(art journal page - Prayers for Haiti - 01/13/10)
Today, I am so filled with gratitude.
I am grateful for all I have, from the cozy shelter I live in,
to the running water I use to wash my hands,
to the food on my plate,
and every other thing I am so fortunate to come in contact with each day.
I am also so very grateful that my dear, dear, loved ones
are all safe and sound today.
That I can pick up the phone and hear their voices,
and tell them I love them,
and be heard.
And on this day, when the world is so full of sorrow, strife, and devastation,
I am so grateful for our ability to show compassion and love to one another.
The outpouring of love, and prayer and whatever help each one of us is capable of
for the people of Haiti and so many others in the world,
gives me hope
and makes me grateful
that I am here
to witness it
and to participate in it
in whatever way
And when I forget, and start to feel overwhelmed, inadequate, or helpless, I turn back to this quote from Edward Everett Hale, that helped me so much yesterday :
"I am only one.
But I am one.
I cannot do everything
but I can do something.
And I will not let
what I cannot do
interfere with what
I can do."
and get back to doing what I can...
(you can go here to see some ways that you can show your gratitude for all that you have today...)