I am grateful

Be grateful for what you have,

be it fruit,

family,

or a roof overhead.

And if you’re with someone

who’s grateful for you,

I am grateful.

I am whole.

No longer is the time

to judge what we do not understand,

but rather embrace it.

So easily forgotten

is the ability to learn something new

each and everyday.

To venture the world

and to take a chunk of it mindfully

was told to me once,

and though I’ve stumbled

I’ve never forgotten.

Yesterday’s world is no longer today’s

as yesterday’s confusion fades

my compassion continues

and my gratitude grows

with peace and understanding.

I am whole.

the air of my ancestors

I fill my lungs

with the air of my ancestors

knowing my purpose

is their peace.