October 2017 Editor's Fix

Can you imagine never feeling grateful? Just going through your day-to-day, one moment to the next, and not having these uplifting feelings and thoughts wave through you? Maybe you don’t notice them, as they are so much a part of you. Or, maybe you don’t take the time to notice how lucky you actually are.

I have been working hard on my gratitude muscle. I’m a person who gravitates towards ‘doing more,’ so can often times find myself jumping from one thing to the next. And what happens is, I don’t appreciate what is happening right now. Fortunately, the best part about muscles is it only takes about 1,000 times to get them firing on their own again. And I’m really grateful for that!

But lately, things have changed a little. Not only have we been dealing with the worst wildfire season in BC’s history since 1958, the news is littered with really terrifying events including: hurricanes Harvey and Irma, some of the strongest and most devastating storms recorded in history with more on the way; Mexico experiencing its biggest earthquake in  centuries; ongoing terrorist attacks around the world; North Korea’s missile test… add to that a meteor flashing through the sky and landing in our little corner of the world, and it all seems a bit… crazy.

Turning on CBC feels like the opening scene to an apocalypse-themed blockbuster hit.

I don’t think I’m alone. And I don’t really know what the answer is. But I do know that it’s important to keep being grateful, as not only can it help us to be more present in our lives, it also has been proven to reduce the occurrence of negative emotions and increase empathy and happiness. And it really feels like we need a whole lot of that right about now.

This month, we are channeling our gratitude towards our community, specifically those who have come together to support and protect us during BC’s wildfire season. We hope you enjoy the stories and features within this edition, and that you and your families all have a very

Happy Thanksgiving.