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Practice Gratitude Today

Posted by Val Fox on April 9, 2014 at 11:05 AM


Today I am reminded that practicing an attitude of gratitude reduces stress, invites more love into our lives and can change a challenging day into one of thoughtful purpose.

Our family lost a sister in January, another sister in February (both sudden) and in March we learned a third sister was moved into palliative care due to advanced cancer.

I heard the following words at a 1981 convention in Seattle. I never forgot them and hope you enjoy their comfort as much as I have over the years.
Gratitude really makes a difference.

                          The World is Mine

Today upon a bus, I saw a girl with golden hair.
I envied her, she seemed so gay, and wished I was so fair.
When suddenly she rose to leave, I saw her hobble down the isle.
She had one leg and wore a crutch,
and as she passed, a smile.

Oh God, forgive me when I whine.
I have two legs, the world is mine.

I stopped to buy some candy. The lad who sold it had such charm.
I talked with him, he seemed so glad.
If I were late, it'd do no harm.
And as I left he said to me, "I thank you. You've been so kind.
It's nice to talk with folks like you. You see," he said, "I'm blind."

Oh God, forgive me when I whine.
I have two eyes, the world is mine.

Later while walking down the street
I saw a child with eyes of blue.
He stood and watched the others play.
It seemed he did not know what to do.
I stopped a moment and then I said,
"Why don't you join the others, dear?"
He looked ahead without a word. And then I knew
he could not hear.

Oh God, forgive me when I whine.
I have two ears, the world is mine.

With feet to take me where I'd go,
With eyes to see the sunset's glow,
With ears to hear what I would know

Oh God, forgive me when I whine,
I'm blessed indeed, the world is mine.

                      -Red Foley

Today's post featured the letter "G" as we continued with the April 2014 A-Z Challenge where bloggers from around the globe post each day and feature something related to a letter from the English alphabet. The link below provides more information on this annual blog hop; it's not too late to join us. There are 2181 participants so far!

You can expect another post later today that will feature the letter "F." Thanks for visiting and have a great day, friends.

tags: gratitude; when we experience hard times; loss of loved ones; sorrow; coping with tragedy 

Categories: Earth's Inhabitants

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