throughout this pandemic who, now, due to a resurgence will have to pick themselves up and do it again. Your resilience is inspiring.
I appreciate the way we have treated each other with respect, dignity and kindness throughout this turbulent year. We came together to meet the needs of our patients, their families and each other despite the divisiveness occurring across the country.
I am indebted to technologies like Zoom and Google Meet, which have kept us connected on many different levels, and I thank the employees who worked so hard to get those tools in our hands and keep them deployed every day.
I am also grateful for the many resources here within Michigan Medicine and the greater U-M community which we can all lean on. I feel like a week – perhaps even a day – doesn’t go by that one of our departments doesn’t reach out to our community with another way to support our employees. A few holiday-related resources come to mind:
Although I will miss big family fun, I am grateful for my wife and my “bubble” during this pandemic. So embrace your bubble, small as it may be, and the bubbles we create here at work. That is where you will find the sincerest moments of gratitude.
What are you grateful for? Please share with us in the discussion box below.