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Taking a Moment

October 23, 2012

As we race towards Halloween next week, the rush to Christmas is next around the corner. One of my pet peeves is that based on American consumerism, it appears that we forget to take a moment to appreciate what we have had. We need to stop and take a moment for Thanksgiving.

Civilization has long held harvest celebrations. The Jewish holiday of Sukkot has a harvest theme including building an open hut to symbolize the time spent out in the fields for a week to bring in  the harvest. Korea’s Chuseok, Japan’s Niiname-sai, the Tamil region’s Thai Pongal, Germany’s Erntedankfest, Guldize in Cornwall and Canada’s October Thanksgiving holiday are just a few of the many worldwide harvest celebrations that take place each year.

When civilization was agrarian, when people’s lives were tied closely with the earth and its food production, it was easy to be more in tune with nature. The completion of the harvest was the time to take a pause to reflect on the bounty of the year.

Today’s New York Times indicated that despite the worst drought in decades, recent sales of farmland in the Midwest have resulted in the highest prices per acre for land. As one farmer noted, interest rates for CDs are ridiculously low and the stock market fluctuations can reduce the value of a portfolio to horrible lows, but the land always exists.

Please plan to spend some time appreciating all we have this Thanksgiving. Our bounty in terms of food, has been especially enhanced this year with the increased access to fresh farm food at the Wild Ramp Market. Think also of all the other freedoms we have.

It is so easy, especially during the political campaigning going on now prior to Election Day, to focus on all those issues that are disturbing. Remember to take a moment to appreciate that the place and time where and when we live, while having its challenges, is a place and time of amazing opportunity. Take a moment to consider, and appreciate the pathway you walk and can walk.

Chose that pathway thoughtfully and remember to say thank you.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 23, 2012 9:31 am

    Great, thanks for reminding us what is important!!!

    • October 23, 2012 9:43 am

      Between the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the football games, a few moments to actually pause and think is a good use of time….if only to help the digestion. *S*

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