We recently traveled on our second Wine and Chocolate tour of the Peninsula and Washington State coast and it was memorable! It just happened to include Valentine’s Day this time around. We saw caribou, the west coast of the state of Washington and its otherwordly rock formations with trees growing out of them, waterfalls, the Hoh Rain Forest, tasted wine and ale, enjoyed chocolate, ate fresh Dungeness Crab and made smores by the fire.
It was a memorable family experience and we totally enjoyed all that nature has to offer. We stayed in a hunting lodge in the rain forest and walked the stormy coast of Washington state. We stayed in an old barn converted to a bed and breakfast, lounged on a private beach and enjoyed view of the the Olympic Mountains. We also saw lighthouses and visited Crescent Lake. It was an unforgettable journey.
I believe it is human nature that we take everything for granted. We always want what we do not have. The grass always seems greener on the other side of the hill. Our memories only include the positive things or what we want to remember. But today I am making a conscious effort, and every day after this I hope, to be thankful for everything that I have. I want to be grateful and not always want something else, something different, something better. I don’t want to be stubborn and stereotypical and always long for something different, then getting broad-sided when I lose what I have. I don’t want to feel that grief of loss and regret, wishing I had appreciated everything I had BEFORE I lost it.
So as we approach this Valentine’s Day, whether all of you have a Valentine or someone special to spend it with or not, take the time to be grateful and thankful for all that you have. Take the time to smell the roses and enjoy the sunrise and sunset. Be grateful for your family, friends, job, car, house or apartment and remember to remind yourself to be grateful every day of your life.