Day 401 – Thankful for Reminders of Past Gratitude and a Seed to Remember Next Year

The past month and change has been pretty amazing! Every single day at about lunchtime my phone buzzes due to a specific Facebook post. It is the daily reminder of what I posted on this day in past years.

As I pull up the notification I’m now happy to see TWO blog posts… one from last year, and one from two years ago. It’s like this amazing trail of bread crumbs leading to many happy memories, many of which I would have not remembered. I read them and I smile, still thankful for what I was thankful for in the past.

Today was a great example. Last year on this date I was relaxing on the beach, hiking, and enjoying family time on vacation. Two years ago I was thankful for the kitchen table, one of my favorite of my 767 posts to date. Reading both of them brought back so many fond memories and I’m so thankful to have those reminders.

Normally I would wrap up the blog, but today was a special day for another reason. In the spirit of this post I’m going to leave a little seed to remember next year and in future years. This a little cryptic, but I want to have to pause to really think and remember what today meant, the news I received, and another reason why I’m so thankful today.

For a great tree death comes as a gradual transformation. Its vitality ebbs slowly. Even when life has abandoned it entirely it remains a majestic thing. On some hilltop a dead tree may dominate the landscape for miles around. Alone among living things it retains its character and dignity after death. Plants wither; animals disintegrate. But a dead tree may be as arresting, as filled with personality, in death as it is in life. Even in its final moments, when the massive trunk lies prone and it has moldering into a ridge covered with mosses and fungi, it arrives at a fitting and noble end. It enriches and refreshes the earth. And later, as part of other green and growing things, it rises again.

Edwin Way Teale



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