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30 Days of Gratitude

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Day Sixteen:  Memories.  Who was your best friend from childhood?  What are you grateful you learned from this person?

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What good is living life if you don't share all the experiences, mistakes, and knowledge you have gained? I am a grandmother, a wife, a mother of two grown children, a Jr. High Teacher for almost two decades, an elementary principal and I want to share my experiences.

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  1. My best friend from childhood is Pat-Pat. We met in sixth-grade when I was invited to her birthday party. I was so grateful to be invited to the most popular girl’s party. I couldn’t believe that she would actually ask me. It was a sleep over, and by morning we were the best of friends.
    I owe my friend an enormous debt for teaching me how to interact with people. She had a way of always being open and positive with everyone she met. People appreciated her genuine happiness and flocked to it. I, on the other hand, had always been quite serious, and on first impression, people often were intimidated by me. My friend taught me that if I wanted to win friends, I simply had to smile. Not a fake smile, because you can see through that, but a real, honest from the heart smile.
    It took me a while to get this down, however, after some time I noticed it worked. Then, following my friend’s lead, I began to talk to these people. It didn’t matter what I talked about, only that I talked. Soon, I felt at ease with others, and began to make more and more friends. Such simple things, but, they have changed my life. Thanks Pat-Pat. 🙂


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