I never thought of camping in a national park as a Thanksgiving holiday destination, but apparently it is for some people. Which is totally brilliant.
I am working on a brillance all my own… this is my first Thanksgiving in Yosemite. It’s been a perfectly crisp fall day. I am working, but it’s been an easy day in the Visitor Center with people I’m rather fond of, selling books and making paper hand-shaped turkeys. And I’m looking forward to a low-key vegetarian dinner tonight at home.
In yoga class on Monday, we were encouraged to think of four things we were immensely grateful for. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far…
- Nature. Specifically the Sierra Nevada and Yosemite, but really nature as a whole. I love the mountains. I love the wilderness. I love that nature has become my life.
- People. My loved ones, friends and family, near and far. I am so grateful for the meaning and purpose that everyone pours into my life. To love and be loved is one of the greatest benefits of being human.
- Myself. I am grateful for who I am and who I am becoming. My passions and health and happiness and work and strengths and imperfections.
- All the things in the Universe that I’m not mentioning due to lack of recognition or forgetfulness or ignorance. How’s that for all-encompassing?
There is something about taking the time to be immensely grateful. Going a step beyond daily thankfulness to see if my heart can burst from being too full… yay life!
“May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.”