Remedies for the Spirit
 
 

Gratitude and Perspective

 

They are there for us to see but yet we look away.

            We don’t want them to feel uncomfortable, or at least that’s what we say.

 

The woman badly burned, the quadriplegic in his chair,

            The mentally ill, the deaf, the blind, we’ve been taught not to gawk or stare.

 

They appear throughout our lives, perhaps orchestrated by fate.

            Sometimes we barely notice them.  Sometimes their impact is great.

 

We often need to see them during times when we’ve forgot

            What truly is important in life and that which is truly not.

 

Only God knows the reasons why these particular souls

            are living the lives they are living, fulfilling such needed roles.

 

We suspect they are special spirits who love their fellow man;

            Teachers of God who choose to serve just because they can.

 

Truth be told, we benefit from the challenges that they bear.

            Gratitude and perspective are gifts they give and share.

 

They are there for us to see but yet we look away.

            We don’t want them to feel uncomfortable, or at least that’s what we say.

 

Perhaps we look away not because we’re being polite,

            But because we feel a little ashamed and humbled by their plight.

 

 

                                                - Lisa Murphy Taylor © 1996, 2007

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