It has been too long since my last post and I apologize if anyone has been disappointed (or even noticed). I could make excuses and say I have been very busy, but the truth is I just haven’t prioritized this blog sufficiently. I can’t say I haven’t had the time for “I have all I need”.
It’s interesting that I had been wondering about which poem I should post and I had decided to go with this one. When I opened up my site to write I was greeted with an ad for a post titled “Give me meatloaf”. Certainly, the universe or the divine or God, is abounding with synchronous connection and humour.
I should point out that this poem was written eight and a half years ago, and I have moved twice since then. Hopefully it still has some relevance.
I Have All I Need
I have enough. I have all I need.
I would like more, but I am not ready,
for I do not appreciate everything I have.
I have a roof over my head. It may be a little mouldy,
and peeling in places, but it keeps me warm on these cold, winter nights.
It keeps out the rain and the wind. I do not have to huddle around fires,
or under bridges to survive.
Thank you for the roof over my head.
I have enough food to eat, brought from countries all round the world.
I can eat different foods each day of the week, if I choose.
And I have enough. Sometimes I have to go into debt,
to pay for my groceries, but I always have enough to eat.
Let me never say “I’m starving” again.
Let me remember those people who really are starving.
They are often living in refugee camps and fleeing natural or man-made disasters.
Let me be grateful for the abundance I already have.
Have you noticed how often many of these people smile…
grateful to be alive… grateful for the smallest of gifts,
or the simplest act of kindness.
It is humbling.
Help me to remember all the things I have.
Help me to remember, that I have nothing to complain about.
Help me to be grateful.
Help me to cultivate an attitude of gratitude.
Help me to be willing to share my belongings, as so many others are already doing.
Help me to appreciate the things that are really important in life.
So what if I do not have a recordable DVD player, or an up-to-date car.
I have life. I have shelter.
I have family and friends who love me.
All my needs are being met.
God, help me to appreciate all these gifts…
for I am truly blessed.
And when I do fully appreciate the things I have,
I can stop wasting my time and my thoughts,
in idle speculation and dreaming.
I can get on with living my life in the way I know I should:
living simply, with a smile on my face
and helping others who are less fortunate.
As the old saying goes:
“When someone needs a smile… give them one of yours.”
For a smile can be infectious…
and perhaps, one day… we will all be infected.
Thanks for reading. I am endeavouring to post blogs at least weekly, and hopefully bi-weekly from now on.
May the divine walk with you and take you to where you need to be. Go with the divine flow, always.