We had spent Thanksgiving eating our family favorites….deep fried turkey, real mashed potatoes (with lumps as proof), sweet potato souffle, cranberry jelly (can rings included), and stuffing. Blessings and abundance and love. What could be better?
The day after the eating frenzie, we drove south to a state park and met dear friends to hike off the calories. An unseasonably warm, sunny day added glory to the streams and rocks that glaciers had carved out so many years ago. Laughter, slipping in the mud, remembering stories we had written….now called our life, and feeling so very thankful for so many reasons. Some of us felt challenged by the trails marked as “most difficult” but not one of us turned to take the easy trail. Sure, we joked and thought about it, but when it came to the moment of decisive truth, none of us caved. We just kept climbing and pushing our way forward, laughing to ease the pain and encourage one another. Were we crazy? No need to reply. This is the trail. This is life.
In a world of chaos and frenzy that searches for the best deal or cyber-sale, what relief we found…together, after the turkey, on a November day filled with uncharacteristic splendor. Many other families did the same. Gratitude. Abundance. Friendship. Another story written, to recall another time.
“He climbs highest who helps another up” Zig Ziglar