Did you remember to say thank you?

                Years ago, I sat with a group of ladies listening to one woman loudly carrying on about her miserable life.

                Chief among her list of complaints – her nails were worse than anyone else’s. They were too short. Too stubby. Too brittle and broken. They were embarrassingly ugly and one of her biggest annoyances. She always wanted to hide them.

                No one said anything for an awkward moment, and then casual conversations continued.

An older woman who was visiting the group later commented to me, “We all have our issues, but that young woman really needs to develop an attitude of gratitude for the good things in her life.”

                The phrase “attitude of gratitude” may sound clich


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