• Tanner Kern

Remaining Thankful During Difficult Times

Updated: Apr 13

It's very easy to lose gratitude when difficult times arise in our lives. I know I can't speak for everyone, but I believe most people in the world have been affected to some degree by COVID-19. News outlets are consulting different experts which means there are a lot of diverse predictions on the path of COVID-19 circulating today, but from what I have seen, it's basically unanimous that things will continue to get worse before they get any better.


So for us, this means quarantine, government issued shut down of restaurants, bars, movie theaters, shops, event cancellations and a stock market crash just to name a few of the negative outcomes that have resulted from the COVID-19 Pandemic.


This is an immensely difficult time for the world and its inhabitants. I think most people can relate to the statement that when tough situations arise in the world, it's very easy to lose hope and forget what we do still have to be thankful for. I believe examining the blessings that are still present amidst mayhem is extremely important for getting through crises.


We have little control over how COVID-19 will spread in the coming weeks. Of course, we can do our part by quarantining and maintaining social distancing from our fellow citizens, but there are near 330 million Americans so our individual locus of control is relatively small. Despite this, WE ALL HAVE complete control of how we view our situation in light of the pandemic.


I'm not trying to be negative, but in all reality we have no clue of the course that COVID-19 will take throughout the United States. That is why carrying a positive mindset is key to defeating the pandemic.


I can't go to a gym, but I can still run outside.

I can't go to work, but this will not be the case forever.

I can't go to school, but online learning is being offered.

I can't go to a restaurant, but grocery stores are still open.

I can't go to the movies, but there are still books.

I can't go to the mall, but I still have clothes.

I may have to quarantine, but I still have a bed to sleep in.

My "high risk" grandparents are still healthy despite the virus circulating.

I am still healthy.


And most importantly, I still have a loving family to lean on during these difficult times.


So I'll leave you with this saying:

"The tough times don't last, but tough people do."


America, along with the entire world will defeat COVID-19 eventually, but a way to accelerate the process is by maintaining positivity and never forgetting that we always have something to be thankful for.



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Tanner Kern is a 22 year old coach, runner, and blogger from Connecticut. He is the host of The Tanner Kern Podcast and creator of "It's a Process: A Blog About Life, Running, and Everything in Between."

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