Fall Seeds of Wisdom: Gratitude
Welcome to Skagit Seedlings first Seasonal Seeds of Wisdom blog series! As we have transitioned our brand from Allen Grange Educational Center located in Bow to our new location in South Mount Vernon, we have spent a lot of time thinking how we want our mission to evolve, expand and create community involvement. Our new name “Skagit Seedlings” serves as our foundational inspiration. Life, thought, learning, and moving all are sparked by that first moment in time, where a love of doing, feeling, and tasting are discovered. At the same time many virtuous seeds are sharing this educational journey, growing their roots one experience at a time.
Today our personal message is two-fold. First, to help children and adults find that magical unexplainable moment of discovery and second, to help grow it up by awaking the virtues of each season of life. This new blog series will explore a virtue or group of virtues per season. Since fall & the holiday season is naturally the season of gratitude we are starting our blogging journey with the seed of thankfulness.
While there are multiple things to be thankful for during this harvest season, looking daily toward thankfulness in our hardest moments of unpredictability and disappointment can plant the most virtuous seed of all… hope.
Henry Ward Beecher said, “The unthankful heart… discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!.”
Our life paths are anything, but predictable. The Internet and all its wonder often wants us to believe that everyone is living in a perfect utopia. The truth is it’s all a lie. Don’t let your mind buy into the belief of the “if only.” We are all on this earth to experience both the tribulation and joy that life brings. The only way true joy is discovered is through much tribulation. It is never fun, but finding an attitude of gratitude in your moment of long suffering often is exceedingly rewarded.
You might be saying ‘how is that possible?’ and ‘how could I ever make my child understand such a thing or even want them to experience that type of pain?’
The truth is you will never have to worry; a lady called experience will hold their hand as they explore each season of life. Let your child fall, let them feel, let them find their way and they will surprise you. Strength and thankfulness have a way of growing inch by inch toward the light with each challenge thrown their way. The best you can do is encourage them to feel those emotions of disappointment and change, and guide them to seek out what to be thankful for in those moments when plans spring a rye.
Kahil Gibran says it best in his chapter V on Giving;
“For in truth it is life that gives unto life – while you, who deem yourself a giver, are but a witness.
And you receivers – and you are all receivers – assume no weight of gratitude, lest you lay a yoke upon yourself and upon him who gives.
Rather rise together with the giver on his gifts as on wings; For to be overmindful of your debt, is to doubt his generosity who has the free-hearted earth for mother, and God for father.”
Throughout this transformative season look to the seed of gratitude to celebrate and come to peace with each valuable lesson learned in your steps taken in 2017. Much like Pollyanna played the “glad game” let us practice the game of thankfulness and words of gratitude daily in our minds and actions.
Blessings abound to you and yours in this season of gratitude
Amy Christianson & the Skagit Seedlings family
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