When Solomon built the first temple, he summoned all the people and prayed a prayer of repentance. Why, one wonders, would he use such an occasion — such a triumph — to ask people to repent?

Those more scholarly than I have attempted to answer that question, but I think it’s because we are most vulnerable at the moment of success. It’s when we choose to shine a light on US and all our greatness.

This is why it’s so important that we maintain a heart full of thanks, one of gratitude that will survive the roller coaster ride of life. For in the end, we have no power over anything — only in how we react. And I can tell you from experience, my friends, that a heart full of gratitude will survive where others will not.

And so we set aside one day to give thanks, to remind ourselves that we are not in charge. My wish for all of you is that you will carry that spirit for as long as Life gives you breath.


  1. thanks.

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