I’ve said for many years that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I’m big on celebrations, and from a spiritual perspective, Easter ranks #1, from a festive, decorating perspective – Christmas ranks #1. But for the core reason for the day – you gotta love Thanksgiving!
We have so much to be Thankful for and are so abundantly rich in so many ways!! In a year or two of personal struggles (not to mention this economy which has been a struggle, in some way or another, for almost EVERYONE) I can still say with absolute certainty that we have much to be Thankful for.
Of course I want to thank those of you who entrusted me with the sale of your home, or finding you a new home that you and your family can spend many happy years in. And thank you for your many referrals. At my 20th anniversary of being a licensed Real Estate professional – and just seven years in residential Real Estate – it was fun to see that “seven year itch” begin to bring me repeat business. Thank you!!
But I am going to shift gears here and focus on one of the things I am most Thankful for. Mt. Diablo.
Mt. Diablo? Why would I be thankful for a Mountain in our backyard? Because I grew up in the Midwest – outside Chicago (I remember telling someone as a kid, by mistake, that I was from the Middle East – I meant the Midwest!). We didn’t have Mountains. We didn’t even have hills. The greatest elevation gain we had was a rolling (man made) hill on the golf course. FLAT!!
I went to camp in the Rocky Mountains as a kid. College and graduate school took me to the Cascade Mountains, and then I settled in to raise my family at the base of Mt. Diablo. Isn’t it so beautiful any time of year? Velvet green in the spring, golden brown in the fall – even white capped in snow in the winter. But most importantly, a Mountain we can visually enjoy and physically embrace.
Susy’s White Arrows.
As some of you know, I am blessed with a wonderful group of friends who I hike and “trail run” with a couple of times a week. I have to admit that while I had lived at the base of Mt. Diablo for almost 20 years, I didn’t get up on to the mountain until about five years ago when after several persistent invitations from my friend Susy, I finally got out to hike Mt. Diablo with her group.
Ranging from five to twenty five hikers at any given time, this group of friends (mostly woman – but not all) have become one of the things in my life I am most Thankful for. We call it “therapy at the right price!” We are out in the sun, rain and wilderness for 2+ hours a couple of times a week with friends; talking jobs, stresses, kids and everything in between. It’s a blessing!!
Susy is far more athletic than I am – so she graciously marks her path with white arrows of Organic Flour – so if you are fast, slow, running, walking or hiking, we have a path to follow that Susy has plotted out for us. Thank YOU!!
And I’ve heard others out on the Mountain say “Oh, are you guys the ones who leave the white arrows? I’ve followed those arrows when I was lost!” It’s organic and washes away in the rain – but it’s so great in the moment to know that I don’t have to think about where we are going – just follow the White Arrows!
So on Sunday morning when I was reading the Contra Costa Times I was taken by Gary Bogue’s column addressing the Save Mount Diablo Foundation’s effort to raise the final $100,000 needed to purchase the Viera-North Peak Open Space. In the final week of the campaign, Gary has managed to raise about $70,000. In an effort to raise the remaining $30,444 needed, he has managed to get the Lesher Foundation to create a matching fund.
So let’s kick it up and write a check to “Save Mt. Diablo”. Any little bit matters – big or small. If you are Thankful for that towering Mountain that looks down upon us, drop off a check (made out to “Save Mt. Diablo”), for $20 or even just a few bucks.
I will be collecting these funds at my office (J. Rockcliff Realtors 15 Railroad Ave., Danville, in the back corner of the Trader Joe’s center). Or you can mail them directly to “Save Mt. Diablo – Friends of Gary” 1901 Olympic Blvd, #220, Walnut Creek, CA 94596.
But do me a favor and put in the memo “Susy’s White Arrows” – those who know will get a chuckle out of it !!
Blessings to each of you at this most favorite holiday – Thanksgiving! Enjoy family and friends. If you are alone, give to others who are less fortunate than you, or take the offerings of those who are there to help you.
Thanksgiving is about saying Thank you. Thank you to each and everyone one of you for all you do to make this such a great place to live!!