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Applying [gratitude] to college

There's a story my mother once told me called "The Devil's Auction," which she'd heard somewhere. It goes something like this: The devil was holding an auction to sell off all his implements to the highest bidder. The tools included things like hatred, deceit, jealousy, and revenge.

But there was one special tool he set off to the side. It was a small, wedge-shaped, seemingly harmless tool, and it was more expensive than all the others. Someone asked the devil, "What is that . . . and why is it priced so much higher than the other tools?"

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