Good morning Beautiful People,
The following text is a gratitude poem. But because I’m temporarily inept in using this blog platform, alas, I had to convert it into paragraph form.
Dear Friends, how much I thank you!
You broke my fall into an abyss of despair. You added me to your holiday guest list, and sent me fabulous people links and web links to boost my morale, to boost my knowledge, to boost my income.
Thank you Friends for confiding in me.
You trusted me to guard your worst fears and ‘hideous’ wants and secrets. And thanks for safeguarding mine! We taught each other those things that we ourselves had not grasped. All that sincere sharing grew us, especially me, hopefully you too.
Thank you Friends for playing my playmate—
Did we not wake up our carefree, giggly, silly selves? So much fun had we, to be responsibly irresponsible & spontaneous! Being immune to disciplinary stares in public places, we modeled pure joy.
Thank you Friends who pretended to be strangers passing in a flash.
You reflected back to me what I needed to examine & keep me synchronized in integrity. Thank you for being a caretaker when the babyish me was bigger than the adult me…You provided a refuge so that i could lick my wounds from battling the invisible war in my head.
Thank you Friends for applauding my little successes.
You have been my first row fans & competent critics who pointed me to excellence. Without you, I would exist as vapor…unable to stand upright in the world.
Thank you Friends for your sunrise concert, your upbeat chatter & wing flapping…
Just before you dove faster than fighter jets from roofs to grab beaks-full of dry stalks or balls of green moss, weeds & loose gravel from my balcony garden; and peeled off dead slivers of bark to build the most exquisite weather-proof houses, meticulously arranging one piece at a time. What presence! What intelligence! What love! You show me how to design with finesse.
Thank you Friends for reminding me of “seed of potential.”
How wise you are to speak loudly & clearly without an audible voice! You bend with the tempest without breaking. You shed yourself bare & bow low in gratitude, reverence for life. Every time I look towards my balcony there you are—growing, forever elegantly, new leaves & limbs & bark with original color schemes to attract the perfect residents. You are allowing your own seed of potential to flourish to its fullest.
I thank you past & future, my ghost Friends, for making it plain how you do not exist.
Past is a pretty synonym of mental cemetery: A favorite, highly frequented spot where human beings indulge in exhuming the same old bones gone to dust, the material used to build a feared or longed for future. Because ‘you are not,’ I have returned to living fearlessly: I create right now & I experience the results right here in my consciousness!
Thank you critter Friends: especially the spider that weaved a web across my window that attracted strange teeny-weeny critters that left unsightly stains that compromised my view. So I sprayed vinegar water to chase it away.
The next morning, spider had constructed a new more elaborate web. This time I thoroughly cleaned my window of web & stains. But on day three, a new web just as beautiful had trapped several tiny critters frantically attempting to escape. What is your message Friend?
“Never give up! Give total attention to your intention. If failures seem endless, do what you do better until your intention is manifested”.…Yes, Spider is me.
Thank you Friends–the light, air, earth & water that sustain this physical body; the mind that designs my whole life experience: this planet playground in which I have fun trying out my talents & gifts; examining results (what is, a finished product); contemplating cause & effect to expand my awareness & capacity to give more of the limitless reservoir of love intelligence that I am.
Thank you Friends. Thank you.
This is so beautiful Thandiwe, and so profound. The other day I heard on the radio someone saying – ‘Instead of living today as if it were your last’ ie – making the most of every moment (’cause it may all finish soon!) – why not ‘ Live each day as if it were your first, marveling at the wonder that life brings to our feet daily (but that we’re too busy ‘doing/worrying/fearing…. etc to actually see and be grateful for) as gifts we push aside wastefully.
You are living today as if it were your first, what magical journey is life itself eh?
Thank you Julie. I simply speak spontaneously from authenticity. I do feel deeply appreciative for everything, which snaps me back up when I allow an event to momentarily throw me into “woe is me-hood”.