’Tis the Season to be Grateful
Even with a lack of employment, there is much to be thankful for.
It goes without saying that 2020 has been a heck of a year.
First, the virus. Then the protests and riots. And of course, the economic collapse. The amount of hardship everyone has gone through is insurmountable.
Yet, we are still here.
That is something to be celebrated.
As we commemorate Thanksgiving this challenging year, let us not forget that despite having our jobs and careers pulled from under us, we can still be grateful for a number of things that encourage us to fight another day for what we want.
Knowledge and Experiences
From the first day of our lives, we have learned a ton from our families, our friends, and even strangers. Each person we have ever encountered has taught us what to do and what not to do. The knowledge gathered from these experiences guide us to live wiser, especially pertaining to our careers.
Whatever our individual careers may look like thus far, be proud of it. It may not seem upbeat right now, but the knowledge we gain from our achievements and failures from past jobs will serves us well in the days to come. So spread that knowledge. Sooner or later, someone will pay you for it.
Interests and Curiosity
It is easy to lose interest in everything when things are not going the way we want. But if we can lift our heads up, open our eyes, and stop thinking for just one moment, we can watch what is front of us. After a while, something will spark. Suddenly, we can find ourselves deeply immersed in something.
The fact that we can be curious and be interested in multiple things is a blessing. This is what keeps us engaged and moves us forward in spite of rejections. Companies want that.
Tenacity and Resilience
As the Japanese proverb goes, Nana korobi, ya oki. Knocked down seven times, rise up eight.
After going through this year the way it has been, it is understandable that countless have fallen. If we know at least one of these people, be grateful to have known them and cherish their legacy.
As for those of you who are still here to read this article, thank your tenacity and resilience for getting through everything that has happened. Because of that, know that you will bounce back stronger than ever.
Health and People
And finally, when it comes to feeling gratitude, health and people are on top of the list.
Our bodies and minds have been put to the ultimate test this year. They will continue to be tested through the next year — or years.
We have survived to submit more job applications. We have survived to have another Zoom job interview. We have survived to network with even more people who can help us along the way.
On a more personal note, I want to thank my family and friends who have encouraged me to pursue my ambitions through out the years. I want to thank all the people who have taught me new lessons that I can put to good use in the near future. And last but not least, I want to give a big thank you to all of you readers who have continued to support me by reading my articles.