06 April 2011

The acknowledgement of undeservedness

The more spontaneous and unsolicited is a gift the more gratitude one feels when receiving it. 
It is precisely because one has not done anything to deserve the gift that makes one feel grateful for the getting of it. 
Gratitude is the acknowledgement of undeservedness. To take things for granted is to ignore one's undeservedness and to judge what is given as one's entitlement and therefore as not meriting one's consideration, attention, and appreciation – i.e., one’s gratitude. 
Absent gratitude, he who takes things for granted fails to recognize the giver and therefore fails to pay deference to the goodness the giver embodies. 

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