Let's Talk with Maggie Toussaint
Giving Thanks in a Post-Covid (I Hope) World
Happy Thanksgiving to All!
Many of us have blessings we always mention on this occasion. Family, friends, home, career, transportation, personal health and mobility, community, pets, rewarding hobbies, and more are blessings that come to mind. However, our world changed in recent years.
Covid took a toll on every level, with its stranglehold of fear nestling in our psyches. Though many are once again marching to their own beat same as they did pre-covid, it’s clear that plenty were irrevocably changed by the pandemic. Those still self-isolate, wear masks, avoid gatherings, and seek solitude. While some of this is good and desirable, especially if we get socked with another variant of this virus, the altered behavior took a toll on the workforce. It created snarls in the supply and demand chain worldwide.
All of this to say, I’m thankful to have survived the pandemic. Like others, we lost family, friends, and neighbors, so we’re not unscathed even though we bear the title of survivors. We must continue to adapt to situations as they arise. Oh joy, a life lesson happened in the midst of that tragedy, but I surely wish it wouldn’t have blown in like a Cat 5 hurricane.
I’m super thankful for doctors, nurses, scientists, pharmacists, drug companies, policemen, and more—in effect, all who helped us reached this point of healing. And I give thanks for each new day, where I do what I can for those in my immediate sphere of influence. The true life lesson I gleaned from the pandemic is this: life is short. Make every day count.
Things change. People matter. I’m a dinosaur and remember the “We Are The World” song from 1985, written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie. The powerful worlds encourage us to strive for harmony and helpfulness. (Note this song has been updated over the years, but here’s a link to the original “We Are The World“)
Even so, I’m very thankful for my author friends and for readers. We are from the same tribe and delight in a well-told tale. It’s nice to feel that fellowship, sometimes in person but other times in an online community format.
What are you thankful for this year? Comment by Monday, November 28, to be eligible for the first in my foodie mystery series, Seas the Day. Print book is available for those with US address only. Digital book format is a choice for US and international winners.
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