Canadian Thanksgiving occurs each year on the 2nd Monday of October and celebrates the harvest and blessings of the year. It is a time when many take stock of their situation, as they are surrounded by family and friends, at a table loaded with so much bounty.
Not long back from a week in the Rocky Mountain Jasper National Park, we found it easy to feel Gratitude, when looking at scenes like that in my feature photo (those posts will be shared shortly), every day.
But, during Covid, weeks away are few and far between for us and for many who do not even get such a break. Dealing with the chaos of Covid and climate change, the angry maelstrom of political, racial, gender and opinion intolerance and simply trying to get by in daily life, many do not feel thankful, right now and I get that.
All too often we moan about our lot in life, the weather, the politicians, crazy neighbours or just stuff. This Thanksgiving, we will not be surrounded by our neighbours, friends or family, as we are still keeping our Covid bubble small. We will Skype with one son and daughter, and likely connect with the other son and daughter in a week or so, when they are back home on the West Coast. Our best friend neighbours are no longer across the fence and the beautiful fall weather we have enjoyed for the past three weeks has taken a sharp right turn towards winter. But, all that aside, I am truly grateful for all that I do have.
Gratitude is the Attitude
A wonderful life, with a beautiful wife,
acceptable health and sufficient wealth,
enough to eat and friends to distance meet,
two daughters, two sons and abundant fun,
a comfortable home with room to roam,
roads for electric bikes and paths to hike,
for back deck bubble visits, sans trouble,
for bloggers I read and those who read me,
for an attitude of much gratitude,
I am truly thankful for all these things.
I seldom assign homework to my readers, but in this case, please take time to think of what or who you are grateful for. If you feel like sharing, please do. If not, say your gratitudes to yourself. Happy Canadian Thanksgiving everyone.