There are many ‘at least(s)’ flying around.
‘At least you don’t live alone’
‘At least you don’t have a pre-existing condition’
‘At least you still get paid’
Of course, all these may be true. Some of us are more privileged than others, that can be recognised without minimising struggle.
Because whether you’re self-isolating, social distancing, have a pre-existing condition, are trying to navigate wedding planning or wondering how to get a refund for the trip you’ve saved for that you don’t get to go on – it’s okay to feel disappointed, to feel sad over what might have been.
Gratitude can’t be forced onto someone – it’s an attitude of the heart orientated to the giver and sustainer of life.
Perhaps when we allow ourselves to feel the disappointment, we can move to a place of gratitude.
This too shall pass, and as the snowdrops break through the seemingly barren winter ground, let us allow God to work in us through this season, trusting that life, hope, hope and creativity will emerge.