GUEST POST: Gratitude in changing times.

“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.” – Buddha

The word gratitude is derived from a latin word, Gratia which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness, depending on the context its being used in. Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge goodness in their lives.

Life has never been easy and so has this year been for quite a number of us if not all. 

Although the year is coming to an end, we’re living through unusual and trying times, times where most of our plans are at halt, leaving thousands worried and anxious. Times where we’re losing those we thought would be with us till death separates us, times where we have to cope with the changing times in education, the job market among other things. All this has people feeling stressed and frightened. People aren’t doing as well as they were before the pandemic but even at that lower baseline, being grateful is still important.

During such times, although it might be difficult to acknowledge gratitude, research shows that it can help us cope with traumatic events such as losing dear ones that seem to have been more than expected. Most importantly, gratitude can have a positive impact on family and friends too.

Instead of focusing on the negativity of this pandemic, perhaps we all need to take time to be grateful for what we have gained after being forced to slow down and spend time with those who are most important to us.

Being in the lockdown has made me realize how often we take some things for granted, gratitude being among them. In this difficult time where all we hope for is life, and God granting us a chance to see another day is enough for us to be grateful.

I’ve written this letter for anyone out there who needs it.

Dear you,

I would want to think that you are well.

The year is ending and all your mind can remember is how rough life has been these past months. You certainly have lost so much, from the persons who once appreciated you, to those who once meant the most to you, to those that you thought would stick around, to those that are no more because of certain things. it’ssad that they aren’t here anymore to bring you the smile they brought on your face and the memories you shared. It’s sad and unfortunate but don’t you be ungrateful

Remember the days you were soaked up in illness, in pain, in fear, in disappointment, times you were fade up and angry, times your family was torn apart, the times when everything seemed to be out of your sight, times where your hope was almost over and times when you betrayed you faith? Remember that in all those times you slept and woke up, you saw the sun rise and set, and still had a glimpse of the stars and moon.

The other day I saw you happy and excited because you received a warm hearty message from the person you slammed the door at and still stayed up to watch over you. Your heart might not be at ease, your bond must have been unfortunate, as well as you luck, but you achieved certain things in this year, overcame others, and God certainly gave you a chance to rise and try again.

This is a reminder that whether good or bad days, gratitude is key.

Look at you, you’re turning up every day even after the rough nights you had, you’re winning even after your loss, breathing even after a betrayal, you’re smiling despite the illness, and you’re better than I left you the other day. This is enough for you to be grateful.

My gratitude to you there trying your best to make someone smile, achieves, win, or leave, you’ve done a great job, you deserve to be appreciated.

My heart is filled with joy because such people exist. Gratitude is a must, and here I am saying thank you to all of you who’ve seen great things to be grateful for amidst all this mess.

Every time you don’t seem to find a reason to be grateful, remember these important things that seem too tiny. You’re breathing, and certainly you woke up, on no conditions, you’re showing up every day stronger.

Let’s choose to be grateful for something every day, I mean, 365 days a year and you can’t still find a reason to be grateful, we can all find one thing to be grateful for every day, by end of year, that would be 365 things to be grateful for. Not a bad start(yes?) We can start any day.

Feel free to share with me that one thing you are grateful for this year.

Our guest blogger Norah Nabbosa, is a legal scholar at Uganda Christian University who is passionate about writing, learning and reading novels. You can read more of her work over at her blog at

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