Life is a gift from our Creator
we're alive - right now - today!
It's what we do with what we have -
let's enjoy living each day.
Our lives all differ from one another
there is happiness and pain;
But it's true that things can always be worse -
So we'll look for the sunshine - not rain.
"You" may paint beautiful
while I write a line or two;
Your brother may be a musician -
Your sister has dancing to do.
As long as we share the things
we're contributing good all around;
Bringing joy to those who just look,
read, listen and astound!
Astound us with their true aplause
they're the audience we crave;
We give what we have and they respond -
they are the ones who are brave!
Our paintings may not be perfect,
our poems may not fit the bill;
The dancers, musicians may miss a step -
but the audience takes what they will.
Your home may differ from your
but home it is to you;
Accept your true blessings and always admire
what others less-fortunate can do.
Take time to admire Mother Nature
stop and watch a bird;
See its home up in the tree -
hear music like you've never heard!
Take time to smell the flowers
see how they grow each day;
Admire the grass or even the snow -
For these are gifts for today.
Joan Adams Burchell
December 14, 2004