What is it that I am waiting for? Why do I think I am not good enough or strong enough or smart enough or beautiful enough or kind enough? Why is the ripeness, the fullness of my existence so difficult to accept?

Why do I think someone is more ~ or less ~ then my self? Why do I not see the wholeness in the world around me?

Why is union so elusive?

There is a beauty and joy as the trees in the northeastern US give up their leaves every fall. The world ripens. My prayer is that I may accept and be grateful for the ripeness that is me ~ that is you. However momentary that may be.

Here is a video produced by A Network for Grateful Living (ANG*L) of Poet Jane Hirshfield performing at the Poetry of Gratefulness event at the Herbst Theatre, San Francisco, CA, February 3, 2008. I recommend a visit to:…a non-profit organization dedicated to the practice of gratitude. You may want to check out some of the other very worthwhile videos while you’re there!

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  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Mark John O'Reardon, carolyn grady. carolyn grady said: Gratitude for the wholeness that already exists: […]

  2. Borges said” “We want what we lack, not what we have.” But it doesn’t have to be that way. What I have, what I am, is enough for me.

  3. You’re right. What am I waiting for? All good questions and I believe I’ll reflect on them as I edit photos today.
    .-= Ann Martin´s last blog ..DALLAS AREA (Wylie High School) Senior Pictures =-.

  4. This made me cry. SO many of us are out here just trying to love ourselves…so hard sometimes. throughout the day I find myself saying that God loves me and I am loved no matter what. What is that emptiness…
    .-= Shane´s last blog ..Want Green Giveaways, Discounts and Promotions? Check out our First “Daily Green Deal” with Over $32,000 in Prizes!!! =-.

  5. Shane, Absolutely, YES. Thanks for your heartfelt comment. What DO YOU think that emptiness is?

  6. Ann, This is a late response, but I do hope your editing went well. There’s nothing quite like tedious, mindless work for opening our minds to deep (or even not-so-deep) questions. Anything come up for you?

  7. @nothingprofound: Echoing “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometime, you just might find, you get what you need.” If we could only acknowledge what we already have, we’d be soooo happy!

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