I heard John Oliver say it first. 2016 sucked. I’ll be happy to close out this year, however 2016 offered its own insights and rewards. I am grateful for many things.
- I’m grateful for today. I feel good. I am supported and loved by family and friends. I love my work and my life.
- I’m grateful that I know what is important. Mostly the basics: Community, good food, music, reading the paper or a good book.
- I am grateful for friendship on all levels, from my BFF to people in my life who celebrate me and support me even if they don’t really know me all that well.
- I’m grateful for movement that gives me joy or at least soothes my soul. I often say that yoga on Friday restores me after the week, and yoga on Monday restores me after the weekend. I could say the same about biking, hiking and walking at low tide.
- I’m grateful for the power of nature to quiet my mind and sooth my soul. This year more than ever I stopped to smell the roses, watch a sunset, gaze at the moon.
- I’ve slowed myself down to enjoy the moment. A bike ride with Frank, cooking with Noah in the kitchen, sharing lunch with a friend on the deck, tea parties with my young neighbors.
- I’m grateful that I have become more discriminatory with my time. I resent less, and get to laugh and celebrate more.
- I find great satisfaction teasing out what is important instead of accommodating what someone else thinks is urgent.
- I am grateful for science. Those stuck with a fixed mindset will continue to frustrate me and themselves, but you can’t suppress truth forever. Science will continue to expose the folly of industrial agriculture while more thoughtful farmers, ranchers, and consumers will create change. The promise of regenerative agriculture gives me hope that we can feed ourselves and save the planet.
- On a national and global scope, I am grateful for hope despite despair. I’m deeply troubled by the current political landscape. Yet the spirit and determination of many people tells me there is room for gratitude even now. We have the freedom to learn, to grow, and contribute to a future that works for all of us.
As we navigate the days ahead I’m sure some will continue to react while others choose how to respond to each challenge. I’m going with gratitude. What will you choose?