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Best-selling author Anne Lamott shares how these thoughts changed her life

Two prayers spoken most by author Anne Lamott are 'helphelphelp' and 'thankyouthankyouthankyou.'

Nov. 15, 2012   |  
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Best-selling author Anne Lamott. / Eliot Holtzman

Two prayers spoken most by author Anne Lamott are “helphelphelp” and “thankyouthankyouthankyou.” Having dealt with low self-esteem and single motherhood, as well as enjoying bestsellers and critical acclaim, Lamott, 58, explains in her new book, Help, Thanks, Wow, why she believes in prayer.

“Everyone knows that feeling of being in a situation that can go either way,” she says. “It could be a huge mess, or it could turn out OK.” When you realize the ending will be a good one, “you are so relieved and amazed that you didn’t screw it up,” she says. “You know you dodged a bullet, and for that you are compelled to say, ‘Thanks.’”

Willingness to express gratitude increases with age, Lamott believes: “I am no longer the perfectionist trying to control everything that I was in my younger years.”

So what is she especially thankful for this Thanksgiving? “The self-acceptance that has come with age.”

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