Gratitude

When you eat the fruit of a large tree, do not forget to thank the wind.
Bariba oral tradition

We have so much to be thankful for here in this day and time.
But although many of us perceive of ourselves as a spiritual
people, how often do we really stop to give thanks?

We have clean water to drink, cook and bathe with. Do we give
thanks to the rain and the snow?

When we sit down to our meal, do we recognize that the
vegetables, the grain, and the chicken have given up their life
force in order to sustain us?

When we write out a grocery list, play a musical instrument or
read a blog on a computer, do we remember all of the teachers
who helped us?

Or do we instead spend much of our time in want of something we
don’t yet have?

Let us remember to thank the wind.