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As our Thanksgiving holiday approaches, we should think about the meaning of Gratitude. We should think about how we find it, know it, and express it. When I think about the meaning of Gratitude, I am reminded of the story of Shukla. Long ago, in a long-forgotten land in Africa, there lived a tribal chief and his faithful servant, Shukla. The chief and Shukla developed a great friendship and Shukla was always by the chief's side in every event the tribe experienced. The chief loved nothing more than being in the woods, honing his woodcraft by hunting the many types of animals that lived there. One day in the deepest part of the forest, the chief took aim at an enormous deer, and shot it right between the eyes! "Shalabat!" exclaimed Shukla, which is the word for "Thank you, Oh Great One!" As the chief was removing the arrow from the deer, he sliced off the end of his finger. "Shalabat!", exclaimed Shukla. This made the chief very angry, and when they returned to their tribal lands, the chief had Shukla thrown in prison. A few days later, the chief went out hunting by himself and went even deeper in the woods than he had before. He was suddenly surrounded by a rival tribe and taken prisoner. The tribe were preparing to sacrifice the chief to the Gods when they noticed that the chief was missing part of a finger. "We can not give God a damaged human," they said, so they let the chief go. When the chief returned to town and told his tale, Shukla bowed profusely, saying, "Shalabat! Shalabat! Shalabat!" "Why are you so thankful?" the chief asked. "Because," Shukla replied, "If I had been with you, they would have sacrificed me."