Thanks on Thanksgiving

Cycling in Poland at Sunset
Written by Stuart Wickes
Looking out towards Piel Island

In reflective mood

Thanks for Thanksgiving

We don’t have a Thanksgiving holiday over here in England. Our harvest festival has been and gone, and the last of the clingfilm wrapped trays of tinned soup and apples were delivered to the local pensioners weeks ago.  But I do think a day of giving thanks is a good idea.  Personally speaking I don’t do enough of it.

Sunset in Arnside Estuary

There are so many things that happen every day that it’s easy to take for granted

Focusing on what’s good is good for you

I don’t really need an expert with a PsyD in psychology to tell me that focusing on what’s good in my life is a much healthier and happier way of being than ruminating on what’s wrong. That’s obvious, right?? But maybe I do need to be forced to do it a bit more often.  I don’t know if it’s the weather or just being British but it just seems more natural to me to gossip and gloom monger than to give thanks for all the little good things in life. And it’s so easy to stop noticing the good things that happen each and everyday; they become part of the routine and I know I take them for granted.

Mountain Biking Arran

The unusual I notice, but what about the people and things around me everyday?

An adventure in positivity and thankfulness

So this post is my little adventure in positivity for Thanksgiving. A few words and pictures to say thanks for the things I generally take for granted; for the food that has always been in my larder, the roof over my head, the family around me.

Family plays recorder on beach

For family and music and family music

For singing and dancing, music and art. For reading and writing, playing and learning, fun and games. For freedom and choice, love, laughter and a thirst for living.

Lake District

For this incredible place that I can call home

For air and water, mountain top and valley bottom, lakes and rivers, forests and flowers, birds and beasts, sun, rain, sleet and snow.

Climbing wall Morecambe Prom

For freedom and strength and fun

For living and breathing and health and well being. For boats, bikes, boots, tracks, trails and the open road. For incredible opportunities, an open mind, a spirit of adventure.

Cycling in Poland at sunset

For sunrise and sunset. Everyday.

That’s quite a lot to be thankful for. But not forgetting you. Thanks for reading.

What are you thankful for? 

About the author

Stuart Wickes

Stuart's the adventure addict half of the team, always trying to persuade the family to get out, do more, go further. As co-founder and co-director he handles the business, creative, design, technical and publishing aspects of the project. He is our chief photographer and videographer. With training as a professional learning and development consultant. an engineer and musician, his contribution is eclectic and unpredictable!


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