I don’t want to downplay the challenges of the coronavirus and its resulting difficulties, but I’d like to invite you to consider the positive coming from our pandemic time.
Renewed community spirit has cropped up in many places. Think of all those groups sewing masks as just one example. Reduced carbon emissions in the early days of sheltering in place resulted in cleaner air. Some with internet access have greatly expanded their cultural intake, virtually visiting museums and collections worldwide or watching and listening to recordings made in pre-pandemic times.
Do an online search, and you’ll find article after article chronicling the health benefits of expressing gratitude. Who couldn’t use some health benefits now? Take some time each day to pause and be grateful. I’m grateful for all the silver lining experiences that have happened over the last several months. Expressing gratitude for those experiences builds resiliency to face the many difficult challenges and an uncertain future.
This message is an excerpt from a Women of the ELCA blog by Linda Post Bushkofsky. Today we remember Toyohiko Kagawa, renewer of society, who died in 1960.