Gratitude is wonderful, but doesn't that imply having recieved something?
I am wondering if it is just better to try and reflect the appreciation back, not as gratitude but as being in awe and seeing that life is beautiful, the life all around us. Maybe love is the best term?
It is as if we are jsut elements and we are given an opportunity to be life and experience it before we return to our separate substances, calcium, phosphorus, vanadium, selenium, sodium, iodine, etc all the stuff that we are made of. We are given the gift to be alive by putting all the many elements together in a way that gives us life for a brief moment.
Some elements get to enjoy being a plant, or bacteria, or an animal, we get to enjoy being human for a lifetime.
Why would all those elements ask for a better paying job, or for a marriage proposal, seems like it is great just to be alive and to appreciate this being alive, just that in itself.
To be able to love the Universe/God back for love itself, that is beautiful.