I am Blessed

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As I follow this path my life is leading me along, as I relearn how to live a life without a full-time partner, I know that I am blessed in many ways. The outpouring of support, kind words, hugs (virtual and real), the reacknowledgment that life is full of love and friendship, that people are, after all, good – I could ask for no more. I have, nearby, my kids whose physical presence is limited but whose love will always be with me, and a network of friends that are more giving and loving than I could ever expect. I have a roof and skies of blue or twinkling with stars over my head, the sun shining through my windows, the warmth of my furry girls. I could ask for no more.

Today I received in the mail a gift I shall treasure for the rest of my days – a 2014 calendar created in a collaboration of father and daughter, a family who have been dear friends for more years than my children have been in my life – the calendar consisting of photos taken by daughter and poems written by father. One poem seemed particularly fitting for me at this time of my life. With assumed permission, as I am sure there would be no objection, I should like to share that poem:

ALL I NEED

I have all I need and more!

Nothing else would make life
fuller, richer, or more satisfying.

I have all I need and more:
more toys, food, wine, electronics, or clothes,
more entertainment, land, space, rooms,
more ownership, bytes or rpms,
horsepower, glitter or shine,
will not make me happier, giddier, smarter
or more secure.

I have all that I need and more:
in restlessness, malls bring no calm;
in hopelessness, tons of cash offer none;
in loneliness, chat rooms grant no intimacy;
in anger, credit & cards bring no ease;
in despair, new autos give no comfort;
in anxiety, chemicals bring no peace;
in aimlessness, projects offer no compass;
in faithlessness, media gods give no life.

I need only another day to sing, “Amen.”

Richard E. Lake

I have enough; how about you?

About Carol

I'm me - nothing unusual, just me. Widowed, 2 grown children who are my best friends, 1 dog, retired, loving being retired. I am woman, I am strong.
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12 Responses to I am Blessed

  1. What a gift! What a poem! Thankfully, I too have enough.

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  2. Robin says:

    Such a beautiful poem and gift. I am blessed with enough, too. Hugs, love, and peace to you, Carol.

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  3. Joanne says:

    Such a beautiful and meaningful poem for you at this time Carol, I can see why it touched your heart. Thank you for sharing. I too have enough and when I think of what ‘enough’ for me includes, the most precious parts of my life have not cost me a single cent. ❤

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  4. What a beautiful poem, Carol; I’m sure these words, coming from such dear friends, will help you get through the days ahead with grace and some joy. Peace and blessings to you in the coming year. xxx

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  5. Dawn says:

    Wonderful gift. Yes, I was thinking about you last night as we were exploring a town dripping with Christmas lights. I’ve been so restless lately, wanting to leave, explore a new life…and I thought of you as I stood among all those lights with my husband and knew that I had a lot and it was enough.

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  6. Angelia Sims says:

    Praising the gift of words and being blessed. Amen!

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  7. lisa says:

    Thank you for the beautiful reminder of what life is really about…and isn’t about. xox

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  8. Mort says:

    What a comfort. This poem seems to reaffirm your already great outlook on life. Most of us do have enough but so many don’t recognize it. So good you have your circle of good friends to help brighten your path in the days to come.

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  9. Beautiful poem. And thank YOU for teaching me what “enough” really means. I am content.

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  10. Kathy says:

    This is a precious gift that you have given us–reminding us again about “enough”. I have been pondering this all day. Ways I don’t think I’m enough. Yet also ways in which I know I am enough. What shuts me down. What opens me into deep enoughness. We are blessed; may we each encompass that blessing. Happy New Year, Carol.

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  11. Heather says:

    Surrounded by my husband, furry ones, and dear nephews today, I have more than enough and I am grateful. I hope 2014 brings you enough. And I hope it brings you so much love and happiness.

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