By Victoria Schmidt
Trying a different tactic
It’s been two years now, and everywhere I go I hear the “C” word. Get your minds out of the gutter! I am talking “COVID” or “CC” “Complaining about COVID.” I, personally have heard about all I care to hear. It is 2022 and they still haven’t found a cure for the common cold, so you should be grateful they even have vaccines for COVID! That is my cure, my attitude adjustment. I’m going to start being grateful.
First, I’m grateful I haven’t gotten COVID. I am grateful that simple, uncomplicated things like washing my hands, and wearing a mask and social distancing are easy ways to help keep myself safe. I am grateful that the medical community has told us the ways in which we can stay safe.
I’m grateful that somewhere along the line I was granted common sense and patience. I’m grateful that as a student of history I have seen how we survived the previous pandemics. I’d be really grateful if the naysayers would just keep their thoughts to themselves. Grandma always said, “If you don’t have anything nice to say about something, don’t say anything at all.”
So, I’m grateful for grandma.
Each day I’m going to start off being grateful for something. Like today, getting out of bed feeling well, I was grateful for. Grateful that I have responsibilities and that I have reasons to get out of bed. I’m really grateful for the Internet every day because it makes my life so much easier. And I am grateful for my friend who gets me out of trouble with the Internet because the software designers keep insisting on upgrading everything. I might even be so grateful to those software designers if they gave me an “opt out of upgrade for this slight fee” option so I can pay to keep things the way I understand them.
I’m going to be really grateful when I remember to tell my landlady about that dripping facet. And when I find that cockroach that has been hiding under the sofa finally shows itself, I will be grateful when showing it the door.
When I am stuck in traffic I am grateful that I have a car to drive, even if it is just a loaner. And I will be thankful when I master knowing exactly which day of the week it is. I am grateful that my smart phone does know the correct day of the week.
When you stop and think about it, there are a lot of things to be grateful for every day. We just have to change our mind set. I don’t know how all this COVID business will end up, but I am grateful for the doctors and scientists researching it. To the people treating it. For those who are no longer dying from it. And for the lessons we are learning from it. The goal is to learn so that we may be better prepared for the next thing that comes along. I’m very grateful for that.
[Correction: Last month’s editorial was attributed to Sally Asante by my error. Sorry Sally. It really should have simply said Staff, as several contributions were made.]
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Victoria Schmidt came to Mexico with her husband, in 2007. She is a graduate of Moorhead State University, Minnesota and graduated Cum Laude with a BA degree in Radio, Television and Film. At 23 she was hired at multi-national media corporation, where she worked 10 years as their Director for Operations and Finance. She then ran her own business consulting company. She has won multiple community service awards. Writing has been a passion of Victoria’s since Junior High. She has been active in the writing and publishing business for over 40 years and has been a columnist for the Ojo del Lago since 2008.