Poetry Friday ~ Gratitude

8 May

Hi, everyone! It’s the first of the month, and that means poets choose their own syllabic poetry form, theme, words, images, etc. Colleen’s 2020 Weekly Poetry Challenge

The year 2020 has seen its share of major historic events and bizarre incidents in just a little over five months–– including the acquittal of President Donald Trump in an impeachment trial, the bushfires in Australia, the rapid spread of the coronavirus pandemic, and the entire world grinding to a halt as businesses shut down and people are quarantined.

As I ponder on these events and others like the death of (a legend) Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash, the United Kingdom withdrawing from the European Union, the Dow plunging 2,997 points due to coronavirus fears, the 2020 Summer Olympics postponed, and the fact that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped down from their duties as senior royals in Buckingham Palace, I want to pinch myself to be sure I’m not in some dark and eerie nightmare. Despite the peculiar times we’re living in, I’m sure everyone can find at least one thing to be thankful for, right?

I’m thankful that my family and I are doing well, and that we have plenty to eat and drink, and our toilet paper inventory is full. I’m grateful that this nightmare has not prevented me from doing a lot of reading and writing. My cooking and baking skills have gotten better. Despite the fact that I miss my family I have enjoyed our zoom get togethers. I’m also grateful to be in such great company during isolation – there are no better quarantine buddies than my husband JC and Pomeranian Scribbles. I have a roof over my head and a great view of a golf course. How could I not feel gratitude in my heart.

Although there are a plethora of strange happenings there are also appreciable moments. To be honest, there have been times when I’ve been down, fearful, anxious – none of us has ever lived through times like these. It’s easy to feel vulnerable and like you have no control over the outcome of your life. But when have we ever had total control over the outcome of our lives? We can’t focus only on the negative – it won’t solve a thing. Let’s think about all we should be grateful for.

“The most powerful weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another. Train your mind to see the good in this day.”

Gratitude should be

as natural as breathing

Inhale and Exhale

Photo by Candice Picard @candice_picard

Stay healthy, helpful, and calm, my friends!

60 Responses to “Poetry Friday ~ Gratitude”

  1. Gwen M. Plano May 8, 2020 at 5:54 pm #

    Ahhh, so lovely. Big hugs! ♥♥♥

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    • Vashti Q May 9, 2020 at 3:23 pm #

      Thank you, Gwen. Hugs and kisses to you! ❤ xo

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  2. Jill Weatherholt May 8, 2020 at 5:56 pm #

    Beautiful, Vashti. There’s always something to be grateful for. Stay well! ❤

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    • Vashti Q May 9, 2020 at 3:25 pm #

      Yes, you’re right. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed with all the bad, but we should remember the good that surrounds us as well. Thank you! You do the same! ❤

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  3. John W. Howell May 8, 2020 at 6:02 pm #

    Very uplifting post, Vashti. Thank you.

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    • Vashti Q May 9, 2020 at 3:27 pm #

      I’m happy you think so, John. Thank you! ❤

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  4. Stephen Geez May 8, 2020 at 6:56 pm #

    How could my day not be better now?!

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    • Vashti Q May 9, 2020 at 3:28 pm #

      Awww. That’s so sweet, Stephen. Thank you! Have a fabulous weekend! ❤

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  5. Colleen M. Chesebro May 8, 2020 at 6:59 pm #

    Vashti, what a beautiful and uplifting commentary on where we are in the world today. It’s hard not to write about our feelings, good and bad. I’m grateful for you and your lovely words. I loved your Haiku! ❤

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  6. Elizabeth May 8, 2020 at 8:45 pm #

    Love your 2nd paragraph about gratitude! For sure, we need to see what is around us and be grateful. Beautiful poem!

