How can anyone not be grateful for the natural beauty that we are blessed to experience in this nation. Harrison Lake provides a beautiful photograph even when the sky is cloud covered.
The morning sunlight coming through my windows teased me to come outside for my morning walk and photograph of the lake only to then rain on me once I was a distance from the house. I will consider that message from nature sometime in the future. Today I want to think about thanksgiving.
I know that the genesis of Thanksgiving (the holiday ) and Columbus Day celebrated in the United States this weekend is the myth of “discovery” and that the symbolism of that discovery and resulting colonialism is painful for our First Nations who suffered as a result of that “discovery”. But Thanksgiving the holiday has evolved to be much more than it’s genesis. The holiday has evolved, just as I have (not enough) and my nation has (not nearly enough yet ). Thanksgiving is about gratitude. Gratitude for the privilege of sharing the natural beauty and bounty of this nation. Gratitude to and for your family, friends, good fortune and your creator, if you believe in one.
Take the opportunity to feel grateful for the positives in your life. There are lots of other days to think of negatives and problems.
Photo by Pamela Palmer