#Blesstival~ Lessons in disguise

This is part of Jamie’s Blesstival Wave for the New Year,over at Sophia’s Children where we are spreading our Blessings around our community from January 1st to February 22nd.. You can join this wave of Blesstival at

Blog Blesstival – Create a Blessing Wave to Start the New Year

Where there are more places to uptake.. There are so many Blessings we take for granted..  I have contributed by writing a poem I chose today to post my entry as I would have been my Dad’s Earth Birthday..

Thank you to both my Parents- You taught me very different Lessons in Life But each a treasured Blessing.

Happy Earth Birthday Dad..

Look for the blessing in all situations. - Wayne Dyer

Blessings

If I were to count my blessings and list them one by one

My list would stretch forever for it would take that long

So I’ll start with just a few of the important things to me

And hope you don’t get bored with the list below you’ll see.

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I need to go right back to the time when I was just a girl

To all that I was taught that in later life unfurled

I need to thank my Dad, and yes my Mother too

For without my childhood growing, I would not love as I do

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My Dad taught me about Nature’s Garden and how to Love and Respect

My Mother taught me independence and the things we often neglect.

Like showing appreciation to the ones we hold most dear

And not taking life for granted through arguments and tears

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I’m thankful for the Blessings that at the time I lacked

For they were my greatest teachers in hindsight looking back

They moulded me for life, they made me reach in deep

So I can now share the Blessings that surround me that I keep

~

The most important Blessing that I learnt from my past

Was to find my inner strength, and to love myself at last

Some are not so lucky, and are lost in pain and blame

I’m blessed to release those lessons, embracing life’s great flame

~

So my greatest gift is LOVE, in all its shapes and guises

It’s what we each seek, and I’m lucky to have found its prizes

And if we share more Love, from which we all were born

Just maybe our hearts could heal-A world that seems so torn.

~

© Sue Dreamwalker 201 6 All rights reserved

Happy Earth Birthday Dad, and thank you for all you taught

12-01-1930 ~ 12-02-1998

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  1. litebeing
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 00:41:24

    Thank you Sue for that wonderful poem and the Wayne Dyer meme. Sometimes blessings hide out until we can perceive them more clearly. Perspective is everything.

    hugs to you, Linda

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  2. Writing to Freedom
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 00:46:56

    Nice poem and blesstival Sue. I enjoy your way with rhymes.
    to blessings multiplied!

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  3. Hannah (BitterSweet)
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 00:51:14

    Such a touching tribute… A beautiful sentiment set to beautiful words! It makes me feel grateful to have had such wonderful parents as well. 🙂

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  4. writersdream9
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 01:54:01

    The gratitude ou feel is the biggest blessing! Thank you for sharing!

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  5. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 01:59:27

    What a wonderful tribute to your father. Both your parents really, but for your dad’s birthday. Happy Earth Birthday, Sue’s Dad! Thank you for being her dad and helping her grow into such a beautiful woman. May you rest in Peace!

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  6. Mark Lanesbury
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 02:07:41

    And a blessing this is Sue, thank you for sharing, it is very beautiful 🙂

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  7. Crowing Crone
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 03:45:22

    So my greatest gift is LOVE, in all its shapes and guises
    I rejoice with you.

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  8. balroop2013
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 04:06:53

    Hi Sue,

    This is a wonderful way of sharing your blessings, which are often overlooked and taken for granted…a happy childhood, loving and caring parents – not all remember them so fondly. The values we imbibe and the resilience we develop due to the tribulations that life unfolds are the unseen blessings. You have summed them so well! I also admire the lyrical quality of your poetry.

