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Simple Things to be Thankful For

“When I feel that the world is caving in and my tears of hopelessness are just about to fall, I look down at my hands. I stretch my fingers and I start to count … my blessings.”

  • I am thankful for the mess to clean up after a party because it means I am blessed with friends.
  • I am thankful for the taxes I pay because it means that I am employed.
  • I am thankful for the clothes that fit a little too snugly because it means I have had enough to eat.
  • I am thankful for my shadow that watches me work because it means I am out in the sunshine.
  • I am thankful for a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning, gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home.
  • I am thankful for all the complaining I do about the government because it means we have freedom of speech.
  • I am thankful for the spot I find at the far end of the parking lot because it means I am capable of walking.
  • I am thankful for my big heating bill because it means I am warm.
  • I am thankful for the lady behind me in church who sings off-key because it means I can hear.
  • I am thankful for the piles of laundry and ironing because it means my loved ones are nearby.
  • I am thankful for weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day because it means I have been productive.
  • I am thankful for the alarm that goes off early in the morning because it means I am alive.

Let me share my little secret. When I feel that the world is caving in and my tears of hopelessness are just about to fall, I look down at my hands. I stretch my fingers and I start to count … my blessings. I say to myself, “I have 10 fingers … 1-2-3-4-5 … I can move all of them. My skin is clear. I can see. I can hear. I can talk. I can walk. I have a family. I have a home. I have friends. I have a job. Not everyone has these. I am a very lucky person. I am whole and I can cope with this minor setback.” Try it. In your darkest hour, at the height of a most unfortunate situation, count your blessings by starting with your fingers.

 

—Ruby Bayan-Gagelonia

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Gratitude

Today, upon a bus, I saw a very handsome man,
And wished I were as beautiful.
When suddenly he rose to leave,
I saw him hobble down the aisle.
He had one leg and wore a crutch.
But as he passed, he 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 I knew.
He stood and watched the others play,
but he did not know what to do.
I stopped a moment and then I said,
“Why don’t you join them dear?”
He looked ahead without a word,
I forgot, he couldn’t 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’d know.
With loving family friends to enjoy life
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine,
I’ve been blessed indeed, the world is mine.

Oh, Heavenly Father,

We thank Thee for food and remember the hungry.

We thank Thee for health and remember the sick.

We thank Thee for friends and remember the friendless.

We thank Thee for freedom and remember the enslaved.

May these remembrances stir us to service,

That Thy gifts to us may be used for others.
Amen