When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.
- John Muir
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because it stays true to its origin story. Our Thanksgiving tradition may look nothing like the first meal between the Pilgrims and Native Americans, but any prompt to peacefully come together is a good one. The simple act of gathering around a table and breaking bread with friends, family and anyone who needs a place at the table, helps us to pause and tap into a more universal current. Preparing and serving food reminds us to celebrate the planet that feeds us. And this holiday reminds us that we are connected and that laughter is the best dessert.
We all know about good manners – it’s good manners to thank people for a gift with a note or, at the very least, verbally acknowledge anyone who has made your day-to-day life brighter or easier. Expressing gratitude, on the other hand, goes much deeper and calls on our better angels. This week I received a thank you letter and handmade gift so beautiful, so poignant, that it made me teary. Her gracious and meaningful words transcended good manners or obligation, and expanded my world. She expressed gratitude, and I felt gratitude for the light she bestowed. It was a lovely exchange, and reminded me to be more disciplined and to do the same for the myriad of people who support me.
Thank you to all who read this blog, who cheer us on, and who support our quirky and dedicated studio. We could never do this without you. Plain and simple.
Now off to rummage in my closet for trousers with a looser waistband.
Safe travels if you are doing so, and Happy Thanksgiving!