Be Grateful and Don’t Take Anything for Granted

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Written by Bernie Carr

Looking a photos and videos from a year ago, I can’t help but feel just a twinge of nostalgia for “the good ol’ days” of yesteryear, when we didn’t think much about going out to eat, watching a movie, and getting together with a crowd of family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving. Back then those were just things you normally do.

But this year it’s different. As more than a million cases of COVID-19 were reported in the last seven days, the CDC is advising people to avoid travel, limit the number of guest, host any gatherings outdoors, and maybe consider just having a virtual celebration. Many states have just reinstated restrictions.

So when I think about what activities I was doing this time last year, I marvel at how much has changed. It just goes to show that you can’t take anything for granted: things that seemed so mundane as going to church, visiting family or going to a potluck seems out of reach right now.

Let’s focus on the positives

I am full of gratitude today as we celebrate Thanksgiving in spite of the difficulties in the past few months. The pandemic, a contentious election, widespread unemployment, a weak economy, riots, and disasters may have taken a toll on the nation, yet we still live in a great country with opportunities for everyone. We are blessed to be able to celebrate Thanksgiving with roof over our heads, food on the table, the comforts of home.

Give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Psalm 107:1

Part of me can’t help but wonder what the future holds. I’d like to think things will be better year next year, but we should not take anything for granted.  For now, let’s enjoy what we do have and be mindful of our blessings.

My thanks to you, dear readers, for visiting and sharing your thoughts with me.  I am also grateful for our sponsors who help me keep the blog free for everyone.  We hope and pray we can all celebrate many more abundant Thanksgivings to come.  

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  

– Philippians 4:6-7

I wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

About the author:

Bernie Carr is the founder of Apartment Prepper. She has written several books including the best-selling Prepper’s Pocket Guide, Jake and Miller’s Big Adventure, The Penny-Pinching Prepper and How to Prepare for Most Emergencies on a $50 a Month Budget. Her work appears in sites such as the Allstate Blog and, as well as print magazines such as Backwoods Survival Guide and Prepper Survival Guide. She has been featured in national publications such as Fox Business and Popular Mechanics. Learn more about Bernie here.

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