|On the bridge over the Fraser River|
Soon, it will be Christmas! And then New Year's Eve...and the year 2011 will drift away into the past.
Years ago, when I was in my teens, I wondered where I would be when I was in my sixties. I didn't realize, at that age, how quickly the years pass...and that I would be here, in my dotage, before I knew it.
|The Williams Lake Stampede Grounds|
I do remember the dramatic, life-changing occasions...yet the details, the fine-tuning that occurred, what I did to learn the lesson that had been presented to me...those have mostly left me.
Not all of those choices were correct...in fact, many of them weren't. And these are the ones that come up, during quiet or even not so quiet, moments. It seems quite strange to me...I thought I had put the past completely to rest.
|The beautiful, green Chilko River|
It is quite like an awakening.
|Pelicans! Photo taken from information booth|
Something I quite obviously did not do the first time around, when these events actually happened. I'd guess the actions required to reach forgiveness were not done at the time.
So even if time passes so quickly and memories fade with its passage, it seems events which turned out badly, if they haven't been dealt with, will come back...at the age of sixty, or seventy or even older.
|Hay field in the Chilcotin|
Until now. With a laugh, my friend told me it was impossible to get away with anything...those deeds that were hidden in a bottomless void in her mind eventually caught up with her.
At the age of 95.
Thanksgiving, of course, returns each and every year. As I write this, I try and remember past holidays, specific things about Thanksgiving. I cannot. They all meld into one.
|An old barn in the Chilcotin District|
It's a really good thing to know...
I feel much lighter these days, those bubbles of happiness much more prevalent.
This year, we will travel to the Coast for another Thanksgiving with the family. This year, I will go with a little more awareness of what makes me tick.
The years pass by so quickly, as if life were all a dream.
|The Sun, Clouds and a green Orb!|
Sounds pretty good to me...
Happy Thanksgiving! May your day be filled with good thoughts, from the past and the present!