being grateful

Grateful

by Paul Strikwerda in Articles, Uncategorized 6 Comments

©nethervoiceIt’s easy 

Not to be grateful

For the things we take for granted

The unseen things we rely on:

Our health, our home, clean clothes and fresh water

The freedom to be who we are

To speak our minds and not be imprisoned for an opinion

To choose our path and not be persecuted.

When news channels dish out their daily dose of misery

It’s easy to overlook the happiness that surrounds us:

The laughter of children

The love of those who stay together till the very end

The beauty of creation

The magic of music

The thoughtfulness of strangers

The kindness of those who still say “please” and “thank you.”

It’s easy to feel entitled

Just because we were born

In the right place

At the right time

And never had to fight for food

Equal rights or education.

We are the lucky ones

The privileged people

Who have the luxury

To live our lives and almost forget

That we have so much to be thankful for.

 

Thanksgiving, 2013

Paul Strikwerda©nethervoice