Thanksgiving is a time to commemorate gratitude. There are many things for which to be thankful. One thing we are especially thankful for is the traveling we've been able to do. We've been to Lillehammer, Guatemala City, Holden Village, etc. All of these places have been life-changing and life-expanding. The places we visited and the people we met have opened us to seeing the world from different perspectives and enabled us to live life more conscientiously in the moment. Plus, these trips were fun. Seeing fjords in Norway. Exploring Mayan ruins in Guatemala. Hiking around the Cascade Mountains near Holden. These were good times. And sometimes the simple experience of fun can be life-changing and life-expanding, too.
Traveling to different countries - or different parts of the USA - can give people a new perspective on life. It often changes us in profound ways. Alanis Morissette had such an experience when she went to India. The things she saw and people she met helped her to live life more deeply. And in reply, she wrote a thank you note to India in the form of a song called "Thank you." It's an ode to the transformation that happens during travel.
So, on this Thanksgiving, we'd like to express our gratitude for the powerful experiences that happen when traveling. Thank you, Norway - and Norwegians. Thank you, Guatemala - and Guatemalans. Thank you, Holden - and other villagers.