Every night at 7 p.m. for the past 3 weeks, New Yorkers have gone out on their balconies (or leaned out their windows) to applaud, holler and cheer in support of the doctors, nurses and EMT who are on the front lines in this battle against Covid-19. After the first few weeks of applauding and yelling, I decided I needed to amplify my expression of gratitude. So, now I bang on pots or a cardboard box with a wooden spoon. (My husband clanks a metal slotted spoon against our balcony railing.) The nightly ritual has become a bright spot in my day. And, judging by the smiles and waves from the neighbors across the street and up the block, I know I’m not alone in feeling this way. I think we’re applauding as much for each other as for all of the essential workers who are keeping the city running.
Expression of Gratitude – New Illustration
Tonight, these two dearies stood for 5 minutes on the street below our apartment adding their applause to the cacophony:
(Needless to say, I was moved by the sight.)
Which leads me to remark that it’s the simplest acts of gratitude that sometimes feel the most profound. For obvious reasons, most of us can’t afford extravagant gestures of gratitude right now. But we can do small ones, often. And, with loads of time to kill, maybe now would be a good time to start a gratitude journal. I, for one, am grateful when I see “feel good” stories published like this one about a 101-year old man who has survived the coronavirus. Not to mention that silly memes like this one provide a laugh AND also serve as an important reminder that thanking ourselves should be on our gratitude lists, too!
Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.Zig Ziglar