by Andru McCracken, Editor
Today over coffee I was pondering all the people in my life that are really screwed up and would benefit from practicing some gratitude… I heard a story on CBC about the benefits of gratitude and not only does it make people nicer to be around, it’s good for their health. I pondered that self righteously for a moment and had the tiniest itsiest bitsiest rarest of insights…
Here’s a top ten list of what I am grateful for:
- Snow. I am so lucky to have some snow and some safe places I can ski with my friends. It’s largely because of the hard work of my friends and community members.
- Roasted Bean coffee from McBride. Locally crafted, it fills our kitchen with wonderful smells and flavours. I know the beans are grown somewhere else, but it is so awesome to have a quality local product that’s fresh and lovely. This is a bit of a plug, because frankly I don’t think enough people know how good it is and it’s made right here at home!
- My sled works. I can’t say how long it will (I am knocking on wood as I write this), but my reliable steed has not only brought me and friends to the top of Crystal Ridge, it’s managed to haul out a broken down sled (which earned me some beer that I am also thankful for!). It also lasted whatever craziness happened with my wife in the mountains this weekend while I was on the avalanche course.
- Fresh Craft Beer. Imagine a place where you can take your child as you go for a social drink, laugh with friends and drink really awesome beer. I’m lucky to live here and have access to it. (BTW I believe Thursday night is baby night.)
- Friends. Not just friends but friends who love the outdoors and squeal like children as they race down through trees and snow covered slopes like crazy pixies.
- A healthy family.
- A baby that slept until 7am this morning.
- My parents’ health.
- Being surrounded by beautiful mountains and bright sunlight.
- Great baby sitters.
There’s more, it’s not a perfect list, but … mmm…. I think that helped.
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