Nouwen Then: Keep Thanking
How do we get in touch with our chosenness when we are surrounded by rejections?
Gratitude is the most fruitful way of deepening your consciousness...
[But] Where there is reason for gratitude, there can always be found a reason for bitterness. It is here that we are faced with the freedom to make a decision. We can decide to recognize our chosenness in the moment or we can decide to focus on the shadow side. When we persist in looking at the shadow side, we will eventually end up in the dark. When we keep claiming the light, we will find ourselves becoming more and more radiant. Gratitude begets gratitude, just as love begets love.
Henri Nouwen, Life of the Beloved, from the chapter called "Taken"