Community, Gratitude, Dependence

In a letter to his parents dated 13 Sept. 1943, Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote a bit about gratitude, dependence, and friendships.  I love this.

“It’s a strange feeling to be so completely dependent on other people; but at least it teaches one to be grateful, and I hope I shall never forget that.  In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.  It’s very easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements in comparison with what we owe to others.”

Letters & Papers from Prison, p. 109.

shane lems