Things You Never Learned In History Class

The Client Letter
November 28, 2013
The Desert of Arizona
Sun 27 Degrees

Every morning when I wake up, there are two short exercises I do before I get out of bed. The first is to confidently reignite my trust that I’m in exactly the place I should be in life.

The second is to fill my body with a feeling of gratitude for everything I have in my life.

If you want to change your life from the inside out, I can’t recommend these simple actions enough.

Now I was thankful yesterday and I will be thankful tomorrow, but today presents some challenges given it’s “Thanksgiving.”

And it all started with a little history book I read back in high school. This wasn’t a “standard issue” book that was filled with things that never happened though.

No, the goal of this book was to get a little closer to the truth about what really happened in history.

You see, dead people don’t write history books. Only the folks that remain after the battles or the invasions or the rebellions can write the stories. So as you might imagine, the story can vary a bit from the truth about what actually did or did not happen.

But I’m one who hunts for the truth. Unfortunately, when you go searching for the truth (or when the truth finds you), well, it can be a real downer.

It’s a little bit like finding out there’s no Santa Claus. Once you know it, you’re stuck knowing it. So then what?

And then one day, you come across another story of “Thanksgiving.” This is the one that apparently got edited out of the history books.

Reading that unique history book in high school forever opened up my eyes. Like the story found at the link above, I discovered a lot of things that I can never “un-know.”

Looking back, I think I can actually point to that book as one of the early stops on my journey for the truth in every area of my life.

The truth does set you free. It sets you free to see how far we’ve come and how so very far we still have to go.

And it sets you free to go about making a world that will be better tomorrow than it is today.

And that is something I’m truly Thankful for.