It can be difficult to maintain a positive attitude when faced with opposition; whether it’s rain, fatiguing work, or just the same ol’ PB&J wrap that you’ve had for the last 7 days in a row. It is easy to get distracted by the insignificant trivialities that leave us prone to pessimism. To avert this cycle, gratitude is not only important, but essential. But what should one be grateful for? In nature, there is plenty, of course.
There is the place. The raw beauty of nature and it’s fervent bliss. One cannot help but feel more vulnerable when looking out over the rolling mountains as if you’ve found a part of yourself within this great and expansive land. But the relationship between steward and land is a give and take. One needs to sacrifice time, energy, and more often than not, comfort, to give back to it. When we foster this symbiotic relationship, we feel a sense of connection to a community, a heritage and a culture that stretches far beyond our immediate conception. Experiencing this connection is to not only recognize yourself, but the others that you’re sharing this place with.
The people you create moments with give this place and your experience a unique character and memorable flavor. There are endless conversations, weird jokes, kind gestures, delicious dinners, and so, so much more. These connections create positive communication and healthy relationships that I will always be grateful for. I can tell you from experience, that when facing a rainy day, the difference between a bad day and a great day is the people you get caught in the rain with.