How Growing Up in Poverty Taught Me Gratitude

April 17, 2015 3:09 PM

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Gratitude is that sweet spot of contentment that knows nothing of having more or less, feeling only the peace of each precious moment, despite what is going on all around us. I learned gratitude not by what I had, but by what I did not have.

My mother -- a child of the depression, with two Italian immigrant parents, and eleven siblings living in Maine -- lived in a deficit all of her life. She learned gratitude at a very young age. At times her gratitude may have teetered on wanting more, but she would always fall into that soft place o...

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