I sometimes have to force myself to make a list of everything I’m grateful for, but right now, and over the last week or so, I’ve been so fortunate to find myself in a balanced space. And, in that space, I spend a lot of time counting my gratitudes. And, I’m most grateful for those people, places, lyrics, books and experiences that can bring me to that place of balance and overt gratitude.
In addition to my family and friends, I am thankful for the communities that lie within Asheville; the brilliance and generousity of those who live here; the strange beautiful nooks and places, the different ways of viewing the world. I appreciate they way the Earth Fare staff takes time to talk with me about what I’m eating. I appreciate being able to buy holiday gifts from local artists or to take any number of classes to help me make my own. When I walk at Carrier Park every morning, I think about the people at the city who designed and pushed to make that place happen. I like that Clingman Cafe is like a living room to so many. I can literally buy all local produce, meats (if I ate them), cheese, milk, bread, fish, tempeh, beer, and even kombucha. Music!
Any day of the week, I can take a yoga class (for free even) that can reset my body and spirit. We have some of the best instructors of so many things living with us in this region. Seriously, some of the best in the world live here, and offer their skills. I’m grateful to be able to continue learning here. I’m thankful to be able to use my skills and experience to work in this community, and to collaborate with so many amazing (seriously awesome) folks. We are a community of seekers, which enables us, as a whole, to grow and thrive if we choose.
I can see the mountains from my backyard y’all. I’m truly, truly grateful to be able to live here. This is one special place, but I don’t need to tell you that. Thank you for all you bring to our communities.
Oh, and also I’m thankful for sweet, sweet delicious sweetened condensed milk–such a technical name for something so delightful!
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