Sunday, August 02, 2009

I am blessed indeed.

Forgive Me When I Whine

Today upon a bus I saw a lovely girl with golden hair.
I envied her - she seemed so gay - and wished I were as fair.
But suddenly she rose to leave. I saw her hobble down the aisle,
she had only one leg and wore a crutch, but as she passed,
a smile...

Oh, God forgive me when I whine,
I have two legs, the world is mine.

I stopped to buy some candy.
The lad who sold them had such charm.
I stopped to talk to him, he seemed so glad
if I was late could do no harm.
As I left he said to me, "I thank-you, you had been so kind.
It's nice to talk to folks like you, you see," he said,
"I am blind."

Oh, God forgive me when I whine,
I have two eyes, the world is mine.

Later while walking down the street,
I saw a child with eyes of blue.
He stood and watched the others play, he did not know what to
do. I stopped a moment and said,
"Why don't you join the others, dear?"
He looked ahead without a word and then I knew,
he couldn't hear.

Oh, God forgive me when I whine,
I have two ears, the world is mine.

With feet to take me where I go,
with eyes to see the sun-set glow,
with ears to hear what I would know.

Oh, God forgive me when I whine,
I am blessed indeed, the world is mine!

~By Og Mandino (adapted from original by Red Foley)~


dyanna said...

Very beautiful words...I like it.

Gramma Ann said...

It is true, we sometimes take for granted all our blessings. Nice poem.

Rinkly Rimes said...

A very telling poem indeed. As I snuggle down in bed at night and think, maybe, that the pillow's a bit hard I think of all the people who don't know what a pillow is!

chubskulit said...

so true, sometimes we tend to just focus on ourself and whine to things that dont really matter

Merle said...

Dear Patty ~~ I love this post and have seen it before. It's a good one. There is always someone worse off than we are.
Take care my friend. Love, Merle.

Winifred said...

An excellent reminder of how much we should count our blessings. Thanks Patty.

Beth65 said...

How quickly I forget, thanks for the reminder.

Granny on the Web said...

Very thought provoking words Patty, I keep reminding myself when I am in a moany mood, a lot of folk are worse off than me.
Loved the blonde joke, previous post.
Love Granny

Tom said...

I really liked this Patty.. the older and more worn I get I realise how lucky I am...
My blogs today show the Three Stags Heads Inn and 2 Magpies On A Bench

Anonymous said...

This is an interesting post and most of the sayings are true.

Renie Burghardt said...

So true. There is always someone worse of. We should be grateful for all our blessings, and kind and helpful to those that need help and a kind word or smile.

We had such a beautiful day today. I hope you did as well.


Denise said...

Lovely post Patty, makes you think. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving that recipe for bread doughnuts. I am going to give it a try.

Merle said...

Hi again Patty ~~ Thanks for your
words about my family _ I am kinda
partial to them also. Watch that nine year old, she will catch you
in the height department soon.
Glad you enjoyed the jokes. Your
weather sound pretty cool for summer. Have a great week, my friend. Love, Merle.

Reader Wil said...

Thank you for these wise words. This morning I felt very down, and I know I shouldn't. Reading your post tells me to be happy for the things I have.
I wish you a great week! This week I shan't be blogging for I am going away for a couple of days.

cherie said...

i've always loved this poem growing up. and loved og mandino's books, too. sometimes i think i was more inclined to be "old-maidish" because instead of reading books my parents read, sigh...