Days 1-10 Recap for GoTY2 (Gratitude on Tunnel Year 2)

These posts were posted daily on the Scott Inside Out Facebook page.

Day 10 of 30 GoTY2 (Gratitude on Tunnel Year 2)

What are you grateful for?

I am grateful to live in an area with an abundance of wildlife.

After hiking up Tunnel this morning I saw these deer in town.

Day 9 of 30 – GoTY2 (Gratitude on Tunnel Year 2)

I am grateful for being an open-minded and curious person.

I was not always this way.

Up until and including my early 20’s I was pretty close-minded.

If I wasn’t open-minded and curious I would…
– still be on daily psychiatric medication
– be working in the corporate world in a job that I didn’t enjoy
– not be living in my dream location
– not be able to be as present as I am with people
– not have learned how to turn my mind off
– not have learned how to shift my mindset quickly
– still have predominantly negative thoughts running
– not have as large a network as I do
– not have embraced my spirituality
– not have learned and be teaching an energy tool
– and many other things!

What are you grateful for?

Day 8 of 30 – GoTY2 (Gratitude on Tunnel Year 2)

What are you grateful for?

FYI – if you live in Banff/Canmore and are able/interested in joining me hiking up Tunnel tomorrow morning, I’ll be starting at 8am from the St Julien Rd parking lot trailhead. The trail is a little slippery in places.

I am grateful to have easy access to clean drinking water.

Many people in the world do not have access to this, or if they do it can sometimes take a lot of effort to get it.

BTW the “red chairs” are a Parks Canada initiative that they started a few years ago. They have placed them in beautiful spots in many areas around the park.

Day 7 of 30 – GoTY2 (Gratitude on Tunnel Year 2)

I am grateful to have a wide cross-section and variety of friends.

Some of my friends are much younger than me, some are around my age and some are much older.

Some of my friends have radically different religious beliefs than me, or simply do not have religious beliefs.

Some of my friends live on different continents.

Some of my friends have barely any money, some are multi-millionaires, and most are somewhere in between.

Some of my friends do physical activities which push them well beyond their comfort zone, and some barely leave their couch.

Some of my friends get drunk fairly often, others have a glass of wine or beer most days, some enjoy the odd drink, and some are non-drinkers like myself.

Some of my friends are very knowledgeable and active in the pro-cannabis community, some are business owners in the cannabis industry, some are frequent users, some once in a while, and some never touch cannabis.

Some of my friends speak multiple languages and have lived in many countries, while some speak one language and live in the same area as where they were born.

Some of my friends have jobs in the corporate world, some work in the hospitality industry, some have their own businesses, and others don’t work at all.

The golden thread between all of them is that I am fortunate to be friends with them.

And for that I am grateful.

Thank you Sam and MJ (Mary-Joy) for joining me on a beautiful sunny day going up Tunnel today. It was fun 🙂

What are you grateful for?

Day 6 of 30 – GoTY2 (Gratitude on Tunnel Year 2)

What are you grateful for?

I’m grateful to have attended two inspiring events on Sunday.

It was the last day of the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival. I was there with my brother and friends.

The first event that I went to was a talk about the 1982 Canadian Mt Everest expedition. Three of the climbers from that expedition were in attendance presenting various aspects of their adventure. I found it really interesting hearing about their successes and tragedies, how it was the first live TV broadcast from Everest, and how it took 3 years of planning.

The second event that I went to was the “best of” films. The most inspiring film that I saw was called “The Weight of Water” and highlighted a team’s kayaking trip through the multiple rapids in the Grand Canyon. The team included two blind members who each paddled their kayak on their own with assistance from a guide either in front or behind each of them. Another incredibly inspiring film highlighted a mother and daughter team who did a 6 month backcountry trip in the winter from Vancouver along the high alpine to Skagway, Alaska. 6 months backcountry in the winter!

On today’s Tunnel hike it really felt like winter. What a difference 24 hours makes…

Day 5 of 30 – GoTY2 (Gratitude on Tunnel Year 2)

I am grateful to have a good relationship with my brother Duane.

Yesterday my brother came to Banff. We had supper at a restaurant while catching up and talking about a wide variety of things. After that we went up to the Banff Centre checking out various art displays before going to the “best of” films for the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival.

Like some sibling relationships we have definitely had our share of ups and downs. One of the most straining times was after our Mom passed away. We were co-executors of her will. At that time I was a controlling person (fortunately I am much less so now). My brother smartly did not resist and let me do everything.

Some of the most challenging times in our relationship for him have been when I was in the psychiatric hospital because of a manic episode. I’ve been in there four times. EACH time he was there for me, and he always has! Just typing this brings a tear to me eyes. He came into the psych ward and supported me. For those of you who have been through health challenges you know how much this means! Especially in a psych ward, where there is a lot of weird things happening…

I’ve heard many stories about family members who have essentially been shunned as a direct result of them doing and saying weird things when in manic episodes.

Some that I have heard of and know have no relationship with any family any more.

Today my buddy Masaki joined me (in shorts) hiking up Tunnel.

What are you grateful for?

Day 4 of 30 – GoTY2 (Gratitude on Tunnel Year 2)

What are you grateful for?

I am grateful to have made a new friend today.

Our mutual friend Klaus told each of us about the other, and we both figured it would be a good idea to meet.

This morning we met for a tea in Canmore and I really enjoyed meeting her! For me the time blew by.

I am also grateful that I didn’t get a speeding ticket on my drive to Canmore this morning. A photo radar vehicle was just getting set up 🙂

Day 3 of 30 – GoTY2 (Gratitude on Tunnel Year 2)

I am grateful to have 20/20 vision.

Prior to 2007 I wore glasses for distance. That year I had laser eye surgery done. It was one of the best investments of my money.

My eyes do not naturally produce enough moisture which made wearing contacts a pain in the butt. This is mainly because of side effects from a drug called Accutane that I took for a short period of time in my early 20’s when I had really bad acne.

What are you grateful for?

Day 2 of 30 – GoTY2 (Gratitude on Tunnel Year 2)

What are you grateful for?

I am grateful to live in Banff.

This morning my friend Joe joined me in hiking up Tunnel in the light rain. It was great to catch up with him!

I’ve been very fortunate to have lived in different parts of western Canada including Whitehorse, Selkirk, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Whistler and Calgary. I also lived in Japan for two years.

For me Banff is a natural playground, is very walkable, has a strong community, has world-class facilities in a variety of areas, is surrounded by mountains, has an abundance of beautiful areas, and many incredible restaurants.

People from around the world come here for vacation and I live here. I’ve made many big life changes to be able to live in Banff, and am so grateful that I do 🙂

Day 1 of 30 – GoTY2 (Gratitude on Tunnel Year 2)

Today I am grateful for being healthy.

This is the 2nd year in a row that I will be hiking up Tunnel Mountain daily in November, and posting each day about something different that I’m grateful for.

While hiking up Tunnel earlier this evening, I was thinking about how my Dad wasn’t able to hike at my age. Why? Because he didn’t see 45. He died of colon cancer at 42.

I found a loonie ($1 coin) on the street today. November bring on the financial abundance!

BTW the cluster of lights in the center of the photo is the Fairmont Banff hotel (aka Banff Springs Hotel).

What are you grateful for?

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