The Art of Gratitude

We tend to get stuck
in the middle of our situations,
our problems, shortcomings
and frustrations..
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When we’re angry,
feel confused,
our hearts broken,
our bodies bruised.
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It’s often hard to see,
even one reason to be:
Grateful
instead of hateful.
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To feel grateful
instead of stressed,
lonely, discouraged
or depressed.
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Being grateful is an art,
mastered by few,
and yet it is so simple
if we only knew:
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It’s not always a feeling,
it’s a choice to see;
what lies hidden behind the surface
of ‘ordinary’.
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The tired eyes.
the messy house,
the crying baby
and imperfect spouse
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Eyes able to see,
a place to stay,
someone to love,
a thousand reasons to pray
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Comparison is the enemy
of learning this art.
Longing to live someone else’s life –
potent poison to a grateful heart.
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From gratitude
contentment flows,
relationships flourish
and faith grows
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One thank you at a time
can slowly help us see;
it is never too late for
an ordinary life
to be extraordinary!

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