The Blessings of 2020

By Aaliyah Moore

I think it’s safe to say that 2020 has left us all stunned by its outcome. When the world lost Kobe, Gianna, and the other plane passengers in January, it seems like the rest of the year sorta spiraled down, right? And don’t get me started on COVID and the racial and political climate…

But in all of the grief this year has presented, I’ve been trying to be a “glass half full” type of girl and see all of the blessings that have come during the turmoil.

The Blessing in Rest

I was temporarily furloughed from my job in June. At the onset of hearing this news, I was worried and afraid. And while these feelings were valid, this time off turned out to be the most restful time I’ve experienced all year. I was able to travel, spend time with family and friends, and catch up on some leisure reading. So even in a season of uncertainty, I can say something good came from it.

The Blessing in Clarity

I think clarity goes hand in hand with rest. Sometimes when we’re always on the go, we don’t have time to sit still and be mindful. 2020 has presented moments of stillness where I could think clearly about different areas of my life. I have something huge I’m working on, and this year has given me the time to see it through on several levels. It’s nothing like having a clear mind to think freely.

The Blessing in Still Being Here!

We’re swiftly heading into the holiday season when a number of us spend time gathering with our families loving on each other, and being thankful. It’s no secret that the COVID death number keeps rising and that racist acts continue to take the lives of innocent African Americans all across this nation.

But in all of that, I’m still here, and so are you! And that’s enough to be thankful for. As the year comes to an end, I challenge you to think about one thing you can be grateful for. 2020 hasn’t been all good for sure, but I don’t think it’s been all bad, either.

Aaliyah Moore is a contributing writer for the Pedestal Project, LLC.

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