One may ask you during this time of year “what are you thankful for?” and I”d reply with the usual responses such as my family, my health, and a job. As an English Teacher, I’ve become fairly good with rebuttals and modeling techniques. I respond to every question as if a student was asking them. However, what am I truly thankful for? Without a question, I am thankful for my family, health and a decent paying job. But what about the earth that we live on? I never seem to be thankful for the beauty that surrounds us. I take it for granted most of the time.
On a recent trip to Bear Mountain, I decided that I will hike to the very top. During my climb I realized how remarkable this earth truly is. There is soo much land that I’ve have yet to seen. When I reached the top and saw the view of the mountains, rivers, valleys, and trees – I thought that this is the most beautiful scene. Something straight out of a travel book. But this picture was far to surreal, no movie or travel book can replace the personal experience.
So what am I thankful for? In addition to whatever I mentioned, I am thankful for fall foliage and the beauty of this earth.