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  • Writer's pictureDr. MeiLan Han

Being Thankful

I recently participated in a leadership conference with colleagues where we were asked to reflect on how the pandemic had affected our lives, both for the better and for the worse.

For the better, I thought? What could possibly be better? But after reflecting for a bit, I realized that perhaps there were things to be thankful for, even in the middle of a worldwide pandemic. To begin, I still had my job. And not only that, but people are now more interested than ever in understanding how they can protect their health.

Despite the inability to travel, the magic of zoom has allowed me to reconnect with old friends, which was long overdue. And I’ve been able to spend much more time with my family and in particular my son.

Before the pandemic, the answer to, “So what did you do today?” was always, “Nothing…” Despite the challenges of remote learning, I now actually know what he does in a typical day! I realize that for many of us, including myself, this holiday season will be very different from years prior. We may not be able to gather in our usual ways. Yet there is still the opportunity to stop and consider what we do have to be thankful for.

I’m realizing that with gratitude, comes an appreciation and joy for every moment. And in this way, gratitude can be incredibly powerful medicine.

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