It’s easy to feel grateful for things that happened today. Or yesterday. Even months ago.

But as time goes by, the intensity of our gratitude for things of the past can soften.

The kindness we encountered a decade ago.

The hard work of those who raised us.

The many sacrifices of past generations.

We’d do well to remember these things, too, from time to time. To be grateful for them, and to honor the rich and nuanced history that affords us this very moment in time.