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Colleen Steen


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What do you have to be grateful for today?

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    Dec 19 2011: I'm grateful that I have two friends who have taught me drastically different lessons in the past 6 months or so. The first one has shown me what I don't want to become. He's a couple years younger than me and is already obsessed with moving through college as fast as possible to start working at a high-paying job that comes with a prestigious, equally high salary. He believes material goods will make him happy and will do what it takes to buy products from top designers to try and buy respect from those around him.

    The second friend has shown me what it's really going to take to be happy. This kid comes from a damaged family that doesn't have a lot of money or material wealth. He's one of the smartest, nicest people I've ever met. I realized when I was hanging out with him at a party this summer that being surrounded by friends and family that were there to celebrate a milestone with him was all it took for him to be truly happy. This really impressed and inspired me. I try and follow in his footsteps, and take this approach to life now. Regardless though, I'm grateful I had both of these two polar influences to show me two drastically different ways to find happiness.
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      Dec 19 2011: Dear Cassidy,
      I'm grateful for your insight. I too learned many lessons from "polar influences", and I am grateful for all the opportunities. Thanks for your valuable contribution to this site, and to our world:>)

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