As we head into an unquestionably strange Thanksgiving week, I got to thinking about that word, or those words; Thanks and Giving. Giving Thanks. While it might seem more of a challenge this year, I truly believe if we search the depths of our being, we can always find something to be thankful for.
I was recently introduced to a children’s book, Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message. It is described on Amazon as “…a message of gratitude that originated with the Native people of upstate New York and Canada and that is still spoken at ceremonial gatherings held by the Iroquois, or Six Nations.”
The premise of the story is to greet each day with gratitude for everything that nature has provided to us. The sun, the moon and the stars, the water and the trees, the birds and the animals. This message hit home on several levels. Initially, I was struck by the fact that regardless of pandemics or politics, sickness or strife, nature is a constant and a blessing. We walk the beach or hike the mountains to find peace and tranquility. We plant gardens to both feed our bodies and our aesthetics. We put out bird feeders in hopes of a glimpse of our vibrant colored winged friends. So in those respects, I am filled with gratitude for nature.
I then began to think about how nature has so many times inspired my art. The glassware designs here at Golden Hill Studio mirror my love of nature which has in turn created a passion and a career for me. And for that I could not be more thankful.
So as you struggle to face this year’s challenges, and maybe even struggle to find something to be thankful for, take a moment to immerse yourself in nature. Whether it’s your own garden, a hike in the woods or a stroll along the shore, breathe it in and be grateful.