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11/24/2015 07:40 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Expressing Gratitude on Thanksgiving Day

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At a time when it seems as if the world is on fire, I am so proud and incredibly thankful to be living in the greatest country in the world. America may not be perfect -- but it is a country that offers unprecedented freedoms, abundance and liberties to all, second to none!

As a business owner, wife and mother, I firmly believe there is absolutely no greater country in the world to live as a woman than the United States of America -- and for this, I am extremely grateful.

Albert Einstein once said: "There are only two ways to live your life, one is as though nothing is a miracle, the other is as if everything is." Perhaps the greatest genius of the previous century, Einstein expressed so eloquently a life philosophy predicated upon gratitude and thankfulness.

In keeping with the tradition of giving thanks on this Thanksgiving Day, I am thankful for all the wonderful people who allow me to share my life with them: my family, my friends, my colleagues and clients (many of whom have become friends). I am extremely thankful for the privilege of having all of you in my life.

Rather than being resentful and worrying about what we don't have (or what we think we should have more of) let's focus on all the wonderful things we do have -- especially our relationships with the people who enrich our lives every day!

When we view our relationships and our life through the eyes of gratitude and thankfulness, our inner world becomes a place of peace, joy, happiness and tranquility; it radiates out from our very core and influences our external reality.

Gratitude and thankfulness provides a mindset that allows us to see the good in the people who make up our lives and this vision extends to the world at large.

Thankfulness puts us in a place where we truly want to give back to the world for all we have; it injects positive feelings into our relationships and allows them to expand from a place of love and abundance.

The presence of thankfulness within our hearts allows us to look at conflict in our relationships from a healthy perspective. Therefore, when we are faced with these conflicts, we feel less inclined to escalate them because we are coming from a place of love and abundance. We do not have the energy, the desire or the will to view conflict from a "winner takes all" sum game.

As the hustle and bustle of this holiday season begins today, remember to express your thanks and gratitude to the people who make up the relationships with whom you share your life!

It truly is a wonderful life to live!

Happy Thanksgiving and here's to a Fabulous Holiday Season!

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