Gratitude does not replace anger,
or quash guilt.
Instead they all sit side by side,
And the voices of all must be heard,
And the voices of all are significant.
The voices of all are significant.
To end the day with gratitude is to remember the whole of it,
not just the last, worst, or most extreme part.
It honours that cup of tea you had this morning,
And that phone conversation
And that sandwich,
And that woman who smiled at you in the street.
That woman who smiled at you in the street.
Gratitude is a shield against existential dread,
And protection from cosmic angst.
It holds back the tide of cynicism,
restrains the strength of anxiety,
And foils the plans of self-pity.
Gratitude is essential to the millennial first aid kit.
Essential to the millennial first aid kit.