Though many of us may prefer sunny days, sometimes life’s greatest lessons are found after weathering the storm. Through a year of significant transformations, many of our readers were able to take away uplifting lessons to carry with them into 2021.
Be More Kind
“Finding a sense of purpose when I can’t work was difficult, but I’ve been learning that small acts of kindness towards others helps to reinvigorate my spirits. I’m really thankful for that discovery.” — Erin G.
This year, don’t wait for holidays or special occasions to spread cheer and joy. Look for opportunities to be kind to others. That could mean being a little nicer on social media, donating to causes close to your heart, or spending more time with your animal friends. Try treating others how you want to be treated as well as how they ask to be treated. Kindness is a gift for the ones that you help, and it’s also a gift for yourself.
Show More Gratitude
“My life, in general, is far from perfect, but it’s also far from horrible. I’m lucky enough to have a home, food, and lots of love. I realized I have more than I knew this year. Life had me down for many years, but I’ve always been grateful that it wasn’t worse and that I had what I did.” — Lalah G.
Look around you. What things have you possibly taken for granted? Is it your home, clothes, or internet service? It can be easy to forget just how important the “smallest” things are in our lives. Instead of focusing on what we don’t have, let’s try remembering the things that deserve our gratitude.
Love Your Animal Friend
“Pets are the best things to brighten your soul during this time. I love mine to bits! They bring me more joy than anything. Love them, and they will love you, endlessly.” — Colleen M.
While quarantining may be needed to keep ourselves (and others) safe, lacking a form of companionship can get incredibly lonely. If you already have an animal companion, try using this time to connect with them even more by playing games or enjoying any other form ofquality time. If you have yet to adopt an animal friend, maybe now is the perfect time to do so. It’s okay if you’re not ready to make that commitment. You can also express your love for animals by fostering from your local shelter.
Did you learn any lessons from 2020? Let us know in the comments.
Let’s start this new year by heeding these lessons and moving forward as better people to create a better world.