Today (as a stand-in for yesterday!), I give thanks for play. It took me a while, as an adult, to come to see the importance and in fact necessity of play, but I have definitely come to see it as one of the human needs that is perhaps surprisingly low down on Maslow's hierarchy of needs. Play brings an opportunity for imagination, laughter, connection, lightheartedness. I know that not everyone has access to the time and space that allow for play, and I see that as a deep reflection of the injustice that we more commonly see in the uneven distribution of other resources like money, food, safety. I think that in order to thrive, humans of all ages need opportunities to play, both alone and together, and I'm grateful for my own access to play.
On this last day of the week of Thanksgiving, I give thanks for all the things we don't know, yet. Every day, I wish we could flash forward to a day when we have all the answers for the big questions of our days, but I know that those answers will only lead to more questions, and that's pretty exciting. I like to think about all the things we know now that we didn't know 100 years ago, much less 1000 years, and I know it's pretty much impossible to imagine what the world might look like in 100 years more. It's scary, but it's also exciting, to have so much to discover.