For food and clothes , I thank you
and all the things I can do,
for arms and legs to run and play,
to share whatever comes my way.
This child’s prayer is simple; and yet the words express so much. This prayer is one of gratitude for the things, as adults, that we often forget to be thankful for.
Personally I am thankful that my husband and I have the means, not only to feed and clothe our family, but also to pay the rent that ensures we have a roof over our heads. It is so easy to fall into the trap of believing that we do this ourselves: we are the ones working and earning the money, therefore we are the ones providing. Instead we should be grateful that we have the work to earn the money – work which, in our economic climate, may suddenly be taken away from us.
I am grateful, too, for my health; and the fact that I am still able to walk, to do the physical things I need to do each day with ease. I am thankful as well for the physical health of my family. My heart goes out to those who struggle each day to do the basic things we take for granted: bathe, prepare ourselves a meal, walk quickly to the corner store . And when I see a child unable to run and play in the park with other children, I know that I am doubly blessed to have children that do not spend their days with doctors and caregivers who help them to move around.
And yes, I am grateful that I am able to share. Not only material things but also my experience, my talent and my time. I give thanks that I am one of those people who are able to give of themselves. In this way, it is easier for me to reach a state of happiness: for in giving of myself to others, I know that I am following one of the tenants that I believe in. It is in helping others, and in sharing with them, that I find satisfaction and fulfilment.
What thoughts does this child’s prayer bring to your mind?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2012