I won't lie this year has been a hard one to focus on counting my blessings, I've lost good people and have other loved ones whose health is failing. This has also not been a great year to be a liberal or one who cares about the environment. I see so much destruction going on in the world, and looking forward I see a long stretch of time where much that was beautiful in this world will cease to be. I see a darkness ahead for us, and yet I have seen beyond it too. Not all that is fair will fade. We are coming into the night lands for a bit.
Now is the time when giving thanks is most important. It is too easy to see what is wrong with our world both on a personal and a global level. Gratitude is a practice, and if you think you have nothing to be grateful for and you are reading this then you are wrong. For starters you can read, many people in this world cannot. You also have power or access to a charging station unlike millions of other people who live without electricity. You are more than likely not starving. There is someone out there who cares deeply for you, even if you don't know it. We live in a world where information is literally at our fingertips, almost the whole breadth of human knowledge is just a google search away.
So if you're worried about the world I have a list of things to be thankful for: solar roofs are going to be an actual thing, you can learn how to do just about anything on Youtube, we are living in one of the most peaceful eras in history, spices are as cheap as they ever have been in history, the up and coming generations are some of the most inclusive and diversity positive people ever, the next generation is also more eco-conscious, Netflix, and there are millions of people dedicating their lives to tackling the world's most pressing problems.
So in this season of doubt and uncertain futures I advise you to hold close to those you love. Gather with people of like mind and heart. Build a fire against the darkness. Keep your heart warm with the glow of hope. Above all be thankful for each breath.
Peace and Blessings,