Because one day of Thanksgiving isn't enough (3 of 7)
Today, despite the vast unpleasantness of the Wintry Mix falling from the sky, I give thanks for the wonders of the natural world. Over this summer, I noticed that our front patio is perfectly situated to frame a spectacular sunset pretty much every night, and all fall, I've been caught breathless by the brilliant colors of the foliage. When I'm feeling restless or anxious or sad, stepping outside and taking a moment to notice some small detail of the world around me gives me a moment of calm. Looking at patterns that echo themselves across many different natural systems gives a clue as to the fundamental workings of matter and the universe.
The wild peace and wonder of nature is the most basic definition of a blessing: something wonderful unasked, unearned, undeserved, and wholly outside any system of exchange.