Otherwise – A Reflection on Gratitude

“Otherwise” -by Jane Kenyon

“I got out of bed
on two strong legs.
It might have been
otherwise. I ate
cereal, sweet
milk, ripe, flawless
peach. It might
have been otherwise.
I took the dog uphill
to the birch wood.
All morning I did
the work I love.
At noon I lay down
with my mate. It might
have been otherwise.
We ate dinner together
at a table with silver
candlesticks. It might
have been otherwise.
I slept in a bed
in a room with paintings
on the walls, and
planned another day
just like this day.
But one day, I know,
it will be otherwise.”

 


Or another way to put it:

spoilet-alert-everybody-dies

This may be upsetting news to some.   For me it is a reminder of the greatest privilege we experience Every. Single. Day.*   LIFE! 

* (Until we don’t.)


 

About circuskitchen

performing artist, mom, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, niece... just a regular extraordinary person
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2 Responses to Otherwise – A Reflection on Gratitude

  1. Bubble Wow says:

    My sentiments exactly. Beautiful reminder. Thanks.

  2. You bet mom! I woke up to this, forgetting I had pre-set it to post several weeks ago. Yes I feel grateful for abundance and health and safety every single day. ❤

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