The holiday season is upon us and that means your stress level is erratic, breaking the brain barometer as you think about all the gatherings you have to go to and the shopping you have to do. It is tough to find a moment to relax, when you can gather your thoughts and really reflect on the true meaning of the holiday season. The one antidote for the hustle and bustle of these months is going into nature and getting some fresh air in those lungs. Breathe in that blue-sky frankincense and cleanse your body, heart, and mind.
It might seem impossible to get a cleansing via nature when you are so busy thinking about other things, but there is a movement going on in America that is rallying against consumerism and going back to the basics of the world around us. Some are even calling it Green Friday, people like Steve Scauzillo of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune who is applauding the efforts of Recreational Equipment, Inc., commonly known as REI.
Scauzillo writes, “All 143 REDI stores stayed closed on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. The outdoor adventures store even paid their employees to take a hike, to set their expensive hiking boots on natural ground, instead of the polished, sterile floors of your neighborhood Big Box.”
That is a great and honorable thing to do. How many times do you see a business sacrificing money for the greater good? It is a rarity nowadays, made even better by the fact that they were actively encouraging people to forgo shopping and seek solace in nature, in places like Yellowstone National Park.
Scauzillo believes this will create a new holiday tradition, escaping into nature to achieve a kind of equilibrium or, as he puts it, “I’m glad more people are discovering America’s living treasures. I have many more on my Bucket List. But I’ve particularly enjoyed the sties at Denali National Park, Yellowstone National Park and Grand Tetons. The last one – believe it or not – was my favorite.”
We couldn’t agree more! Together let’s make escaping into nature the biggest holiday tradition. From all of us at Yellowstone Safari Co., have a happy holiday season.