Contest: Gratitude

It’s been a trying year, and it’s important to keep perspective and remember that we have much to be grateful for. First and foremost, I am grateful for the health of my family and friends. My mother in law contracted Covid at the beginning of this year, and it nearly took her life. Mrs. Beorn traveled to Mexico, to take care of her mother. Her efforts saved her mother’s life, but in the process she herself contracted Covid. This meant that for the first two months of this year, my wife was stuck in Mexico, sick, and unable to return home. I was back home working, and wishing I could do more to help.

It can be all too easy to judge others, especially when we lack important context or are unable to empathize with another person’s situation. Mrs. Beorn is studying to become a nurse, so she is uniquely qualified to take care of her mother. Also, at the time her mother was infected with Covid, ICU beds in her local hospital were full. What followed was a heroic effort on the part of everyone in my wife’s family to transform their mother’s home into an ad hoc ICU. Everyone pitched in and they were able to help their mother fight off the virus.

That she herself contracted Covid in the process of saving her mother was a price that Mrs. Beorn would not and did not hesitate to pay. The most trying times in our lives force us to examine, honestly and deeply, what our priorities actually are. I am so proud of my wife for being willing to sacrifice for what she believes in. That is not to say that any of this was easy, while it was happening. Most worthwhile endeavors in life are anything but easy.

As the year comes to a close, I’d like to once again give back to the community with a contest. It just so happens that I have an extra copy of The Scouring of the Shire. This ALeP-designed quest makes the perfect epilogue to any avid players’ saga campaign. In addition, I’m going to add a few exclusive Hall of Beorn promotional alternate art cards. The rules of the contest are simple: Write a comment below with something you are grateful for. It does not have to be about the game, just anything which sparks gratitude for you. I will announce the winner sometime early next year. Happy holidays to all of my readers, and thank you for being a part of a community which brings me so much joy.

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19 Responses to Contest: Gratitude

  1. Kyle Dellis says:

    I am thankful for my Faith, which has been a light house during so much of life’s craziness. It has taught me how to handle the trials of having kids, the joys of raising kids, how to be a man, how to be a husband, and how to live my life for a true purpose.

    • Mike Gracey says:

      Awesome to hear about your faith and how its directing you in your life Kyle! Im a Christian and am also so grateful for the faith and Church family that I have known most of my life. Whether going through good times or bad, it has always been there to get me though. And with Christmas around the corner, I look forward to celebrating the real meaning of Christmas; Christs birth!

    • mrthomnas says:

      I’m grateful that my own health seems to finally be taking a turn for the better. After struggling with horrible migraines for the last decade with increasing frequency and intensity the last 6 months on top of near crippling PTSD and depression/anxiety, everything is finally settling into place to where things were before Covid hit and I have hope again. It’s refreshing. The majority of my progress wouldn’t have been possible without my care team, but this community is also a large contributor as I look towards 2022 and beyond.

  2. morganbabaarno says:

    What a very nice post! I am grateful for many things, without doubt first and foremost are my wife and kids. Regarding the game, I’m most grateful for the terrific community — everyone I’ve interacted with about this game has been so nice and welcoming. A class above most other realms on the internet

  3. Copterman says:

    I am grateful for my new job. I was miserable in my other job and it was affecting my joy and my family. My wife and I decided it was best for me to quit. I used to drive 1.5 hours to my other job. Now my new job is 3 miles from my house. Our life in 2022 will be much improved. Thankful that we took a step of faith. God answered our prayers.

  4. Michael says:

    I’m grateful that l live in New Zealand where we have been able to live largely normal lives for much of the last 18 months and where we are privileged to have significant vaccination levels when covid got out into the community this August. I’m also grateful for this game and the entertainment it has given to me during the few periods of lockdown that we have gone through, and for the online community that has supported this interest!

  5. durinsfather says:

    I think it is fair to say that this has been the hardest year of my life, with my health suffering from stress and anxiety, plus the year ending on bankruptcy for the company I worked for. So I am glad that I can always escape to the game and its wonderful community. I have been playing remotely with a group every weekend, which has helped me to take my mind off of things. Sadly, I was unable to attend a convention this year due to COVID, but I hope 2022 will be better suited for some more physical games.
    Also thankful for the effort that this community has put into improving the game with additions like fan-made content and the introduction of DragnCards, making it easier to get invested into the game again.

  6. Strainage says:

    My first son was born this past November 12th. He was unexpectedly early, but healthy. Fast forward a couple of weeks and he and I contracted COVID. It was mild for both of us, but nerve wracking for my wife and I with the potential for our newborn to run a high fever and be hospitalized. Now, we are all healthy and looking forward to celebrating our first Christmas together!

