5   Purpose, Meaning, and Gratitude

Purpose Belongs to All. Meaning Is Unique to the Individual. Gratitude Builds Lasting Connections Between People.


“As I was recovering from a recent car accident, I went for a walk in the woods with my daughter and our dog. We decided to push on a bit farther than usual and saw rows of bright colors through the trees ahead. With my dog barking at the flapping noises, we saw something beautiful. Someone had run lines of string between many trees, creating a zig-zag pattern like a huge cat’s cradle. On the strings hung hundreds of colorful pieces of cloth with expressions of gratitude written on them, all joyfully waving in the wind. We walked through the web reading:

‘I am grateful for my ...

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