Editorial #3 – Being Thankful

By Amy Enberg

With chaos abounding around us, it’s hard to be thankful. 

Maybe you have finals due, are impacted by illness, or are stressed about politics or finances or whatever it may be. Whatever the case, I’m sure you understand the difficulty in being grateful with what we have with so many reminders of what we don’t.

We can be distracted by everything around us, and that makes it harder to see what is right in front of our eyes.

We can be thankful for the holidays, even if they look different this time around.

We can be thankful for our community, whether from schools, churches, or workplaces, near or far, and the support and joy they bring.

We can be thankful for family, both relatives and friends, for their love and guidance. 

Most importantly, we can be thankful for the hope that can be found in every little thing, if we take the time to look for it. 

I’m not going to pretend that there isn’t disappointment this holiday season. Yet, I hope you can still find happiness in your circumstances.

This Thanksgiving, I found myself living in the future, stressing about scholarship applications, final exams, and where exactly I’ll find myself in the next year. I soon came to realize that being thankful for the present is much more satisfying. 

The truth is, we are never going to be in this same exact moment ever again. I know, some of you may be cheering at that, but hear me out – in every position that you are in, you can decide to use it for good. 

You can choose joy in every situation, by seeing the positive or helping others. That doesn’t negate any difficult circumstances you may be facing, but know that you are not alone.

That is what I am thankful for this year.

This week, we have some great articles coming up from our wonderful staff members, who I am also so very thankful for. Keep an eye out for articles on holiday events (“Celebrating the Holidays During a Pandemic”), the arts at FSW (“The End of the Rope: discussing racism through the lens of the stage”), and many other things impacting our local community and our nation. 

Stay thankful,

Amy Enberg

Compass Co-Editor-in-Chief

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