Hello and welcome to this glorious Friday, July 24, 2020! Today is a rare and precious day that will never come again. I’m truly grateful for this day, and as we talked about last week, I’m not sure if I’ll get another!
My intention for this day is Gratitude, or as I like to call it: Gratti-Atti-Attitude! During my morning reflection, I considered how many people (places and things) I get to thank for my precious life. I was overwhelmed! The influx of memories and images of those I must thank turned out to be infinite.
My gratitude list began by calling to mind family members and friends, teachers and preachers, store clerks and bank tellers, firefighters and doctors, police officers and even high school principles. This was just the beginning.
I reflected on my sweet little hometown of Gunnison, CO and all its surrounding areas that touched my heart, graced me with connection, and created a welcoming sense of home. Every time I think about these places and when I get the opportunity to visit, I feel a comforting embrace. Moving beyond Gunnison, I called to mind many journeys, both near and far, that influenced how I perceive the world. I then thought about those who I met in graduate school who humbled me with their experiences from places I never knew existed. This led me to consider all those who have contributed to my life that I will most likely never meet.
I visualized in my caffeinated mind the farmers and their lands, the ranchers and their herds, the birds in the sky and the fish in the streams, lakes, and seas. I thought about factory workers in Taiwan; berry pickers in Mexico; Ethiopian coffee growers; Brazilian banana harvesters and all those involved in making my many pairs of cat socks – that list alone is endless! Meow! But there are still more to thank.
Inspired by my anthropology graduate studies, I considered tribes deep in the Amazon jungle who have yet to meet an outsider. Yes, even they have contributed to my life. I am discovering that there is not an individual, plant, animal or mineral, past or present, on this glorious blue orbiting satellite that does not in some way support my one rare and precious life. Regardless of how infinitesimally small the impact, everything and everyone that exists today and throughout history has in some way, I am convinced, contributed to my life.