Welcome Changes

Nowadays I typically just scan the news very quickly. COVID-19, Black Lives Matter and or protests, the US President and whether a second stimulus check for those in the US dominates the news. I don’t really care for any of it. However, today I learned my employer will be shutting down for Thanksgiving 2020. I’m shocked and feel a BUT…somewhere in the future.

I don’t know why I even bother with the news anymore. There really isn’t anything newsworthy. Various stories about COVID-19, mask mandates, rising deaths, reopening and closing again are 95% of what is reported. There is also the Black Lives Matter, police inequality, protests, the Confederate flag and how businesses are changing anything “racist” including names and logos. Throw in every little thing the US President does or says. Lastly, there is “Who is getting a second stimulus check? When?” articles to fill in the gaps. Do I really care? Nope. Like many, I have become desensitized about all these topics. But the news is the only connection to the outside world, so I tolerate it keeping my opinions to myself.

However, the top of my news feed this morning (right now) was an article that Wal-mart is closing Thanksgiving 2020, the first time in 30 years. Part of me is ecstatic. This will be the first Thanksgiving in perhaps close to a decade I will have a major holiday off. Not only that if I keep my current schedule, I will actually have a three day weekend! Thus, I’m actually grateful. However, I feel a BUT . . . somewhere in the coming in the future.

This is some good news of a $300 bonus for full-time employees who are still working as of July 31, 2020. Unlike my past I also “pay myself” first. It’s been something small like a pair of pants, new blue tooth headphones, a TV. The rest of the extra cash got rid of past financial debts. I no longer have any but student loans. Financial insecurities no longer exist.

Today, it doesn’t matter. The COVID-19 pandemic and any other ridiculous news these days is going to saturate the news for many years in the future. Thanksgiving is many months away and not a concern. Just like everything else in life these days I take things with a grain of salt. If it happens, great. If it doesn’t, oh well. I have learned (and practiced) if I don’t have an expectation, I can’t be disappointed.

That is where I am today. Sober and grateful.

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