Thursday, January 14, 2010

Thankfulness Thursday - Compassion

(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

I can.

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...)


beth said...

the haiti devastation breaks my heart...

I want to hop on a plane and go there to love all the children in the would be the only way I could really help...or make a difference.

Sherry said...

Truer words...we are only one but if each one....

And yes, we have so much to be thankful for, to be grateful for and it is wise to remember that every single day. ♥

LuLu Kellogg said...

I am thankful for all I have as well. My computer crashed and I lost everything on it so I am recreating all my files and doing it very humbly today.

I received your beautiful card yesterday and thank you so much :)

Love to you,

Cindy said...

Kim, just a beautiful post, and I love your blog. Take care.

Jennifer said...

This is beautiful Kim. The devastation in Haiti is horrible and heartbreaking. Thank you for that poem!!

Kate Robertson said...

Beautiful page and post too. I too am grateful for my life on this day of sorrow for so many.

Paula said...

What a wonderful quote; I'm going to print it out and keep it where I can see it. I need to be reminded sometimes!

Anonymous said...

this is so lovley thank you so much for sharing all you have to be grateful for. fantastic quote I have been wandering what small thing i can do for the people in haiti

Genie Sea said...

Absolutely lovely, Kim. In times like these. In times of deep sorrow, two joys arise. The joy of gratitude and the joy of giving. Hugs! :)

Carrie said...

Came here from Kind over Matter, what a joy to come across 2 fab blogs in the one day. A beautiful post and such truth in those words. Going to write them down - thank you.

A Miraculous Meliss said...

Breath~taking. You so have a way...and it's really amazing to take in.


SE'LAH... said...

lots and lots of prayers sent up for the people of Haiti.

it's so wonderful to see so many people raising their voice and extending their hearts.


Elizabeth Halt said...

Such a good reminder.

In all the sadness, it is wonderful to see so many people doing what they can do to help.

Bethany said...

Great qoute. I LOVE your art so much. It makes me immediately happy and lighter, even with such a sad subject.