“The wonder of dawn, each sunrise a gift.
Reflected in upturned eyes.
Blessings abound, my cup runneth over,
Magnificent passion to live!
Thankful my heart – a tulip, a rose,
blossoming in my soul.”
by Vickie Baker
The above poem is from a book that I just started reading. It is called “Wings of Joy” by Vickie Baker.
It seems like I go in stages with books. Either I am wondering how it could happen that I have nothing to read, or I have a stack of books calling my name. I need a beach trip, sitting on the beach with a book and listening to the roar of the waves! Ahhh! what better place can there be?
What image do you get in your mind as you read the short poem above? Would you be surprised to know that the author is a quadriplegic? She used to be a trapeze artist but one wrong landing ended her career and the life she used to know. But yet she can write the words, ” blessings abound, my cup runneth over!”
Are you like me? Did you do a little gulp thinking, “Wow, how can I even think of complaining about little things when someone who is a quadriplegic can say that their cup runneth over!”
This is such a winning attitude and it really is the difference between living a life of self pity or deciding that you can rise above whatever life throws at you! Realizing that you may have a lot of challenges with this new spin on your life, but knowing that there are still many joys that await you and you aren’t going to miss out on them!
This wasn’t an overnight attitude that Vickie developed, she did have her hard days, days she wanted to give up, but she didn’t. Its not about her falling down, its about her determination to get back up! She didn’t let herself drown in a mire of self pity.
There is one more quote from her book that I wanted to share. It is so true! In her book Vickie shares that humor was a big help in her recovery. She writes, “When we take a nosedive, humor is the safety net that helps us bounce back into the swing of things.”
Keep swinging and may your cup run over with JOY today about the things you have to be thankful for!
Feel free to share below some things that you are thankful for today!