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The Personal Power of Gratefulness

We have more to be grateful for than we can imagine. Let's start with running water. Watch a movie set 200 years ago and you will be reminded that every bedroom was equipped with a bowl and a pitcher. Why? Because that's how one took care of water needs in the old days. I'm a huge fan of electricity, as any regular reader of this newsletter knows. It's something I've come to appreciate as a miracle of modern life. Yet in this season of love and gratitude -- and busyness - I easily forget how special it is to flip a switch and get light, heat and warm food. Then I saw a story on CBS Mornings that brought me to full on tears. The story started when a mother posted on Facebook a video of her adopted son from Sierra Leon being profoundly grateful for his birthday cake. When you watch the video, you will see what I mean by "profoundly grateful." He sees those "simple" things we take for granted as miracles. Seeing our world through his eyes was the best thing that could have happened to help me find the signal of gratitude amidst the noise of the daily grind. Here's the important point: The signal is not a thought. It's a feeling. Gratitude lights me up in a very particular way. Something warm and silky smooth radiates from within, and my body settles down in a way that says "all is well." It's from that feeling ...
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