So my American friends are today recovering from all that turkey, and many are heading out to the malls to start some serious Christmas shopping. I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving!

I’ve written before about Patti Digh, author of the wonderful and inspiring Life is a verb: 37 days to wake up, be mindful, and live intentionally. Her Thanksgiving post links to another from 2008, which opens with the quote:

“The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.” – John E. Southard

She goes on to encourage readers to think of the people we are grateful for and be sure to thank them.

“Where we place our attention is where things surface. If I am looking for things to complain about, I will find them. If I am looking for things to be grateful for, those will emerge.”

Be grateful. Say so. Get even.