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Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
-- Albert Einstein


Thursday, November 28, 1996


Today is Thanksgiving Day in the United States. It is a day to spend with family and friends, a day when we pause to take stock of our blessings, to remember and give thanks.

Giving thanks, and expressing gratitude are very important, and it is appropriate that we set aside an entire day to focus on them. True abundance begins with gratitude and thankfulness. Being thankful focuses our attention on the things we do have, and helps those things to grow.

What if you gave someone a gift, and they neglected to thank you for it -- would you be likely to give them another? Life is the same way. In order to attract more of the blessings that life has to offer, you must truly appreciate what you already have.

Look at the things that are right with your life. Be grateful for what you have. Nurture the good things in your life. Appreciate them, and they will grow. Your life will become more abundant, the more you focus on abundance.

And spread it around. Express your gratitude with a “thank you” or an act of kindness toward another person. You’ll find that your life grows more abundant, the more you share it with others.

Today is a day to give thanks. And so is every other day. Make gratitude and abundance a continuing part of your life.

— Ralph Marston

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