For all the blessings of my life
I’m truly grateful: for
hopes and dreams,
For the light of day, the stars at night
a place of shelter, food to eat
I’m grateful .
For my alternating health and illness
teaching me so much
For more than two years of sobriety,
for getting my kicks naturally
For all the changing seasons of this world
and of my life
For the many places I have lived
the people I have known and loved
But most of all I’m grateful for
the all-pervading love
from which I’ve come, to which I will return
which I hope to return to all
the ones I love
Cultivating an attitude of gratitude
Writing a gratitude list can seem like the hardest thing when you are suffering, but gratitude is magical: it helps us to fall back in love with life again. I feel a deep love of and connection to all things on earth when I switch off my mind and meditate. So I am sharing my gratitude with dVerse tonight, where we will be reading our poems live. Come join us, and share the love!
The photograph was taken at Slavnik summit last Saturday: I just love those fluffy clouds 🙂
It always helps to list our blessings and be thankful. And once we are more evolved we thanks God for our challenges as well, so I especially liked your verse in gratitude of the lessons you have learned from your illness. Watching that clip from Pollyanna brought me back in time. 💓
I have definitely learned a lot from my illness, the main lesson being never take good health for granted! I’m trying out a new treatment which seems to be helping anyway 😊 💕
That’s great news! 🧡
Sometimes it really helps to think about all the good things in our lives. Thank you for the reminder, Ingrid. And yes, to puffy clouds in a blue sky. I always feel like I can reach up and touch them when they look like that. 😀 (Something else to be grateful for).
I enjoyed hearing you read this with your sons’s voices in the background!
Particularly in today’s pandemic era. A very relevant poem. It was nice hearing you read it as well
Thank you Gillena ❤️
I know what you mean about wanting to grab those clouds ⛅️ and I’m glad the kids are being exposed to poetry from a young age 😊
Beautiful poem of gratitude with an uplifting message.
Peace be with you
Thank you, Truedessa: and with you 🙏
I’m grateful for your presence and gifts that inspire Ingrid and your so write… it’s not always easy especially when you’re not doing great but truly makes a difference like you do.
love the video! 💖🤣🤗🤗
Thanks Cindy: we can all play the glad game if we choose 😊❤️🙏
It’s so true!💕♥️🌺
I always say I’m the luckiest, richest man on earth for what I’ve got. Great family, love and loved. A warm bed and a home. Many people arnt so lucky are they.
No they’re not! Sounds like you have all you need 😊
Yeah very fortunate.
For all of the things we’ve lost, being thankful for what remains is a great topic for a poem. Nice to see and hear you read it as well.
Thanks Lisa 😊
Fine work and well-delivered at OLN, Ingrid. Thanks.
Thank you Ron.
<3 <3 <3 A joy to read.
Thank you Jenna ❤️
A beautiful poem of gratefulness!
It’s important to remember to be grateful!
A wonderful poem of Gratitude Ingrid!
Thank you Dwight – I am grateful for your comment!
This is incredibly tender and heartfelt, Ingrid! It was wonderful to hear you read this gem at LIVE session tonight 💝💝
Thank you Sanaa 💕💕
This is incredibly inspirational … thank you for gifting it to us ….
My pleasure Helen 😊
Thank you for responding to my old poem about our son Carl. He thought he had found a lasting love back in 2009, alas it wasn’t meant to be. He was heartbroken. Special needs folks can be fragile or positive like Carl who in time overcame the pain. At the age of sixty love seems like a faraway fantasy … he maintains deep family and friends connections. All good.💙💙
Family love and friendship are important too. Glad to hear he’s doing well ❤️
Such a beautiful and moving poem, Ingrid! I have great admiration for you…the accomplishments keep coming even when you don’t feel welll, and your writing is always excellent, The anthology and the readings from it are very impressive. Your support for environmental issues is laudable and a wonderful example for your sons. I could go on…
All the best to you and your family! <3
Thank you so much Cheryl: your kind words mean a lot to me! All the best to you and yours as well ❤️
I forgot to thank you for the Pollyanna clip.<3 Love it!
A classic! 😄
There’s a friend of mine on the blogosphere who does a gratitude journal each day. I love reading it and adding my own gratitude. So, for today, I’m grateful for traveling recycled trails speckled with brilliant leaves. I’m grateful for spaghetti dinner and for the sparkling eyes of my students and my children. ~Lovely to see you and your dear ones this afternoon.
That’s a great idea: there are so many simple things to be grateful for. Those cheeky monkeys were up until 10:30!
I love the glad game. It’s been so long. I’m so grateful for recycled trails freckled with fresh fallen leaves. For the sparkle in the eyes of my children and students. So grateful to have had time this afternoon to meet with the d’Versians.
Lovely poem and enjoyed very much what you had to say thank you Ingrid. Love and blessings, Joni
Many thanks to you Joni ❤️😊🤗
It was my pleasure indeed. Hugs and love, Joni
So lovely to read Ingrid. Glass half full, as they say.
Exactly! Thank you Marion 🙏
As they say in the rooms, a grateful drunk will never drink again … let’s add that a grateful poet will always have something to write about. Thanks for the abundant reminder.
When I stopped drinking, I got my poetry back, so the two will forever be linked in my mind.
This reads like a heartfelt prayer. 🧡
Thank you 🙏
And I adore that stubborn gladness game Ms. Pollyanna plays. Yes I do! I love Pollyannas. 👏
Oh yes, we should all play it every day 😊
I loved hearing you read this! And yes…..thankful for every day.
Thank you Lillian 🙏
A reflective write, Ingrid. 💖 I agree with you – feeling about and writing grateful thoughts can be challenging when you are feeling anything but that, but it shifts our mindset (and life), especially when it becomes a habit. ✨
Exactly! Thank you Michele ❤️
Gratitude is often underrated or taken for granted. When we list the things we are grateful for, we realise how lucky we are. Thanks for sharing this. ❤️🥰
My pleasure Punam 🙏❤️
Thank you for sharing, Ingrid.
My pleasure Ken!
gratitude is surely the right attitude! Well said lovely lady … you have overcome addiction and that’s no mean feat. You bring joy and love to all you meet and for that I am most grateful!
I wrote this years ago but it’s still a fav 🙂
Thank you Kate! 😊 I will read your poem on my laptop a but later: if I follow links on my phone I can’t comment on them!
no need, just that yours triggered recall of mine … same theme different format, thanks!
Gratitude is a great virtue. And this piece is truly amazing!
Thank you 🙏
You’re most welcome!
Gratitude is something that we have as children but seems we must relearn with age. It lightens every load, and puts life in perspective, and you have made it very real and alive in this poem.
Thank you, it helps me get through the tough days and appreciate the good times!
Beautiful list 👌👏… Thank you for sharing ☺️
My pleasure 😊
I loved to hear you read it, and I love how this came out as a contrast to the pain you were writing from in the Tuesday prompt. Maybe life should be both.
Certainly: I think we should aim for balance 😊
I enjoyed reading all these sentiments, Ingrid, especially:
“for getting my kicks naturally” – that comes with time, doesn’t it? After yo’ve tried everything else? Constantly searching for some thrill and then it’s the simplest things under your nose that do it after all! In my case, anyway (curled up with a good book and a cup of tea!!) 😀
“For my alternating health and illness
teaching me so much
I’m grateful” – I felt that <3
Thank you, Sunra! Yes, those precious moments in nature, or curled up with a book: bliss!
Gratitude is really magical! Reading this is a bliss. 💚
Thank you kindly! ❤️
gratitude, humility and delaying of gratification make well be the cornerstones to a peaceful life