"We can complain because rose bushes have thorns,
or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses."
-- Abraham Lincoln
In many ways gratitude is merely a shift in perspective.
And the part of me which mocks this concept when I reflect on it, or cynically deconstructs or arrogantly dismisses it may well be a ventriloquist dummy for my alcoholism's voice.
(Gratitude is to alcoholism what crosses are to vampires in classic horror films. They flee in the face of it.)