sleek pin of gratitude

“‘A nail is driven out by another nail; habit is overcome by habit.’ Erasmus said that, contemporary and admirer of Martin Luther. When I read this thought, I am surprised because I had never known and I am sad for all that would have changed if only I had. … It starts to unfold, light in the dark, a door opening up, how all these years it’s been utterly pointless to try to wrench out the spikes of discontent. Because that habit of discontentment can only be driven out by hammering in one iron sharper. The sleek pin of gratitude.

[From One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp, which I am enjoying very much these days]

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