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​Counting Our Blessings: Things to be Thankful For

Posted by on Nov 18th 2016

As we begin to wrap up the year and think about the last 12 months with the benefit of hindsight, it becomes clear that 2016 has been an uncharacteristically difficult year for the country, and world, at large. An endlessly gray parade of iconic celebrity deaths, countless instances of violence and tragedy, and an election cycle that gave us all a permanent headache are just some of the factors that contributed to 2016 being ubiquitously dubbed “The Worst Year, Ever.

But as we also find ourselves in a period of reflection and transition, it’s important to note that now is the time for gratitude. And we’re not talking about that easy kind of appreciation, where you list off the transparently positive things in your own life. We’re talking about the real, nitty-gritty type of gratitude that requires some real thought. So, we looked back at some of what we’ve written about throughout the year, and discovered that we’ve been talking about things worth celebrating all year long.

As we embark on this endeavor to count our blessings, we’re trying to include items that we can all agree on. The internet is often where we go to commiserate and vent our frustrations, but right now, we’d like to take a moment to recognize some areaswhere things are going pretty well.

Here are some things you might be grateful for, without even realizing it…

Breaking New Ground(s):

In case you haven’t noticed, every day it is a new world out there. Emerging technologies, new scientific discoveries, and foundational shake-ups to the socio-political landscape are redefining the world that we live in, often in such a way so as to make life more comfortable, safe, and enriching.

Even in our own little niche corner of the world, we see these developments having a palpable impact. New methods for brewing coffee and taking coffee on-the-go are being invented all the time, and science consistently reveals fascinating facts about coffee and how it affects the human body. We can recycle old coffee beans, make better/more sustainable use of the land, and even prevent climate change thanks to the human capacity for learning and adapting.

Even when things look challenging, it’s possible to keep sight of the silver lining when you consider what human beings are capable of.

Making Connections:

Even though many of us disagree on a lot of important issues, it’s amazing to see how inter-connected our communication and co-existence has become. In other words,conversations that were once held in coffee shops can now occur anytime, anyplace.

In many ways, social networking has turned the entire world into a 24-hour coffee shop. If the café is where we traditionally go to exchange ideas, take a moment to ourselves, and maybe even find a needed service the community board, it has not been replaced so much as added to by the internet of things.

It’s easy to feel bogged down in the negative dialogue; the political debates, fraudulent news, and celebrity gossip. But we don’t need to get bogged down in such things. Right now, somewhere in the world, someone is finding emotional support through their social network. Tomorrow morning, eyes will be opened when individuals are presented with new information through digital news sharing. A parent can speak to their child face-to-face, despite the obstacle of distance, thanks to the marvels of modern technology. That is truly something to be grateful for.

A Season of Change:

Here we are, knee-deep in one of the most significantly morphing seasons of the year, and boy are we immersed in change on a broader level. For some, the change might be overwhelming, for others, exciting. But no matter how you look at something, it’s bound to change eventually.

That can be a dizzying fact to wrap your head around, the idea that change is always impending. But if you choose for it to be, it can also be an incredibly enlightening notion to keep in mind. Have you ever been liberated by the knowledge that nothing lasts forever?

And yet, not all change is good, of course. Climate change, for example, threatens our industry with adverse growing conditions, invasive and threatening species, and a generally problematic impact on the world’s health. But again, change happens to all things, and even world-threatening events can become less threatening, over time. Scientists are working hard to find solutions to climate change, and there are already some solid ideas for dealing with climate change’s impact on coffee growth around the world.

Every time you discover a new door, there are infinite possibilities behind it. And that’s something to say thanks for.

One thing’s for sure: You can’t feel gratitude if you don’t take care of yourself. Having low energy and denying yourself of life’s basic pleasures are easy ways to blind yourself to that which is good in the world.

So if you’re at a loss for words when it comes to articulating what you’re grateful for, remember this. You can still buy Habits Coffee online. With a few clicks, you can have our premium Ka’u coffee beans traveling to your doorstep on their way to your morning cup.

And that is definitely something to be grateful for. Happy Thanksgiving, America.