Gratitude requires contrast. Gratitude depends on awareness and understanding as its foundation and context because gratitude is the organic response to a positive outcome when a negative or less desirable result was possible, likely, or certain. Gratitude is so much more than just the rosy emotional response or the specific thanks for a job well done.
Two of the most challenging aspects of life are surprises and change. In the natural, being surprised or making a change can bring on the experience of stress, emotions, and uncertainty, but in the spiritual, some of the richest experiences in life, resulting in the greatest blessings, come packaged in challenges unexpected. Like surfing a