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The Thanksgiving season takes us back to another time and place. When we were an agrarian society, the harvest was crucial to survival. When the harvest was complete, there was a deep sense of gratitude for having food to feed ourselves and our children. As farmers, there was also a realization that they had put a hard, dry seed into the ground, weather that they had no control over grew the crops, and now there was food enough for all. It would make the most jaded of us grateful.

Today a minuscule part of our society grows enough food not only for our country but for much of the world. In the process, we have moved from our sense of awe and gratitude to one of complaint and impatience. Itís incredible what recapturing a grateful heart does to the flavor of a day. When Iím grateful for my own personal vehicle and the opportunity to come and go as I please, a traffic jam is much more tolerable. When Iím grateful for a comfortable office and quality tools to work with, it makes the general office complaints seem trivial. When Iím grateful for the trusting, innocent eyes of a child who looks to me as a role model, it makes spilled milk only the accident that it was.

Every person strives to be as good as he can possibly be. In our autonomous, anonymous world, itís easy to forget that every other person is trying as hard as we are. When in gratitude we appreciate that the person in front of us at the toll booth, the waiter at lunch, or our sister at Thanksgiving is doing her absolute best, a whole new light comes into the situation. The little child who collapses in a temper tantrum at the store, who gets out of bed one more time at night, or who greets you before dawn on Saturday morning is doing the absolutely best he can do.

Itís a different perspective. When we respond with gratitude to that maximum effort and good intent, we connect at a real level with that person. It lets us be kind to the person facing us, and enables them to be most helpful to us. The grateful heart responds to a supervisorís criticism or a customerís complaint with the idea that thereís something here to be learned. Maybe there is some way we can be better. A grateful heart responds to a childís muddy clothes and happy face with the idea that maybe hereís a way for me to be as happy as that little innocent face. There is so much intelligence in the cosmos. It seems a shame to fret it away striving for a new car, that promotion, or having your child win the trophy. It seems better to be grateful with the same joyful exclamation of a child - ďI can do it!Ē