    I agree with you Sue, the list can be very long. Not without any reason somebody emphasised – ‘count your blessings,’ happiness steps in spontaneously.
    Thanks for sharing the ‘Blesstival.’ Stay blessed. xoxo 🙂

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jan 12, 2016 @ 13:11:54

      Yes those trials and tribulations are often preludes to greater understanding and gifts we later see we were meant to experience in order for us to grow and help others. Many thanks dear Balroop.. ❤ ❤ Your own wisdom upon these matters are greatly appreciated

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  9. David
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 08:02:12

    Why from 1st Jan to 22nd Feb? This kind of limitation confuses me since I look for blessings and share my gratitude not only with those I love, but with everyone I meet who to me are angels in disguise. Love and blessings to all, David

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jan 12, 2016 @ 13:15:11

      To answer your first Question first David.. The Dates are Jamie’s for she is compiling the list of participants.. And I agree with you, our blessings and Gratitude are on going 🙂 Here’s to all the Angels you meet along your pathway David.. I am sure you meet many for it takes one to know one 😉 Love and Blessings 🙂 right on back

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  10. Karin
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 08:12:52

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful poem, Sue.
    I especially resonate with these lines:
    “The most important Blessing that I learnt from my past
    Was to find my inner strength, and to love myself at last”

    That is probably true for most who have experienced a lot of problems. And life’s hardships are much easier to bear when we know it is a blessing in disguise.
    Love,
    Karin

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jan 12, 2016 @ 13:18:54

      Agreed Karin, and you see exactly how these can be turned around as blessings in disguise 🙂 Knowing we are growing from them and have learnt from them and have let the go… Brings a bigger smile to my face .. For it makes our Spirit so much Lighter!.. as the weight of what we carry no longer weighs us down.. 🙂

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  11. Lynz Real Cooking
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 11:40:18

    Lovely Sue!

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  12. Darren Scanlon
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 11:54:08

    So beautiful, Sue!

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  13. Rajagopal
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 13:29:21

    More than a genetic inheritance from your parents, Sue, what you rightly and fondly remember are the many benevolent memes implanted in your mind, which in turn underwent beneficial multiplication and mutation as seen in your stories and poems. Happy to be part of the blesstivities here…

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jan 12, 2016 @ 13:51:30

      Bless your heart dear Raj.. 🙂 what a wonderful way with words you have 🙂 Love how you put that..” A benevolent memes implanted in your mind, which in turn underwent beneficial multiplication and mutation as seen in your stories and poems. “..
      Many thanks dear Raj 🙂

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  14. giselzitrone
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 14:29:15

    Danke liebe Sue wünsche dir auch einen schönen Dienstag wieder ein guter Text liebe Sue ist immer so gut zum Lesen dank meinen Überzetzungsbrokram.Wünsche dir noch einen schönen Nachmittag eine große Umarmung Gislinde

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  15. Eddie Two Hawks
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 15:07:12

    A beautiful tribute to love shared with those who matter most.
    sharing in your blessings, Eddie

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  16. silentlyheardonce
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 15:13:46

    A beautiful tribute and words of appreciation to you father and mother. Your reflections and feelings of love shine most bright.

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  17. kowkla123
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 15:47:43

    es gefällt mir gut, einen guten Dienstag wünsche ich dir

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  18. sophiaschildren
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 15:56:55

    So beautiful, Sue. Blessings-rich, indeed! Thank you for participating in the Blesstival and helping to ripple some Blessing Waves. xoxo Love, Jamie

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  20. lindamartha
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 18:03:59

    You have been very blessed Sue and I loved this poem. I will copy it into my chemo diary and bring it with me if you don’t mind?

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  21. stephensmustang1
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 20:13:46

    Beautiful and loving tribute Thank you for sharing, sweet Sue. hugs

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  22. Heartafire
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 20:50:40

    Beautiful post Sue, I love the tribute to your Dad at the finish…really lovely.

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  23. IreneDesign2011
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 21:29:53

    Very beautiful post Sue and a wonderful tribute to your father 😀
    You are right, we need to appreciate our blessings more often, than a busy life often allow us to do. To learn to release the past help us to remember, I think.
    Many blessings to your, dear friend ❤

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jan 13, 2016 @ 11:57:50

      Yes Lots of things we carry unnecessarily dear Irene.. They only create unseen scars, that can affect our outlook on life… It took me a long while to overcome rejection from my Mother.. hence the Gratitude in her gifts of Independence.. 🙂 There are always silver linings should we look for them .. For those things which are passed have brought us to who we are in the Now 🙂

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  24. cat
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 23:03:48

    Blesstival … sounds good 2 me , friend Sue … I love U … Always, cat.

