Be Thankful

Barry
Posted December 16, 2020 from Nigeria

     Finally this year is coming to an end! I must say this year has been one hell of a ride from the Corona Virus to the Increase in the rate of GBV and of course we definitely cannot forget the #Endsars movement. Imagine all this and a lot more happened just in one year....

     Was it just me that noticed how much this year brought us all together. I do not know about you but I personally began to appreciate the life I have. I realized that staying alive this year is like a major breakthrough. I have now completely understood the importance of life. 

    Many people are entering next year with nothing. At this point now I ask you what exactly have you done to support somebody just anybody. It could even be as little as a phone call or a message, it could go a long way and guess what it's not too late if you haven't done so! Some people believe that "overhyping killed this year" Nevertheless,We thank God that this year is coming to an end, I implore you to be thankful for the lives and wellbeing of your family and friends. It is not easy at all.

    And of course, the outstanding sisters who have consistently continued to show support to this community and also used their voices to join Awareness campaigns all over the world. I say a massive THANK YOU!! Your efforts can never be forgotten. This brings me to the spirit Awards. Please and please do not forget to nominate a sister you believe should receive the award . It goes a long way.

    Also never forget, " IN ALL THINGS BE THANKFUL"!!

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maeann
Dec 16, 2020
Dec 16, 2020

Helo helo Barry,

Well said... I am grateful too that I am alive. I can still welcome 2021.

This pandemic took many lives, and that made me sad. But we learned so much that simple things in life is what matters.

I encourage you to nominate a sister on Spirit Awards.

You are blessed.

Barry
Dec 16, 2020
Dec 16, 2020

Yes Ann, I agree with you. I'm sure we all learnt that :) Thank you!

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 16, 2020
Dec 16, 2020

Hello, Barry,

What a lovely post. I love your "attitude of gratitude"! Sometimes we focus on what we lost that we forget what we still have. I remember a story of a women whose whole body was paralized from chest down. She sunk deep into depression and hated her life, but it was when she began to develop the attitude to say "I'm grateful I can still hear. I'm grateful I can still see. I'm grateful that I can still think....", she saw a positive perspective in living life. Now she founded an organization for disabled people. Because of your positive spirit, more opportunities will come your way. People love to be with someone who exudes positivity.

I will be creating a Vision Board 2021 this weekend. I encourage you to do the same. Cut up pictures of what you want to achieve for yourself and/or what you want to have in 2021. Stick the pictures on a board (whatever material is available), hang it where you can see it every day. It will keep you motivated to focus on those aspirations. Send me a pic when you're done!

This is how we finish strong for the rest of the year and be ready for 2021. Thanks for sharing. Keep those inspiring message coming!

Barry
Dec 16, 2020
Dec 16, 2020

Thank you so much Karen :) You are absolutely right, we tend to focus on what we've lost rather than what we have. Attitude in this life is everything. I am truly glad the woman in the story changed her mindset to a positive point of view, which has now helped her to uplift many like her! Such an inspiring story. Many do not understand this concept of "Looking at the bright side" and just like you have highlighted it goes a long way!
I would most definitely try to create my vision board. It sounds like a terrific idea!! After I'm done I would share it with you and probably other sisters too so they could do the same.
Together we would finish this year strong and refreshed for 2021! :D

jomarieb.earth
Dec 16, 2020
Dec 16, 2020

Dear Barry,
I feel as you do. Most of us have more similarities than differences. We are going thru the same things as many of countries. Covid19, elections, new government, social, economic and political challenges, protests, inadequate resources, etc. All forces us inward to self assessment and self care, And to care for those around us. And reach out to someone else as well. We have been made to appreciate being alive. It's good to think about what should never be taken for granted, but often is, our lives. Thanks for your post.
Hugs...JoMarie

Barry
Dec 17, 2020
Dec 17, 2020

You've said it all JoMarie! Thank you too. Hugsssss :D

Nini Mappo
Dec 18, 2020
Dec 18, 2020

Hello Barry,
This year has truly made us question what is really important, and as you say, instead of complaining of what we've lost or missed out on we can be thankful for what we still have... Life, health, family, and the gift of encouragement and one another. It is a crucial message as we approach the festive time where most of us are separated from our families and really don't know when we'll see them again. Thank you for sharing :)
I hope that you remain well and sparkly ✨ :)

Barry
Dec 18, 2020
Dec 18, 2020

Thank you dear Nini. You are most welcome:))

KABAHENDA KIGGUNDU
Dec 31, 2020
Dec 31, 2020

Dear Barry,

I could not agree with you more! The year has been challenging, but we have survived.
I am sure that each one of us in her small or big way has touched somebody in some way and, yes, there is always room for more love and compassion.

In this climate of Covid-19, some have not been lucky, and I am thinking of many who were deprived of a great send-off because of Covid-19.
Thank you for reminding us to be grateful to live and for life!

Barry
Jan 25
Jan 25

You are most welcome Kabahenda! We ought to be reminded of the importance of gratitude every single day. :D

BonnieP
Jan 24
Jan 24

Yes, we are all so relieved that 2020 is over. It's been a year of uphill battles for so many and of losses, great and small. Your article reminding us to be grateful for being alive is an important reminder to savor the little pleasures and gifts just being alive can give us every day. A beautiful sunset, seeing the birds flying overhead, hearing a friend's gentle voice, so much to be grateful for.

And thank you for your reminder to spread a little kindness, support, and encouragement to others. We are all "walking wounded" in some way because of the pandemic and reaching out to others in a positive way helps us all to heal.

Barry
Jan 25
Jan 25

Thank you Bonnie! You are completely right, reaching out to people in a positive manner helps not only the person but all of us too! :D