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Friday, December 26, 2014


Today, I'd like to leave you with a single thought. During the holiday season, it's easy to get caught up in shopping, gifs, fights with relatives, regrets, frustration, sadness from past losses and disappointments, and our own self-interest. It's so easy, in fact, that it can happen without us even realizing it.

So today, I encourage you to take a deep breath and think about how it would be if you lost all of that, if suddenly everything was taken away either in tragedy or because you passed away today.

Now, in the midst of all the craziness and negative feelings, say thank you for all that you have at this moment. Be grateful that it's yours and that you have a life still to live. Because everything can be lost in an instant.

If you're one of the very few who already do this on a daily basis, wonderful. Savor that gift.

Approaching life with a grateful heart will change our perspective for the better and help us to see opportunities and to seize them. Gratefulness will make us better people and better writers.

Say thank you because everything you have, including the frustrations, including your own life, is a gift.

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