At the start of the pandemic, Teresa Lynn admits there were times when the challenges presented by COVID-19 overshadowed her gratitude. “But I had to change my way of thinking. Instead of feeling sorry for myself and my circumstances, I had to start looking at what I had,” says the RN and hospital unit director at Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville. “Once I realized how blessed I was, my whole outlook changed and I became a happier more productive person.”
That realization inspired her to put gratitude into action, volunteering at the vaccine clinic as much as possible and even financially supporting a few individuals who were struggling. “Being grateful for what you have in life and being willing to share that with others who are less fortunate helps you grow spiritually and emotionally,” she says.