Cultures evolve from simple aspects of life. As a young boy, I can recall my parents and grandparents mantra of reminding me to say “Please” and “Thank you.” At the time it became a simple phrase as I was headed out the door to someone else home or event. That recurrence set in motion the cultivation of being grateful as part of my personal culture. Originally I would say it to satisfy the request of my elders. Now, I engage in being grateful as it is a means of pure respect for those who have crossed my path on my journey.