Paula’s Weekly Message: Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello Everyone – It’s officially The Holiday Season!

What glorious time of the year! Friends worldwide watch as we Americans observe our Thanksgiving holiday, giving thanks for our countless blessings. Several of my friends in other countries have commented that they think this annual American tradition is a dear one.

Yes, this is a time to pause and reflect; to fill our hearts with gratitude and focus on what’s right with the world and what’s working well in our lives. In the spirit of thanksgiving, I’d like to share a poem I taught my children when they were young. You may want to share it with others…

This (anonymous) poem is titled “The World is Mine”.

The World is Mine

Today upon a bus, I saw a lovely maid with golden hair.

I envied her – she seemed so gay – I wished I were as fair.

When she rose to leave, I saw her hobble down the aisle.

She had one foot and wore a crutch, but as she passed, a smile.

Oh God, forgive me when I whine,

I have two feet – the world is mine!

And then I stopped to buy some sweets.

the lad who sold them was so kind.

I talked with him – he said to me,

“It’s nice to talk with folks like you.

You see,” he said, “I’m blind.”

Oh God, forgive me when I whine,

I have two eyes – the world is mine!

Then walking down the street,

I saw a child with eyes of blue.

He stood and watched the others play,

It seemed he knew not what to do.

I stopped for a moment, then I said,

“Why don’t you join the others, dear?”

He looked ahead without a word,

And then I new he could not hear.

Oh, God, forgive me when I whine.

I have two ears – the world is mine!

With feet to take me where I’d go,

With eyes to see the sunset’s glow,

With ears to hear what I would know,

Oh, God, forgive me when I whine.

I’m blessed indeed! The world is mine!


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