I CAN'T REALLY EXPLAIN WHY I didn't join in, but the truth is, I just never did. I'd certainly heard about the power of gratitude. I'd heard people talk about what a difference gratitude makes. But it wasn't enough to get me to try it for myself. Maybe I thought I was justified in not participating. Whatever the reason, I didn't.
I'm not implying that I've never been grateful for anything. I think it's almost impossible to go through life without feeling thankful at one time or another. But feeling grateful in isolated instances is very different from the kind of gratitude that consciously connects all of the good in your life to God.
Then a Christian Science practitioner recommended that I practice being grateful—going deeper with it, I guess you could say. I still felt the resistance I'd felt my whole life, but I was committed to trying.