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    • Vashti Q May 9, 2020 at 3:36 pm #

      Hi, Elizabeth! We can’t turn a blind eye to what’s happening in the world, but we mustn’t forget all the reasons we should be grateful. I’m happy you liked the haiku. Thank you! 😀 xo

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  7. memadtwo May 8, 2020 at 9:06 pm #

    That is a good reminder Vashti! (K)

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  8. yvettemcalleiro May 8, 2020 at 11:00 pm #

    What a great post, Vashti! As someone who lives with an anxiety disorder, I can completely connect with this post. And I love the quote and the poem. I do a lot of meditation, so inhale and exhale is right on the money. 😊

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    • Vashti Q May 9, 2020 at 3:44 pm #

      Hi, Yvette! Yoga and meditation have helped me significantly with my anxiety. That was actually the inspiration for the inhale and exhale. Taking deep cleansing breaths help clear our minds and relaxes us so that we may focus on the positive. Thank you, my friend! ❤

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  9. Olga Nunez Miret May 9, 2020 at 12:56 am #

    Thanks for the inspiration! Keep safe!

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    • Vashti Q May 9, 2020 at 3:45 pm #

      Hi, Olga! It’s my pleasure. Stay safe, happy, and healthy my friend! ❤

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  10. D.L. Finn, Author May 9, 2020 at 2:41 am #

    Yes, we aren’t lacking in bad news daily, I agree. We are lucky here too with a roof over our head and food. We have everything we need. I do hope gratitude becomes as easy to us as breathing. Thanks, Vashti xo

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    • Vashti Q May 9, 2020 at 3:48 pm #

      Me too, my friend. Some days it comes easier than others, but we must always make an effort to see the good and be thankful. Have a fabulous weekend! Thank you! ❤

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  11. judeitakali May 9, 2020 at 6:26 am #

    Love the highlights, beautiful advice and lovely poetry at the end to bow it ofg

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    • Vashti Q May 9, 2020 at 3:49 pm #

      Thank you, Jude! I’m happy you enjoyed the post. Have a wonderful weekend! 😀 xo

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  12. specialk718 May 9, 2020 at 6:58 am #

    I like the 🌈 and gratitude through it all.

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    • Vashti Q May 9, 2020 at 3:50 pm #

      Thank you, Kathy! Enjoy the weekend! ❤ xo

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  13. Annette Rochelle Aben May 9, 2020 at 7:28 am #

    Love your reasons for being grateful! Here; to the little things that bring big smiles!!! ❤

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    • Vashti Q May 9, 2020 at 3:52 pm #

      Yes! Thank you, Annette. You bring a smile to my face, too. Enjoy the weekend! ❤

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  14. coldhandboyack May 9, 2020 at 9:55 am #

    That little moment of gratitude is important every day now.

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    • Vashti Q May 9, 2020 at 3:56 pm #

      I agree, Craig. When things are at their worse that’s when we should focus on the good things in our lives. Thank you! 😀 xo

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  15. balroop2013 May 9, 2020 at 12:03 pm #

    When we count our blessings, gratitude flows like a stream. 🙂 Stay blessed dear Vashti.

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    • Vashti Q May 9, 2020 at 3:59 pm #

      You are the inspiration behind this post, Balroop. Your last comment made me ponder on my situation. You’re right, when we count our blessings, gratitude fills our hearts. Thank you, my friend! ❤ xo

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  16. Soooz May 9, 2020 at 3:44 pm #

    Your post warmed this old heart and lifted my spirits, my friend. Our world is forever altered and as her caretakers, we must rise to the occasion. United we stand.

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    • Vashti Q May 9, 2020 at 4:03 pm #

      Well said, my dear friend. You’re right, we have to adjust to the new normal, and with the lessons we’ve learned, hopefully, make things better for ourselves and the planet. ❤ xo

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  17. Jan Sikes May 9, 2020 at 5:29 pm #

    Vashti, you are so right in that this entire year has been like one long Stephen King style nightmare that we can’t awaken from. But, you are also right in that if we focus on what we have to be grateful for and really FEEL that gratitude, it will multiple. It’s the law of the Universe. Thank you for such an awesome post!

