Happy Thanksgiving! We are in San Jose celebrating the holiday with Kelly’s extended family, including her 97 year-old grandmother Rosemary – or as the family calls her – Great Granny! Every year we make the journey I feel honored to be part of such a cool clan of people. Rosemary is a rare bird, young in spirit, who always reminds me that age really has so little to do with greatness. It’s not the years we put in, but what we do with the time we are given.
I believe we are all born with natural gifts and talents that must be recognized, cultivated, and acted upon if we are to become the best version of ourselves. Unfortunately, the pace of life, the pursuit of more, and the quest for success often leads us astray, down paths for the wrong reasons. We are also sadly ignoring the wisdom of our elders, who have so much to teach us about what is important in life.
Have you heard of The Elders? I have been following their work for some time and honor their courage to cultivate a world where all can thrive. At the same time, we needn’t rely on Ela Bhatt, Kofi Annan and Mary Robertson for all our inspiration. We can find it right in our own families!
Every Thanksgiving Great Granny puts so much in perspective! Her life has always centered on family, connection, and the sharing of food at the table. Her natural affinity for cooking, also passed on to her twin daughters, means that every Thanksgiving I am the grateful beneficiary of three amazing chefs! When we all gather at the table to break bread, cousin Scotty reminds us through grace of the importance of gratitude, and reflecting on all that is good in our lives, including our time with each other.
The image today of Tamanawas Falls is dedicated to Great Granny and our elders! Tamanawas is not the easiest word to define as it comes from a shared language of tribes that lived along the Columbia River. But there is some agreement that the word represents something endowed with super powers.
All we have to do is listen.