In Gratitude for all I See

We often forget the wonderful gifts each of us have and so this post is to remind us of our wonderful gifts most of us here use every day and so take for granted,

The gift of our sight. 

Below is a beautiful view of the sun through the clouds. My good friend Svein from Norway who takes amazing photo’s gifted me this image a few weeks ago. His beautiful photo’s of Norway can be found at his Blog  See Norway  

Time has been short to be creative this week on my blog.The poem below I wrote it originally back in 2008.  So I thought I would team up the photo and my poem

I am eternally grateful for the gifts given and I thank you All for sharing them with me.

 

Dark Sunrise Photo image credit to https://seenorway.wordpress.com/

Photo image credit to https://seenorway.wordpress.com/

 

Dark Sunrise.

 

Here I am at the morning rise

Where all I hear is the bird call cries.

Alone I sit and wait for the day

As I listen for you to come my way.

 

I feel the grass beneath my feet

As yet another day I greet.

The beats of wings I know fly by

As tears escapes away from eyes.

 

I smell the fragrance of the flowers

As I while away the hours

The coolness of the clouds above

The breath of wind as soft as doves.

 

The ruffles of my gown so blow

As in my darkness I do go.

For all of you can see this land

But in my eyes all is bland.

 

The beauty that you see each day

Don’t take for granted this I say.

For some are born in darkened rooms

And all we see is black and gloom.

 

But I see all in my own way

Although for me it’s dark in day

I sense the world through feel and touch

And fragrance too it means so much

 

My Dog to guide, my eyes to me

Right now he’s gone to play you see.

His dedication will not cease.

My Inner vision, I am at peace

 

Sunrise for me maybe dark

But I know your soul, I feel your heart

So judge ye not those like me

My inward sight is my true key.

 

No different from you am I

Just because I see no sky

And yet I feel you turn away

For I was born ‘Blind’ this way

~~

© Sue Dreamwalker 2008-2016

6 Year Anniversary Achievement

Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com!
You registered on WordPress.com 6 years ago.
Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging.
I started my blog in the days of Windows Live Spaces and transferred here to WordPress when it closed which happens to be my 6th Anniversary date of transferring here today
Love and Blessings
~Sue~
Photo Credit of top photo  https://seenorway.wordpress.com/
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123 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mary
    Oct 03, 2016 @ 00:28:14

    🙂 Wonderful post,
    Hope all is well in your world Sue….
    Take Care…You Matter
    mary

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  2. insearchofitall
    Oct 03, 2016 @ 03:15:34

    I love your poem, Sue. My sister and I were talking about my struggle with sight and she suggested that since my eyes didn’t work all that well, I sensed people better than many. Interesting that I made a visit to the Guide Dogs for the Blind Center several months ago with the senior center but never got the chance to blog about it. I am ever so grateful to not need one. GRATITUDE in capital letters. 6 years is a long time to blog almost every day. Congratulations.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 03, 2016 @ 11:10:29

      Thank you Marlene, and I am so pleased you do not need a guide dog either my friend.. You do not realise how many things we take for granted until we no longer have them..
      And thank you, I doubt I could do a post every day but once a week I guess is an on average for me..🙂 Maybe twice if I am feeling creative🙂 Love to you my friend xx❤

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  3. JoAnna
    Oct 03, 2016 @ 04:09:57

    This helps me realize that while the clarity of my physical vision declines with age, my spiritual vision and other senses could very well improve. Plus I can still see all the marvelous colors just fine and appreciate them more as time moves along. I love all the horizontal lines of light in the photo.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 03, 2016 @ 11:15:15

      Thank you, I hope you visit Svein’s blog and tell him how much you enjoyed his photo.. The colours are beautiful.. And yes here’s to our Inner Vision being more accute🙂 as we connect hearts to really SEE the world..❤ Many thanks JoAnna xx

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  4. balroop2013
    Oct 03, 2016 @ 04:47:26

    Gratitude is such a beautiful word Sue, many thanks for the reminder. We have a one sentence prayer in our language, which spontaneously comes to mind each time I see any unpleasant sight. It goes like this…’waheguru tera shukar hai’ which means ‘God, thank you.’
    I love this poem as it captures the perspective of a sightless so well! The inward eye is much more sensitive, their imagination must be much more colourful than the real world. Such a vision is blessed! Thanks for sharing. Love and hugs🙂

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 03, 2016 @ 11:18:43

      Loved that saying ’waheguru tera shukar hai’ I am often saying thank you to myself for the simple things.. Such as food we grow, a sunny day, or even a rainy one..🙂
      Our inward eyes are never still, and I and grateful also for my imagination without whom my creativity would sadly be lacking..🙂
      Love right back Balroop xxx

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  5. Paul Handover
    Oct 03, 2016 @ 05:15:35

    Happy WordPress Anniversary!

