It seems to me that gratitude is sometimes very present, stepping forward in a way that is almost impossible to miss. I think of the times when I’ve been ill with the flu and the almost overwhelming feeling of gratitude that comes over me when I perceive that I am feeling good again. There are times when I’ve been frozen over in the cold, wet snow of Central Oregon. Then when I step inside my warm home and feel the cozy fire, I am reminded how blessed I am and how much I appreciate warmth.