We are something other than what we imagine, something greater. We heed that mysterious calling—to connect ourselves with others. That’s the voice of gratitude. That’s why we say thank you.
Gratitude is not so much a moral obligation. It is a yearning to step beyond ourselves.
Gratitude links us to that raw precept expressed in President Lincoln’s sweeping, majestic prose in his first inaugural address: “…when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”