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Rainbows in a Storm

Posted on November 23 2020

Rainbows in a Storm

Dear Educators,

As we come up on Thanksgiving 2020, it might be trickier than usual to find things we’re grateful for. For many of us, this has been the hardest year of our lives. However, you might take the perspective that it’s even easier to appreciate the wonderful things in your life when the rest is seemingly falling apart. Becoming present to the deep love we have for our friends and family, for the beauty of nature, the very privilege of being alive, is so much brighter when we look around at the difficulties we’re facing at work (or from losing our jobs), the stress of homeschooling our children, the fear of a virus that could take our lives or the lives of a loved one, and the tension of a country entrenched in political division. The positive lift of love and gratitude create the rainbow in the storm that has been 2020, and how lucky we are to have them. So, this Thanksgiving, whether you’re with your household, visiting virtually, or just plain solo, take a moment to appreciate the rainbows that you’ve experienced in the torrential storm that has been this year!

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