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  25. Paul Handover
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 23:16:21

    Agree with all the others have said about this being another beautiful post from you, Sue.

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  26. Lorrena
    Jan 13, 2016 @ 00:04:37

    The sound of drumbeats in your own words and frequency .I am sure your father can hear them from the other side Sue.and each parent both mother and father we bless..Namaste

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  27. jacksjottings
    Jan 13, 2016 @ 01:02:23

    Sue we are so fortunate to have good parents.
    They are our foremost role models.
    The ‘Blog Blestival,’ link had a nice photo I commented on it.
    The painting is ” Love’s Messenger.”
    I commented it would be a good picture for the Buddhist quote,
    “The Bird of Paradise lands on the hand that is not grasping.
    Though the idea of a Blog Blestival is a good one time limits me taking part.
    I am sure the challenge it will betaken up by many and hope is succeed in its quest._/\_

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  28. dgkaye
    Jan 13, 2016 @ 05:17:59

    Beautiful words, a beautiful tribute, and Happy Blestival to you Sue. xo ❤

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  29. Jacqueline King
    Jan 13, 2016 @ 09:22:12

    This lovely poem flows effortlessly, Sue ~ your love for your parents and all they taught you shines through! It is joyous to acknowledge the valuable lessons they taught you in childhood and realise how that contributes to how you are today. As you say, Love is the greatest gift and blessing! 🙂

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  30. gageier
    Jan 13, 2016 @ 12:02:53

    Liebe Sue es ist nass kalt geworden grässliches Wetter da bei dir die Sonne scheint schicke doch ein paar Strahlen zu uns ,lach,einen glücklichen Mittwoch wünscht dir Klaus in Freundschaft

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  31. Nihar Pradhan
    Jan 13, 2016 @ 13:27:24

    Sue, what a profound tribute, our parents are always our perennial source of inspiration and keeps our aspiration high and flying.

    I have always cherished the values and the teaching that have been given to me by my parents. I couldn’t have agreed more, I couldn’t have said it better…yes, today when we look back and reflect on the constant guiding and molding that was imparted to us and how we resisted and fought every such persistence by our parents…many times we as parents give up and loss the patience to persist and make our children behave the way that matters and can make the person that the society emulates. Success is not within everybody’s boundary, it matters, happiness is, but values and characters are something one can always employ to make all the difference in life.

    Indeed the greatest gift shall always remain the words of ‘love’ and ‘gratitude’…it gets swindled and corrupted with time and age which we need to always be aware of and learn the art of caring and sharing…
    😀

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jan 13, 2016 @ 22:15:10

      Many thanks Nihar.. for a wonderful response… May we always cherish the gifts both positive and negative times for it often takes us a while to see the how even those negative times were perhaps our greatest of opportunities as we were strengthened in our growth to become who we are today..

      In love and Gratitude Sue

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  32. dilipnaidu
    Jan 13, 2016 @ 16:01:01

    How beautiful and true Sue. A great reminder for most of us who at the least pretext start complaining not realizing that all our past obstacles have done us good after all. A you indeed are blessed to have such lovely parents whose values sparkle with profound wisdom.
    Best regards 🙂

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  33. Maria F.
    Jan 13, 2016 @ 19:36:18

    Sophia has a nice blog, thanks for sharing! I haven’t been able to write much but your poem is very nice. Thanks again! And Happy Earth Day!

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  34. Tom Merriman
    Jan 13, 2016 @ 21:52:22

    Thank you, Sue.
    Loved the poem.

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  35. Sangeeta Pradhan RD, CDE
    Jan 14, 2016 @ 03:37:15

    Lovely post, Sue. So important to acknowledge our parents and all they have done for us. One very important lesson I learnt from my Dad was to downplay the negative snd accentuate all that is positive in one’s life. Unfortunately it took me many years to really appreciate the significance of, and actually start implementing that message, but I think I finally have, thanks to his wisdom and guidance. Thank you for sharing!