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    • Vashti Q May 11, 2020 at 1:39 am #

      Thank you for your visit and lovely comment, Jan❣️
      I’m happy we see eye to eye on this.😊

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  18. dgkaye May 10, 2020 at 10:13 pm #

    Amen Sister. We’re truly living in Twilight times. And like you say, we cannot allow ourselve to go to the dark side. Period. So let’s be grateful for our tender mercies and see what the new world will bring. ❤ xx

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    • Vashti Q May 11, 2020 at 1:44 am #

      I got a chill when I read ‘what the new world will bring,’ but you’re absolutely right, Sis. Let’s hope for the best but prepare for whatever may come. 🥰

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  19. Marje @ Kyrosmagica May 11, 2020 at 5:17 pm #

    True there is much to be grateful for Vashti. Hugs. X

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  20. An excellent summation of the year so far Vashti and also a reflection of how the majority of us are feeling at this moment.. I do join you in being grateful to be isolated but also insulated from the virus and to have someone I love to share this time with. Very lucky indeed. Thanks ♥

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    • Vashti Q May 15, 2020 at 11:32 am #

      Hi, Sally! I’m happy you enjoyed the post. Thank you for your visit and lovely comment. ❤ xo

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  21. Jacquie Biggar May 12, 2020 at 1:52 pm #

    Perfectly said, Vashti- just breathe ❤

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    • Vashti Q May 15, 2020 at 11:37 am #

      Thank you, Jacquie! If only more people were aware of how beneficial it is to just take a few deep breaths when tensions are high, the world would be a calmer place. 😉 ❤

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  22. Bette A. Stevens May 12, 2020 at 2:04 pm #

    Beautiful post and poem, Vashti! ❤ xo

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    • Vashti Q May 15, 2020 at 11:38 am #

      It’s nice to see you, Bette! Happy Friday! Thank you! I’m glad you liked the post. ❤ xo

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  23. D. Wallace Peach May 12, 2020 at 6:37 pm #

    Such lovely wisdom, Vashti. There is always something to be grateful for. Beautiful poem.

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    • Vashti Q May 15, 2020 at 11:42 am #

      Hi, Diana! You always put a smile on my face. Yes, there’s always a reason to be grateful even if it’s simply that we’re healthy. Thank you! ❤

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  24. OIKOS™-Publishing May 12, 2020 at 6:59 pm #

    Thank you for the wonderful poem, Vashti! Timeless and also important. In these days, some people may forget it, but it could have been even worse. I hope you are well and stay save. Keep on enjoying the life. Michael

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    • Vashti Q May 15, 2020 at 11:53 am #

      Hi, Michael! I’m happy you enjoyed the poem. As long as my family and I are safe and healthy, there’s a good book around, and I’m able to write I’ll be enjoying life. 😀 I hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy, too. ❤

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      • OIKOS™-Publishing May 15, 2020 at 12:13 pm #

        Great news, Vashi! Be well and stay save, with yours too. Yes, i really adore your poem. Thank you very much for your kindness.❤

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  25. markbierman May 15, 2020 at 9:08 am #

    This decade is definitely starting off on two left feet. You are right, there is still plenty to be thankful for.

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    • Vashti Q May 15, 2020 at 11:58 am #

      Ha, ha! I love that, Mark! 2020 definitely has two left feet. Even the weather is playing into this year’s weirdness. You have plenty to be grateful for with your brilliant and beautiful daughters. ❤

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  26. robbiesinspiration May 24, 2020 at 12:53 pm #

    A lovely poem, Vashti. I am glad you are managing the lockdown okay.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q May 27, 2020 at 3:40 pm #

      Thank you, Robbie. I hope you are doing well too. ❤

      Liked by 1 person

      • robbiesinspiration May 28, 2020 at 12:07 am #

        I might be completely mad by the end of this, Vashti, but we are alive and well. The mental strain is a different thing, isn’t it?

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    • Vashti Q May 29, 2020 at 7:42 pm #

      You’re right. Many of us will need therapy after this. Hang in there, my friend. I know it’s hard. ❤ xo

      Liked by 1 person

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