Raj, the Buddha in Disguise?

Greetings.  I’m killing two (symbolically only, of course) birds with one stone by posting this poem.  Raj’s owner was keen to get a copy of this poem about her beloved pet, and it is a poem which is short and easy  to post given my continuing use of the local library’s computers.  And as an added bonus it demonstrates that I can, at least occasionally write poetry that rhymes.

Given the state of the world at the moment it is appropriate to write about something which is light and joyful.  It is so important to stay positive and good-humoured in these times of confusion.

It is great too to find sources of inspiration and upliftment in the world around us.

Enjoy.

Raj, the Buddha in Disguise?

 

Raj is not here, but he’s not far away,

and if I don’t see him now now, I will another day.

 

Raj is ever-present and for him the world is fine.

He cares not if its raining or if the sun doth shine.

 

He miaows with great vigour, for Raj is indeed a cat.

He loves his life and all his food, so much…

so very much, he’s getting fat.

 

But Raj has much to teach us, of this I’m really sure:

for he has contentment… peace…

and a love, that’s really pure.

 

So learn from Raj, the pussy…

Don’t let life’s “moments” get in your way.

Let go… forget your troubles…

and live each moment, of every single day.

 

God bless.

I Have All I Need

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Almighty God,

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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God Bless.

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.

Alan