On the hill: For this, I am grateful | AspenTimes.com

On the hill: For this, I am grateful

ASPEN – I skied with my kids Monday at Buttermilk. It was, by all accounts, a perfect day on the hill – blue skies and warm temps, groomed slopes with plenty of powder stashes in the tree trails, good friends to ride the lifts with.

Yet, still, I found myself saying over and over again: “Be grateful for what you have, not what you don’t have.”

I wasn’t talking about food or clothes or shelter. If I were, this would be an entirely different column. I was talking about my son not getting to ski the terrain park run after run because his friends wanted to ski somewhere else. I was talking about my daughter not pitching a fit because we had to leave a half-hour before the lifts closed because Mom had to go to work. I was talking about the two of them sharing a piece of chocolate cake at Bump’s because, if it were school day, the brown-bag lunch I packed them would not have included any type of sweet treat.

I think – I hope – they got the message. Or that they will, given enough reminders and enough time to really look around and see how lucky they are.

Of course that’s easier said than done. I, too, forget how lucky we are to live here and have these mountains in our backyard – life gets busy, things get stressful. And, to be perfectly honestly, being grateful is not always easy.

So here’s to a perfect day on the hill – or wherever your passion lies – to remind us all to be grateful for what we have, and not what we don’t have.


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