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  36. Beverley
    Jan 14, 2016 @ 10:59:01

    Happy birthday Dad, love really is the greatest thing you can teach. My dad is the same and I am grateful for my time with him xxx

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  37. kowkla123
    Jan 14, 2016 @ 11:35:09

    beste Grüße, liebe Sue, möge es ein guter Tag werden

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  38. gageier
    Jan 14, 2016 @ 12:47:17

    Liebe Sue hier ist es bitter kalt geworden aber von Schnee ist nichts in Sicht hab einen gemütlichen Donnerstag mit vielen lieben Grüßen Klaus in Freundschaft Klaus

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  39. giselzitrone
    Jan 14, 2016 @ 15:02:05

    Danke liebe Sue ich wünsche dir noch einen schönen Nachmittag und schönen Abend lieber Gruß und Umarmung Gislinde

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  40. Sam Red
    Jan 14, 2016 @ 17:46:40

    Yes, dear Sue, “all [we] need is love” and as soon as we can see how blessed we are we can immediately feel the love that is ever-present inside us. Beautiful poem! Very uplifting and inspiring. Love & blessings, Sam 🙂

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  41. Ka Malana@Fiestaestrellas.com
    Jan 14, 2016 @ 23:10:02

    Hi Sue!
    When the blessing emerges we sometimes realize: “Oh my, it was there all along!”
    What a much-needed contribution to the blesstival. We have more blessings than we can count, truly, don’t we? I always enjoy your lyrical poetry. I sometimes think I can hear your voice 😉
    Much Love,
    Ka

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  42. belasbrightideas
    Jan 14, 2016 @ 23:40:38

    So sweet, Sue. It’s funny in a peculiar way that we both ended up with similar priorities, and hearts full of love. My upbringing was likely the polar opposite of yours, but I got what I needed to learn what I had to. So glad you had the support of loving role models! Aloha ❤

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  43. AmyRose🌹
    Jan 14, 2016 @ 23:57:08

    Sue, your long list of people who LOVE you is just like it is over at Petals!!! Whew!! To live with Gratitude is such a Blessing for in doing so it changes your whole perspective. Lately I have been thinking I have SO much to be thankful for, much of which I take for granted. My Journey has been so twisted and bumpy yet here I am today knowing LOVE, starting with me. Talk about miracles! I ask all the time how is it possible to know Love when I wasn’t shown Love as a child? God is merciful, my friend, and when you seek, you never are disappointed. Bless you for this glorious post!!! It is such an honor to know you. Keep on shining your Beautiful Light!! Love, Amy ❤

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jan 15, 2016 @ 11:47:01

      Sometimes dear Amy, the simple fact of us not always being felt loved, helps us then become more aware of how important LOVE is to share.. And although it may have taken us both a while to learn to Love and nurture ourselves.. We now fully understand the lessons of those past moments of heartache and feelings of unworthiness.. For they shaped us into who we have become today.. And for that I shall always be eternally grateful for ..
      As I am for your wonderful comment dear Amy.. when I know how precious your time is.. Love and Blessings.. Always.. Sue ❤

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  44. valentinelogar
    Jan 15, 2016 @ 11:35:40

    This poem reminds me, the need for gratitude even if for one small thing each day. Even if just for waking in the morning to the opportunity of a fresh start. Sue, every single time I come here you refresh my heart.

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  45. teagan geneviene
    Jan 17, 2016 @ 12:44:31

    Well said, Sue. Love truly is a gift. Mega hugs!

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  46. Maria F.
    Jan 18, 2016 @ 21:57:51

    Wow, the legacy for loving earth and humanity.

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  47. Kourtney Heintz
    Jan 20, 2016 @ 18:21:10

    Beautiful Sue. You brought tears to my eyes. So full of love and appreciation.

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  48. Deborah Weber
    Jan 21, 2016 @ 01:24:00

    How lovely!

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