I’m not entirely sure why, but the phrase “attitude of gratitude” irks me. It’s popped up a few times recently, and I find that it grates on my nerves. I think that it may have to do with the American need to make everything into a slogan- as if you can’t remember without a catchy jingle or rhyme.
And maybe some people can’t- if that’s what it takes to internalise an idea or focus, maybe that’s okay. But I kind of feel about it the same way that I do about processed cheese- just because it’s convenient doesn’t mean that it’s as good for you as, say, a wedge of cheddar; it should be a temporary shortcut on the way to something more fulfilling, not something you eat every day.
Eh, I think my syllogism may have broken down there somewhere, but I think that you get my point- it seems to trivialise something I feel should be approached more, hrm, not sure I want to say “seriously” because gratitude can be a very happy thing. Maybe with respect. Intent is everything- if it’s something you toss out off-handedly, I’m not sure you’re going the full distance needed.
Bah- clearly thinking out loud here. What are your thoughts on gratitude and sloganism?
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