Relationships at the root of true gratitude

Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about gratitude. It’s the season of fruitfulness, of harvest, of the regal color of late flowers as though the garden is building a great crescendo, the last hurrah before the killing frost. But I don’t sense a lot of gratitude around me. In fact, I sense just the opposite. Family and friends are dashing around furiously as though they are on a speeded up assembly line. The Red Queen’s words to Alice in Through the Looking Glass have literally come true. “(I)t takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast. …” It’s the old zero-sum game, and who has the time and energy for gratitude when they’re desperately playing for their lives?

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