Gratitude, like its sister virtue humility, hasn’t always come easily to me. I admit there was a time when I was more focused on what I didn’t have than what I did.
As a child I recall feeling this as a child at any time when gifts or goodies were distributed. “How come she got a bigger piece of pie than I did? What a cheesy gift. Nobody ever thinks about what I might like.”
Rather than seeing the good things that were all around me, I had a penchant for finding the one bit of inequity or unfairness in my life and use that to fuel my feelings of ingratitude. No wonder I often felt sulky, temperamental, and unhappy.