if you are sad
if you are angry
if you are sick
if you are lost
if you are alone
if you are confused
if you are frustrated
No matter your complaint
Stop for a moment,
step away from yourself.
Focus on the wondrousness
of a thing so simple,
a thing that is there
even on all the days you don’t see it.
Give thanks for the miracle of your eyes.
They allow you to see a sky
that many can only try to imagine.
Breathe deeply of the air that sustains you.
Basic. Base. There.
Such a blessing
to enjoy the simple act of breathing
without a thought, without a struggle.
Kneel to the ground
and smell the rich aroma of the earth
that supports you.
Draw up and fill your lungs
with flora, with fresh laundry,
with the scents of life
that ride on the breezes.
This gift. This blessing …
Move those limbs that you can move.
Do you have legs?
Can you walk, run, jump, twirl?
Do you have arms, hands, fingers?
Can you clap them, flex them, write your name in the air?
Can you reach for the sky?
Rejoice in these simple freedoms
that so many must live without.
I, too, am guilty
of the human disease
called unmindful existence.
So today is the day
I will step away from myself,
take one step forward,
acknowledge how very blessed I am.
I have eyes that allow me to see
all that is right in front of me,
and awareness to clear my vision.
I can see.
I can feel.
I can breathe.
I can walk.
I can speak.
I can hear.
I can taste.
I can eat.
I can drink.
I can forgive.
I can love.
I can choose.
I can imagine.
I can make a difference.
I can hope.
For hope is always there
just waiting for you to believe.
I can walk outside
and I can look up at the infinite sky
and I can marvel at the magical synthesis
that produces such an astonishing shade of blue.
I can stand on land
that spreads in every direction
and know that it is possible
to go anywhere I want to go.
I can peel an orange
and eat the flesh
and when the juice runs over my chin
I can splash cool water on my face
and feel grateful that the simplest things in life
are also some of the most magnificent.
The sadness, the anger, the frustration …
it will come, it will go, it will still be there.
But so will the simple blessings.