Rocking the Attitude of Gratitude this Christmas

Updated: 3 days ago

© Copyright 2020 Artwork by Cordi Neckermann

And we are back. Pretty much right where we started in March of this year. London is in full lock down. In fact our entire lovely island seems to be cut off from the rest of the world. We are stuck on the island for Christmas with a virus that has become even more contagious. But that is not all this holiday season as we are facing a double trouble. Covid and Brexit are the unexpected stocking stuffers this year. Instead of Star Wars we get the toilet paper wars. Somehow stacking up on toilet paper seems to bring peace to some people -- the other kind of white Christmas.

When it comes to celebrating Christmas I like to stick with tradition. Every year, no matter where I am in the world I would travel to Germany to see my mum and have a cozy German Christmas. This is the very first time in 43 years I won’t be celebrating Christmas with my mum. There is no way into the UK or out at the moment. We are stuck on our island this Christmas, so it is time to bring out the big guns to make our Christmas merry and bright. The single most important and strongest human super power: Gratitude.

This year was like no other

With challenges we never had to face before we are all looking forward to 2021. But just flipping the numbers on the calendar will not make it all magically go away. It will take some more time for things to calm down and get better so we better suit up and practice our gratitude and appreciation muscles.

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, and confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense out of the past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” - Melody Beattie, author

I have definitely strengthened my gratitude muscle this year. It is not easy to find gratitude and appreciation when the ceiling of your existence caves in and it seems that there is no way out. When life turns dark and hopeless. We all have been there in some form or another. Tragedy looks different for each and every one of us. In the end we all sit in the dark feeling abandoned by good fortune or in my case sitting on an island together with a monster virus.