It seems to me there is so much to be thankful for and yet our pasts replete with the resulting consequences of shame and pain can easily prevent us from truly experiencing  the joy of gratitude. I believe, however, that with courage and wide open hearts,  we can begin to find new ways of looking at our lives.

I want to overflow
with gratitude.
Indeed there is so
So much everything.
Why do I stumble
and not sing?

I think it may be easier
than I know
the path nearer
with Sun filled spaces.
But I go
against my will
it seems
into the low places.
Or they pull me.
Who are they?
I forget that I am free.
May I look high
and with heart wide open see
the sky
the glorious, Sun filled sky.