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Nov 26, 2018

Thanksgiving or the idea of thanks is critically important for the development and maintenance of productive and positive living humans. We teach our children to say “thank you” to teach humility and appreciation.

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Episode Transcription

[INTRO]

♫ Trenches by Pop Evil ♫

*Alex*

Welcome to Morning Mindset. A daily dose of practical wit and wisdom with a professional educator & trainer, Amazon best selling author, United States Marine, Television, and Radio host, Paul G. Markel. Each episode will focus on positive and productive ways to strengthen your mindset and help you improve your relationships, career goals, and overall well-being. Please welcome your host; Paul G. Markel.


*Professor Paul*

Welcome back to Morning Mindset, thank you very much for your patience, and I hope that you used this last week to catch up. Yes, we were dark last week the week of Thanksgiving. I took the time off. I took that week off because every once in a while, I need some time off ladies and gentlemen, I need to stoke the fires and recharge the batteries and all the other colloquialisms that we use to figure out how it is. We're going to come up with even more Morning Mindsets. Alright today, I'm going to talk about the importance of thanks.

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Yes, we are just coming off of the Thanksgiving weekend, and yes, and I also understand that you may be listening to this in the distant future but it still applies Thanksgiving or the idea of thanks is critically important for the development and the maintenance of a productive and positive living human. Yes, think about it. Hopefully, if you had children when you were raising your children, you told them to say thank you. You taught them to say thank you when grandma gives you a gift or present you say thank you. When you take them trick-or-treating they say, “Say thank you.” Now, why is that? He's like, well, it's because it's polite and it's good manners. Yes, you are. Correct. It is polite and it is good manners. But why do we have a season of thanks? Why is it important for us as a culture as a nation as human beings to take the time to give thanks and who are we giving thanks to.

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See that's another thing that has been lost. Thanks to the commercialization of our modern world. As we who are we giving thanks to and what are we thankful for everybody and maybe not everybody but it's a tradition. Normally. I think that most people on Thanksgiving they take a moment, and they say what they are thankful for that year and it's typical, you know, I'm thankful that my family is healthy. I'm thankful that I have a job. I'm thankful that we have this food to eat and that's good, but the entire concept of Thanksgiving or giving thanks, is a very valuable lesson and it's a productive tool for humans and human development because you see ladies and gentlemen when you give thanks.

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You have to be or you're demonstrating humility and appreciation. You're taking a moment to say. You know, what? I couldn't have done this or made this happen all on my own through the sheer power of my own will and desire. Giving thanks and demonstrating thankfulness is a sign of humility. Yes, when you thank someone, you know, let's just go back to the, you know, you receive a gift when you thank someone for a gift you are showing humility and appreciation because a gift is not something that you can Demand right a gift is something that is given to you from the benevolence of The Giver.

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They've decided that you are worthy and they will give you this gift and there's nothing that you could do or say to force that it just happens because that person cares enough about you to do it. We often find in our lives and we see on display very unthankful unappreciative ungrateful humans. Who inhabit our world those who through their actions and their words behave as if they believe that anything and everything that they want and desire at any moment in time is their right to have they demand it. They feel they deserve it and anything they want no matter what it is day or night, they should have it.

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We view these people only think men that person is one ungrateful SOB. That person is one arrogant SOB. Right, and why do we feel that way? Why do we see that, and why do people behave in that manner? Why do people behave in public in front of our own our eyes in an ungrateful and selfish fashion? That's because they were never taught or they did not grasp the concept of thankfulness. The meaning behind Thanksgiving because if they did if they understood thankfulness, then they would understand humility and appreciation. How to appreciate things that are given to you as a gift that you couldn't demand and you couldn't get without the benevolence of someone else.

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That's why the season of Thanksgiving is so important. That's why it's important for us as adult human beings to take the time out once in a while to give thanks to genuinely take a moment out of our day out of our week month year, whatever to step back and to be contrite not will not actually contrite but to display humility and exhibit genuine thanks. Because when you thank someone when you are thankful. You are humble. Yes, because you have to be there, you know, is that you don't thank someone. Say "Well I'm going to thank you, but I just deserve this and I should have had it anyway, so regardless" now that's not genuine thankfulness.

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If we hope to live productive and positive lives if we hope to live productive and positive lives with other people. Because how do you feel when you encounter someone that is ungrateful and selfish. Do you want to be around them? Do you want to spend time around them? Do you want to work with that person? You're probably thinking no. No, I don't want to work with selfish ungrateful a-holes. I want to stay away from them. So you want to be the person that others want to be around you want to be the person that sets the example, correct?

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I'm hoping that you do that's why you're here. So I just wanted to just take a moment and touch on the importance of Thanksgiving in the season of thanks and why it is that as humans. We teach our children to say thank you. We teach them to do that because we're trying to teach them humility, and sometimes it sticks. Sometimes it sticks, sometimes it doesn't. Teach your children, well teach them to say thank you and as an adult human, every once in a while, it's good for you to step back and say thank you, right?

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Now I had a question during our off time that actually arrived via the email, and someone said how can I get a signed copy of the Morning Mindset book did I miss it? The answer is no you didn't miss it. All you have to do is go to MorningMindsetPodcast.com, that's right. MorningMindsetPodcast.com, that is the official website of this show, and if you go there, there will be a link that will take you to the store and you can get a signed copy of the Morning Mindset book.

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You can get an official Morning Mindset coffee mug, in regular or extra large size and I have an extra large cup of coffee in my hand right now. Hmm, or you can get a motivation poster. Yes, my son Zachary who's also the store manager. He came up with the coffee mugs and the poster and what have you and if you don't want to get a signed copy if an autographed copy of the book is not important to you.

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You don't need my scribble on it, you just want a copy of the book to give to a friend or relative or someone that's cool, too. You can go to amazon.com and type in Paul Markel. That's Paul Markel. That's me, and the book is called Morning Mindset: a 30 Day Plan for a More Positive and Productive Life. Alright, that's it. That's all I got to say for you today to you today. I am your host Paul Markel, talk to you again real soon.


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*Alex*

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