Stop. Give thanks, 2020 edition.

If you reflect on every holiday season you’ve had in your life, some memories are sweeter than others. Our lives oscillate between times of feast and famine, and the holiday season has a way of exacerbating the overall sentiment of the year. 

Last year around this same time, I felt especially grateful. I even wrote a blog post about it. While last year’s post is more reflective of my nature, I would be lying if I said I felt the same way this year. As I read it, I feel as if I sound naive or immature. Of course, I don’t have the gift foresight, so I never in a million years could have predicted what 2020 could hold. 

This year has a different lens. I haven’t been able to laugh with co-workers in months. I deeply miss my grandparents who won’t be able to join us for the holidays. I wish I could see my childhood home one last time before my parents move out at the end of the year.

We’re all feeling loss or grief of some size or scale this year. And it’s really hard not to strap into the roller coaster of emotions that this year has heaved into our laps. While I believe that sitting with our tough feelings is a natural part of the human experience, I also believe that we can simultaneously search for the diamond in the coal. So, this Thanksgiving, I have a few recommendations to help you find gratitude, even if you have to search high and low. 


We’ve all experienced 2020 differently and have walked away with unique appreciation for what we’ve learned in the process. Throughout the month of November, the Obsidian team will share stories of gratitude from 2020 every Tuesday starting Nov. 3. I hope you’ll follow along with us and try to find your gratitude this season.