"But what about me?"
I read this poem recently by Danielle Rosenblatt and I found it interesting.
Forgive the sun who didn't shine
The sky had asked her to dine
Forgive the stars that heard your wish
The moon prepared their favorite dish
Forgive the rain for it's attack
The clouds have tears they can't hold back
Don't hate the birds 'cause they are free
Don't envy all the things they see
Don't block the wind, but hear its cry
Or else that wind may pass you by
Forgive the storm it means no harm
Could not resist to show its charm
Forgive the earth that never turns
Don't hate the sun, because too much burns
Life intend to not cause pain
The flowers bloom from all the rain
The storm will come an it will pass
The sun shines, it grows the grass
The wind it cannot help but cry
The stars at night light up the sky
Forgive the world in which we live
We'll all find peace if we forgive
You know, I really don't get into poetry or essays (I'm not hate'n if you do) but
this poem connected with me. It is so easy to see our cups half-empty rather than
half-full and don't we miss the roses for those pesty thorns? I mean, let it do
something simple like rain and our whole day is ruined. We often fail to see the good
things in life because we more often than not look for the bad. We can find fault
in anything, I mean anything. The sad thing about that statement is that it is EASY
to look around us and all the BAD around us. For some of us we were born into the
bad. The "bad" found us and harmed us. Last year alone there were over 3 million
cases of child abuse or neglect in the United States. That was only the "reported"
ones. There are millions of teenagers and tens of millions of adults who live everyday
with the nightmares of abuse. For these and many alike, it is hard to see the sun
for the clouds and it is hard to smile when you want to cry.
Here goes the big "BUT" question. But, what if that mind-set changed? What if I
start looking at my present condition and perceive something great happening? What
if I see flowers blooming after the rain? What if that abused child grows up and
changes the world? What is I stop blaming society for my grief, sadness, pain and
hate and begin to make today better than yesterday? What if I seek to make this
world a better place than when I found it?
Those are a lot of "what ifs" but their are also a lot of people who need YOU to
do something. They need help and your the person to do it. There is only one catch.
You must forgive! When we forgive, we cut the shackles of that beast of "hate".
He also goes by the name of "revenge" and sometimes he is called "bitterness". When
we forgive those who have hurt us we release ourselves to be what we are suppose
to be. That is FREE!
Be free today and change your world.
By Brian Hoover