As it is the Eve of Thanksgiving, I decided to post something about my gratitude for the sustaining powers of nature. The first place that came to mind was Apalachicola. The area is so pristine and unspoiled and there is natural beauty everywhere. Then I thought of the fragility of our universe, and how so much is threatened, but still in little pockets there are beautiful flowers that support tiny iridescent insects. Our society tells us that there is scarcity and not enough to go around, and with population growth spiraling out of control it is easy to become depressed by this and want to stockpile whatever resources there are for our own consumption. It leads to taking more than we need and leaving nothing for those less fortunate. Many fall into the mindset of competition and even war. Once that road is embarked upon, divisiveness trumps harmony. When I mediated today, this image came to mind and as well as the thought that we should take only what we truly require for our survival and live in harmony with nature as best we can. Then these tiny flowers will continue to endure and if they do, then we too will have a chance. This Thanksgiving take a moment to appreciate how nature's bounty supports you and think of ways you can return the favor. We are as fragile as she is and we depend on her for our survival. Blessings to all.