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  6. Trini Lind
    Oct 03, 2016 @ 05:19:05

    Love your poem!❤ And thank you for the link to that beautiful site!🙂 I miss home sometimes, you know….🙂

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  7. L. M. B.
    Oct 03, 2016 @ 05:32:18

    Wise words Sue, truely as you say it happens more than often, only in moments of reflection and / or of a happening we realize what we have that is priceless and vulnerable, at any time this God given grace can be taken from us … wether cos of sickness or accident / misshap. I once posted on my blog … You don’t know what you have until you don’t have it anymore.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 03, 2016 @ 11:22:20

      That saying is so true Luigi, yes in any given moment our circumstances can change within the blink of an eye..
      And showing gratitude for what we have been given reminds us how fortunate we are when we look around the world at others and their plights..
      Many thanks for reading and your kind thoughts my friend
      Sue

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      • L. M. B.
        Oct 03, 2016 @ 11:33:17

        You bring me to tears my dear friend! I feel shame when I see those pictures of Aleppo on TV. 😦

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        • Sue Dreamwalker
          Oct 03, 2016 @ 11:49:55

          Yes I too have shed many a tear Luigi, but also we must remember this.. Each of us have chosen our given pathways here on Earth.. As hard as that is for us to understand that anyone would choose so much suffering in one life time.. But we do not see the whole of life and its creation.. We only see it through our perceptions..
          What always gets to me is when I see young children suffering so and I often question deep inside and do battle within my self over this..
          Life is a mixture of balancing out, which is now having to be condensed into experience as Karma plays out even faster.
          Perhaps you may have noted how it seems things that go around come around ever quicker as karma plays its part.
          I feel Compassion is in need of being generated as well as tolerance .
          Which is why we see escalation’s of tragedies. We are being asked to unite our differences, be them be of colour, race or creed.
          The influx of refugees are also opening up hearts and I hope we can see our way forward to one day becoming a world where we are all united as the Hopi Native Indians prophesied, Where we would all be Rainbow Warriors..

          Thank you for your heartfelt thoughts Luigi.. Sending Blessings to you and yours
          Sue

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          • L. M. B.
            Oct 03, 2016 @ 12:01:59

            I completely agree with you my dear Sue … in everything you have mentioned, I observe that we humans are pittyfull … I myself try to make a difference… but see how difficult it is… I regularly donate to charities… so much ( and still a drop in the oceans) that my wife is worried. I personally would like to adopt a child at distance ( pate?) But the responsibility is huge if one takes it seriously! My dear wife works her but… off around the clock and has raised 5 children successfully 3 of mine and 2 day care, I cannot allow myself that without her consent! But it would have been the best prerogative. You are a great person and a huge confort. I admire you. Yours sincerely.

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  8. Somali K Chakrabarti
    Oct 03, 2016 @ 06:09:27

    Loved the poem Sue. Yes, we often tend to take for granted the invaluable gifts of nature since they come for free. Such occasional reminders are always helpful to develop and sustain a sense of gratitude for all that we have.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 03, 2016 @ 11:25:05

      Yes we are so very fortunate to have the gifts nature bestowes upon us along with the gifts of good health.. We only have to look around us to see so many who are not as fortunate who stuggle in life..
      Many thanks Somali, I appreciate your comment..❤

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  9. Mark Lanesbury
    Oct 03, 2016 @ 08:40:47

    A beautiful poem Sue. It is a world I do not know…but this I do…it takes a special courage and heart to take that journey, and those that do, have my heartfelt blessings for what they endure.
    Thank you for sharing Sue, it also gives me an appreciation of what I do have ❤

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 03, 2016 @ 11:27:31

      Yes what a couragous journey they have chosen to undertake, I so agree Mark.. And again their individual achievments are often remarkable..
      Many thanks for reading I know I am always grateful for our 5 and 6 senses😉

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  10. inavukicin
    Oct 03, 2016 @ 09:34:21

    Inward sight – can indeed be richer than the outward, what a wonderful poem and tribute to life without “outward” sight – hugs my friend❤

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 03, 2016 @ 11:29:37

      Many thanks Ina.. Th e orginal poem was sparked by the many splendous views I had seen while on vacation.. And to never see the sky, or a river or mountain, how do you discribe them to those with no sight.. Yes we are most fortunate indeed.. Thank you and Love and hugs back xxx ❤

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  11. peggyjoan42
    Oct 03, 2016 @ 11:53:06

    Beautiful photo from your friend and very inspiring poem Sue.

