This week, you can't avoid being told to give thanks. But, there's more to gratitude than cursory platitudes.
Regular reflection on the good things in your life can make you not only more grateful, but also happier, healthier, and more engaged in life. And whether you're a ski bum, peak bagger, or dirt bag climber, who doesn't want a more positive, rewarding life, indoors and out?
So, in this season of thankfulness, try recording three good things in your life. Here are three of mine:
1. I'm thankful for our Trailspace community and every member who makes it a positive, welcoming place. Thank you for sharing your outdoor expertise, smarts, and passion. You make Trailspace a success and I'm glad to be part of it with you.
2. I'm thankful that I have the ability and opportunity to run, hike, and ski up and down mountains, often with my two cool kids and spouse. Not everyone has that freedom or opportunity and I try not to take it for granted. (I don't always succeed, but I've become much more grateful for this since I started sponsoring a woman through Women for Women, a non-profit that helps women survivors of war rebuild their lives.)
3. And, I'm thankful that there are natural places out there — near and far — that challenge, invigorate, inspire, and fulfill me. Sometimes in the middle of a run or ski in my neck of the woods, I stop and just look. Even the view I've seen a hundred times, deserves to be seen again.
I hope each of you have at least three good things in your lives for which to be grateful.