Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Inspired Quote of the Day

"Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings." - William Arthur Ward

Today's Brilliance

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

If today were my last day on Earth and I could share 500 words of brilliance with the world, here are the important things I'd want to pass along to others...

At this time of Thanksgiving, I am reminded of an experience I had a few years ago that demonstrated the overwhelming power of gratitude. I was part of a small group that gathered to assemble and distribute "goodie bags" to the needy people living in a park in Santa Monica, California. Our group met at a local shelter to fill bags with a toothbrush, toothpaste, warm socks, deodorant, a razor and other necessities.

We were putting the items into bags, when a young homeless man in his 20's walked into the room. Thinking that he was being impatient and was there to pick up a bag, one of the men asked him to please wait outside with the others.

Instead, he told us that his name was Josh, and that he wanted to help. Surprised and somewhat ashamed of ourselves, we quickly welcomed him. As we worked side by side, he proceeded to share that he'd been homeless for a few months. Just the night before, he'd been beaten and robbed of his last few dollars, his co...

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