    These past few years have been challenging, but have helped me refocus on the importance of family. Remote work has also allowed me to be with my little one more than I had anticipated during this beginning stage.

    I’m truly thankful.

  7. James says:

    I’m thankful to be out of lock down and being able to see real, actual people again. The last two years have seen 250+ days being locked down, and you can see the mental health of so many people declining during that time. I’m thankful we’re now able to go out and interact again, bring back some normalcy.

  8. Joshua Murphy says:

    Other people’s trials always seem to give me a fresh perspective on my own. You guys really went through the wringer this year, I’m glad everything worked out for your wife and her mother.

    As for myself, I am grateful for the friends and family members who contributed time and money to help us fix up our unexpectedly broken “new” home. We moved in at the end of last year and quickly realized that, though things looked good and passed the home inspector without raising suspicion, there was a lot wrong beneath the surface (and behind the walls). I’ve spent most of my free time this year learning to drywall, do electrical wiring, repair masonry, and fix plumbing. Thankfully, I’ve not had to go it alone. So many people gave us their time, money, expertise, and words of encouragement. I’m still frustrated by our home but encouraged by our community.

  9. GreenWizard says:

    I am truly thankful for life, in general. I’m thankful for the little things that I so often ignore, I’m thankful for all of my friends and family who are so supportive, and I am thankful for the big events, however uncomfortable or scary, for without them I wouldn’t learn. I am thankful for finding this wonderful game, which in turn led to this wonderful community. I am thankful for free time, I am thankful for vacations and travelling, and I am thankful for all opportunities life throws at me. All in all, I am very thankful for each and every moment of life!

  10. Patrick Connors says:

    I’m a high school teacher in Kenosha and have worked through the entire covid crisis. We have had a ROUGH few years with aggressive parents opposing/supporting covid measures, students standing up for their rights in the BLM movement and all the drama that came from the election. Through all of that I am thankful for how much the students have been able to handle the measures in place to protect them and their community, I’m thankful that though many have been active protestors, only a few have been injured and none have been killed, and I’m thankful that none of my students have lost their lives to covid meaning all the measures we have had to live with are working to some effect.

  11. lker137 says:

    I am thankful for the awesome, supportive community that has formed around this game. As a latecomer to the game resources such as this blog (and others) and various podcasts have helped me navigate through the daunting amount of content and get into the game. Especially through COVID, this game had been a great way to unwind. Thanks to everyone who takes the time to help others get into this great game.

  12. David says:

    I’m grateful I can randomly read a blog about a game I love and then mixed in with that is a surprise reminder that snaps me back to the reality of how blessed I am and how it makes me remember to be grateful for everything, big and small that I have this life. Despite the craziness that parts of the world are experiencing right now, I truly believe that Sam’s words ring true when he says:
    “there is still some good left in this world Mr Frodo, and its worth fighting for”
    But to make a quick list, I’m grateful firstly for my God, who loves me and whom I love and without whom nothing in this life has much meaning at all. I’m grateful for my own family, my wonderful wife and children who are insanely precious to me. I’m grateful for my extended family who graciously allows us to spend December holidays with them every year. The fact that we all have our health and that we’re also more aware how much that health is worth after these two trying years. I’m also grateful for the adversities I’ve faced this year which have shaped me into a different man than I was in January, I definitely wouldn’t take them back… Lastly, I’m grateful I have another year to live to try actively and intentionally to help those around me and become a better man in my church, my family, my job and my social life. And thanks for the reminder to be grateful, I appreciate it more than you know!

  13. Simon says:

    Thank you for this reminder.
    I’m thankful I can study in good conditions, doing what I love and still have some time to play the games I love as well.

  14. ScrawlKnight says:

    I’m grateful for my family! Especially so after having to spend extended periods without being able to see them.

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  16. Jim K says:

    I am grateful for the memories of those I have lost to covid over the past 2 years.. both parents and work colleagues alike, I’m grateful for all that they have contributed into my life, and for the treasured memories I will keep of each of them.
    Thankyou.

    Jim Kilpin
    jimkilpin@aol.com

  17. Joey Olsen says:

    I am thankful for my health and my family. Prior to the pandemic I took both for granted and was just part of the rat race of life. We have since slowed down and set aside intentional time to connect with one another and celebrate each other. I wish it did not take a world wide pandemic to have this occur. However, I am thankful that I / we have taken these steps.

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