Gratitude may be simply appreciation or, its more sacrificial manifestation, devotion. Surrender, acceptance, and gratitude enable fulfilment.
Fulfilment suggests satisfaction, completion. The greater the sacrifice, the greater the fulfilment. Gratitude is the impetus by and through which creation occurs.
The more one has, arguably, the less it is valued; so the less it is appreciated. Desire for more, for everything, suggests, too, that one does not desire anything badly enough. Thus is mediocrity born.
Conversely, the less one has, the more it is valued; so the more it is appreciated. More does not satisfy. Better, might. Later, might. The need contracts within the current context, the current constraint. With contraction comes intensification, refinement, obsession.
If there are only mediocrity and obsession, wherein lies the balance between the two. Does balance necessitate mediocrity? Does it deny obsession?
In contrast, balance is realised. That contrast may be between none and some, just as it may be between much and more. Balance is achieved when the adequacy and the sufficiency of enough coincide with the plentitude and the abundance of enough; when enough is enough – nothing more, nothing less.