#thankfulness

GRATITUDE

Each morning when I wake up I give thanks for all the big things in my life

My friends, my family, my children, my grandchildren and my wife

 

I give thanks I have enough clothes to keep me warm and food to keep me fed

that I have a house…a car…and at night…a comfortable place to lay my head.

 

When I take a walk I give thanks for all the big things that I see…

The sun, the moon, the ocean…every cloud and every tree.

 

And I never forget to thank the Earth for all that she is giving

from all the beauty she surrounds me with to the air that keeps me living.

 

When I’m finished thanking big things I start to thank the small things that catch my eye

A loving smile, a kind hearted wave…a bird…a butterfly.

 

A ladybug landing on my finger, the crickets making their nightly sound

A leaf that gently floats upon the wind as it flutters to the ground.

 

I spend my days and nights like this thanking things both big and small

And when my day is over I realize…I haven’t thanked them all.

 

But that does not discourage me…that I didn’t thank everything on my list

Because I know tomorrow I’ll have another chance to thank those things I missed.


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COUNT MY LUCKY STARS

Where does luck originate in this unpredictable life of ours?

The ancients believed our destiny was influenced and even determined by the stars.

 

Perhaps they theorized with only a few planets…merely one moon and just one sun

their Gods created all those stars…making each…a lucky one.

 

So no matter how their day had gone…no matter the accolades or scars

They could walk into the twilight…and count their lucky stars.

 

If I should need help this Thanksgiving remembering what or who I’m thankful for

I’ll take a moment in the darkness…I’ll step out my front door…

 

I’ll look into the vast expanse of space above me…

where stars are bright and planets soar…

and remember all the things down here…

that I am thankful for.

 

My health, my friends, a sunrise…

that day we walked hand in hand dow the aisle…

our children and our grandchildren…the ability to smile…

 

So many things to be thankful for…so many reasons why…

As many things to be thankful for…as there are stars up in the sky.

 

And I as I count my lucky stars…

as I watch my thankful thoughts ascend….

I’ll know the things I’m thankful for…

like the stars…will never end.

 

Perhaps the ancients had it right…

perhaps our destiny is influenced by the stars…

Perhaps that’s why they were created…

 

to remind us how lucky we are.


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