Thankfulness for Fall and More in 2022

Everyone’s out there with cameras and iPhones, capturing the phenomenal colour of this Fall of 2022. I thought I should throw in my contribution to the the beauty on the land, so here are a couple that are probably a little different from what you’ve seen. Mine are about the beauty of the Fall grasses.

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Early Morning Fall at Griffith Woods, Calgary
A local farmer's access road to his fields in the Fall
 

Thanksgiving has passed. I always reflect on what I can be thankful for at this time of year and there is much. As I approach my 80th year I have a lot of life to look back on as well as what this year has given me.


First, of course, I’m thankful that I’m still here and my body and mind are still functioning pretty well.


Right at the top is my wonderful wife, our boys, and their families. What a treat it is to have family living close by so that our visits can happen, with ease, at any time…and they do.


There are our friends and neighbours, some here in Cochrane and others in Calgary and beyond. They all have become so important at this time of life.


I find it interesting to compare. Now, the prime things to be thankful for in my life are people rather than things. If I look back to my earlier years, often my thankfulness was first focussed on tangible things and places.


With my career ended, mobility somewhat curtailed either due to ageing or finances, people now matter the most. Looking back, I think I took longer to figure this out than I might have.


Of course, there is our environment and things that go with our living conditions. The list is long, but some of the more important items are: peace, good food and enough of it, good and reliable transportation, and the availability of skills and services to keep our society functioning.


I’ll save my forecast of what I plan to do in the future for my New Year’s essay, but I will say now that I’m thankful that my life is anything but boring.


Recently, I found this wonderful quote and want to pass it along.

“Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.”
Henri Frederic Amiel
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