Daily gratitude and rejuvenation.
Why be grateful? I, like many others, find it a grounding and positive perspective, and good for our health, Dr. Robert Emmons, professor at the University of California, agrees and had this to say in a study about gratitude: "Expressions of gratitude are like candy. They keep people coming back for more. It literally breathes new life into us. It recharges and it rejuvenates."
Two of the pillars of Beyond Organic Design are gratitude and social action. We believe that teaching permaculture, design like nature, to youth and adults can create solutions to heal our world. This has given us the opportunity to both learn new things with and from our students, and feel gratitude as we see the impact of 6 years of programming that affirms students as learners and solutionaries.
For example, one shy and unsure 8th grade student in 2015 attended our one-week intensive and a 6-week summer camp. We noticed and highlighted his natural problem-solving skills and whole systems approach as valuable and needed. By 2019 he was confident enough to enroll in an Engineering elective in High School where these traits were essential.
What are we thankful for this Thanksgiving?
Our Beyond Organic Design network is full of organizational partners that allow us to do what we love: changing mindsets and bringing something positive to the world. Being thankful is an essential part of what we do and gift to the community. Finding the silver lining in negative situations helps us as human beings to improve daily. Empowering ourselves and seeing intangible and tangible benefits, helps us develop feelings of gratitude and happiness every day.
Thank you for supporting us, and each of our steps as an organization.