Gratitude

I could fret that my petals don’t match,

That some are shaped inconceivably small;

I could complain that my stem is too weak,

That I’m leaning too far, that my blossom might fall.

I could gripe that I’m alone in this place,

That none of my kind are in near proximity;

I could worry that I’ll soon lose face,

That in aging, my bloom will meet fragility.

But I could boast that my petals are unique,

That the sizing and arrangement reveal a rare soul;

I could revel in the stem that is so weak,

For it teaches me to lean on my Saviour as my goal.

I could learn to develop inner skills,

So that being all alone is not a lonely place;

I could rejoice that my hidden mental frills

Will replace my outer shell, and the fleeting bloom of face.

I could choose to see my world in sun,

Instead of drenched with gloom, in darkness overwhelmed;

I could seek to serve the Living One,

And live my days with Gratitude at my heart’s helm!

12 comments on “Gratitude

  1. kristen98 says:

    This speaks to my heart so deeply… At one time I focused on all my weaknesses and shortcomings, but God has taught me to be thankful because it is Him that has made me beautifully and wonderfully made. However, It’s not always easy to believe.

    • melodylowes says:

      You’re so right. I, too, struggle to get the knowledge of the truth from brain to heart… Our world does so much to destroy this amazing truth – it is up to us to fight back! 🙂

  2. Petro Neagu says:

    It’s so easy to put yourself down while it takes so much effort to see the beauty in you 😦 We should be more confident in ourselves and our qualities, like the nature is. You’ve put that very beautifully into poetry, as always 🙂

    Hugs and kisses

    • melodylowes says:

      Thanks Petro! I’m afraid that when bed things happen, we see in them only our trampled self, not our true worth. A hard lesson to learn by heart, to remember our true value!

  3. Caddo Veil says:

    Ahhh Yes! I’m very Big on Gratitude!! God bless you this Lord’s Day–love, Caddo

    • melodylowes says:

      Gratitude just may be the key to success! God bless you back!

      • Caddo Veil says:

        I’m completely convinced it IS the key to success, and joyful satisfaction with life, and who we are. (I just wish I’d realized it about 50 years ago…oh well.)

  4. Reblogged this on Teacher as Transformer and commented:
    I think this is a wonderfully stated message for us to embrace. What if we treated the ordinary as extraordinary?

  5. This is a wonderful poem, it speaks volumes! It is my favorite so far.

    • melodylowes says:

      Thank you. Gratitude is something our world seems to be missing – and that I find I really have to practice in my own in order for it to get a foothold on me…

  6. Penescapes says:

    Each poem from you is a blossomed blessing…to the the world ~

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