The Thankfulness Game

Right now, our nation is being challenged. At times it seems like our current crisis can bring so much division that we forget what we have in common. We all want a roof over our heads and food on the table. We all search for happiness. We all want to feel hope.

Even so, we are in the midst of racial, health, and political issues that have yet to resolve. Each day seems only to stir the pot more. These in-between moments when everything is uncertain are the most discouraging. It’s hard to stay happy with so much fear, anxiety, and anger happening in our world.

On the days our family gets down, we like to play the Thankful Game. We call it a game, but it’s more like an idea. The only rule is to think of things we’re thankful for. No, it doesn’t solve the world’s problems, but it helps us remember the good things we do have while we address the stressful issues happening in our society.

Here are five things that we at The Bloom are thankful for, in no particular order:

  1. We are thankful that we have the right to gather in peaceful demonstrations. No matter what we believe, we have the right to be heard.
  2. We are thankful that as a community, we have looked out for small businesses and supported them when they might have otherwise closed their doors permanently.
  3. We are thankful for our essential workers making sure our basic needs are met.
  4. We are thankful for countless volunteers who look out for those who are most vulnerable.
  5. We are thankful for you, our readers.

We realize that the Thankful Game doesn’t change anything, but it does remind us that we still have hope. It shows us that beauty and goodness can speak just as loudly as hate and fear. It shows us that even though the world is in turmoil, we can still find peace.  We are surrounded by beautiful things. Let’s not lose light of that.

Trudy Wakefield

Trudy and David Wakefield started The Bloom in 2018 to showcase the best parts of Lake County and to provide a local outlet for community events, arts, music, and writing.

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