“When we focus on our gratitude, the wave of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in.” Kristen Armstrong.

Through these challenging times, we are all needing to ‘hold on’ to all that is good in order to give us the resilience to bear the uncertainty we face with each new day. A year ago we never would have dreamt that we would spend the last ten months developing coping skills to deal with a worldwide pandemic. But we have done just that, and here we are, indeed, coping, in one way or another. Well done you!

One way to boost our coping skills is to remind ourselves of all we have to be grateful for, and my friend, the list is long. Since we have plenty of time on our hands let’s make a project of it! Find a beautiful jar or bowl in your home; possibly dust one off from the back of the cupboard, something that is only used for ‘special occasions’. Or, get creative! Find a large jar and do some decorating! Whatever vessel you chose, label it: Gratitude Jar/Bowl. Now cut up pieces of paper, approximately 4×4, colourful would be fun, and set them by the jar, with a pen or pencil handy. (Those who use Facebook, take a picture of your jar and post it on UJAMAA GRANDMAS!)

Each day, take a moment or three, to pause and think of what you are grateful for. It could be something big, like the privilege of the roof over your head and a warm home, or maybe something smaller: completing a project; getting a good night’s sleep; or enjoying a delicious take out dinner from a local restaurant. And we know, in life, it can be the little things that make us the happiest, a wave from a neighbor, a card from a friend, or a call from one of the kids.

Our project is to write down what you are grateful for, the big things, right down to the littlest of things.  Tuck them in the jar and watch them grow.  If you would like to add a ‘giving’ component to this project here is an idea.  If what you are grateful for on any given day brought you joy, toss some change in the jar.  On another day if what you are grateful for brought you great joy, throw a fiver in!  At the end of the pandemic, count the cash in the jar and make a donation to the SLF for that amount!  A way of giving back for all we appreciate.

When the struggle of isolation feels a little overwhelming, glance at the jar and be reminded that you are grateful for so many things in your life, and remember… before too long you will have ‘social gatherings’ and ‘hugs with friends’ to add to the jar!

Take good care of yourself. We are here for you; write us at if we can help in any way.

“The struggle ends when the gratitude begins”.  Neale Donald Walsh