Gratitude in the Midst of Terror

At 8:41am on September 11th, 2001, I was waiting to get a breakfast sandwich from my high school cafeteria.  It was 10 minutes before my next class started and five minutes before the New York City skyline would change forever. A week earlier, the fall golf season at my school had started.  My teammates and I were heading into our third and final season together.  Our coach, "Coach V" had been with us since the beginning.  He taught in the elementary school but enjoyed spending time with us high school kids and teaching us…

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An Invitation to Gratitude

  Many ancient Egyptians believed in The Five Gifts of Hathor.  This is a ceremony where the high priest would have a new member of the community raise his left hand and speak a list of five things in life that person would miss if he died at that very moment. Whatever the person listed, the priest would say, those five things were gifts from the goddess Hathor.  That person then was to remain grateful for those five things for the rest of their life. The importance of raising the left hand was to give the…

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How to Build Courage

For the last few weeks, we've been discussing courage.  We started with my personal story of what it felt like to be courageous for a change in "I Have a Confession..." Then we shared the story of a young man who, despite choosing to stop speaking to avoid the scrutiny of a terrible stutter, found the courage to do something amazing with his voice in the post, "How Cultivating Courage Will Save Your Life." This week, I wanted to conclude the conversation and provide you with something more…

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