I Can Do That!

Written by Joi Sigers

My daughter, Emily, atrepparttar learned age of 8 taught me a lesson that has never left me.

The church we were attending atrepparttar 142017 time was planning a huge Christmas play. They were pulling out allrepparttar 142018 stops and were abuzz with excitement. Mary,repparttar 142019 pastor's wife/casting director was in hot pursuit ofrepparttar 142020 lead role: A young girl with many, many lines. In factrepparttar 142021 character appeared in every scene and spoke in all but one.

It was my understanding that she wanted a teenager, but girls weren't exactly lining up in front of her. A. Practices would take place each Friday and Saturday night for a month. B. Forget a line + suffer humiliation = life's over.

Then one Sunday evening, Mary headed toward me smiling like a cat with salmon on its breath. My first thought was, "Has she gotten that desperate?" I started filing through my mental files forrepparttar 142022 folder marked EXCUSES, but realized soon enough I didn't need excuses because she didn't need a 28 year old teenager.

She: "Sweet Emily has savedrepparttar 142023 day!" Me: "My sweet Emily?" She: "Of course. She wantsrepparttar 142024 role. She's so excited. I showed herrepparttar 142025 script, and how many pages there are to memorize. She said she could do it."

Me: "Then she'll do it."

My freckle faced, beautiful little girl who had never done anything remotely like this had just signed on for something realistically over her head. Realistically. But 8 year olds don't think realistically. They'd never stoop to that.

When I first asked her about it and offered to loan her my EXCUSES folder, she told me what she had apparently told Mary, "Oh, I can do that." She even seemed incredulous that we adults hadn't thought of this before -repparttar 142026 obvious solution.

How To Have Gratitude

Written by Steve Gillman

Yes, it might feel great to winrepparttar lottery. Money, houses, travel - these are wonderful, but not enough by themselves. You needrepparttar 141979 right frame of mind to fully enjoy life. You needrepparttar 141980 attitude of gratitude.

Be Grateful

Life is better when you feel blessed, when you can look around and say "Thank you, God." Religious or not, when you see life as a wonderful gift, your experience is a richer one than any amount of money can provide. Imagine going through life like you're a child, and every morning is Christmas.

It's tempting to think gatitude comes from having what you want. You see yourself giving thanks if you had money, a loving family, and maybe a house onrepparttar 141981 beach. Still, you know there are ungrateful, unhappy people with these things, and poor people full of gratitude for what little they have. Where does this feeling come from?

Creating Gratitude

Gratitude arises from how you look at things. It isrepparttar 141982 natural feeling that comes from truly appreciatingrepparttar 141983 people and things in your life. It is also something you can learn.

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