As we approach the holiday season and the end of 2020, we eagerly await the hope of new beginnings
in 2021. This time of the year is customarily met with lines at the grocery stores, malls filled with jovial
shoppers, and homes adorned with holiday décor waiting to host relatives who traveled near and far.
However, as we move towards Thanksgiving, we are reminded that we are in the midst of a “new
normal.” Now, our groceries are being delivered, the idea of exchanging gifts is almost an afterthought,
and our homes serve as a safe zone to isolate and protect us from the pandemic that has forever
changed our lives. While we sit in the reality of what today brings, I encourage you to stand in the hope
of a brighter tomorrow and choose to give thanks during this Thanksgiving.
There are so many things we can all be thankful for despite the uncertainty that we may feel at this
time, and I’d like to share just a few. As a citizen of New Orleans I am giving thanks this year because
our city endeavored through a record number of potential hurricanes that could have devastated our
community and the surrounding area. As a social worker, I am giving thanks that a large number of
guests were housed this year in an effort to reduce the number of homeless individuals during this
pandemic. As the executive director of Lantern Light, I am giving thanks that we have been able to
continue serving our guests and employing our staff through the continued support of our donors.
While these are only a small representation of the many reasons why I am thankful in this season, I
implore you to reflect on what you can give thanks for.
“When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. And when life is bitter, say thank you and grow.”