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  12. kowkla123
    Oct 03, 2016 @ 11:53:43

    alles Gute wünsche ich für die Woche, liebe Sue

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  13. L. M. B.
    Oct 03, 2016 @ 12:35:43

    Svens sunsets are absolutely fabulous! Every land has its + & – !

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  14. Seenorway
    Oct 03, 2016 @ 12:51:49

    Thank you so much, Sue, but I don’t think I really deserve that much praise.
    I’m just shooting what I see when I happen to be there, but – if my pictures will please other people around the world, my existence will be good for something:
    At my age there isn’t much else to be hoped for🙂
    But please remember: If you need an illustration photo for your poems, you’re free to choose. (There’s nearly 6000 of them by now!)

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 03, 2016 @ 12:54:32

      Thank you kindly my friend for that generous offer, but I would always ask for your permission first.. I hope some of my followers dropped by your blog.. Love to you and thank you again for this gift I have it as my screen saver🙂 on my PC.. xxx so I look at it every time I log on..🙂

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  15. Seenorway
    Oct 03, 2016 @ 13:21:29

    He he, I didn’t say you should not ask. Inf fact, I wouldn’t dream that you would not, and you would no doubt need my original? But what I ment to say was that you’re free to ask, and that you would always get what you asked for! Savy?!
    (I’m hastening to add: Within photography!🙂 )

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  16. Jacqueline King
    Oct 03, 2016 @ 13:22:55

    Touching and thought~provoking poem Sue, beautiful photograph Sven!🙂

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  17. nonsmokingladybug
    Oct 03, 2016 @ 13:56:23

    Beautiful, thoughtful post.
    Hope all is well at your end.
    Have a great day!

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  18. voulaah
    Oct 03, 2016 @ 14:05:26

    Very happy WP anniversary Sue
    Keep up good work you’re doing here
    I enjoy your blog and poems
    Have a very nice day
    Kisses

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  19. Maria Wind Talker
    Oct 03, 2016 @ 14:07:57

    Exquisite.❤

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  20. Dalo 2013
    Oct 03, 2016 @ 14:51:59

    Incredible, beautiful and insightful Sue. The photos of Svein are amazing as is his blog, and his photo along with your poem of the past is a perfect match. You not only bring to light those who are blind, but also their fearless and loyal friends and I felt as if the dog was standing next to me as I read “His dedication will not cease. My Inner vision, I am at peace.” Bravo.

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  21. Erika Kind
    Oct 03, 2016 @ 15:40:42

    Thank you for such mindful words. Very often I think that the worst might be for me to lose my sight. I am deeply grateful!

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  22. From the Desk of MarDrag
    Oct 03, 2016 @ 17:18:00

    Beautiful, as always!🙂

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  23. charliezero1.wordpress.com
    Oct 03, 2016 @ 17:49:58

    Sue this poem is wonderful and beautifully well captured by your vision.

    It brought a big smile to me and warms my heart to know how life is beautiful every moment.🙂

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  24. exoticnita54
    Oct 03, 2016 @ 18:43:22

    Really a beautiful written poem

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  25. dgkaye
    Oct 04, 2016 @ 01:23:25

    Thanks for sharing the beauty and perspective on vision. Have a beautiful week Sue. xo❤

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  26. stephensmustang1
    Oct 04, 2016 @ 04:53:08

    Beautiful photo and poem.
    much love to you, my friend.

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  27. kowkla123
    Oct 04, 2016 @ 13:04:02

    wünsche alles Gute

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  28. Renee Espriu
    Oct 04, 2016 @ 21:54:51

    You are ever so thoughtful regarding others, my friend, and that you think of others the way you do makes me filled with admiration. I do not have good eyesight myself (have worn trifocals for years and now have beginnings of cataracts). Was dismayed to find I could not read the eye chart with my glasses, at a recent appointment, with my right eye but with glasses I’m okay. I so treasure my eyes and have worn glasses since age 10 and can’t do without them. To not see all the beauty of life every day…well, I cannot even imagine. Like you I draw, paint, write and read. So important. To have never seen…Helen Keller is someone I have always admired for she approached life with such tenacity and determination. Such a wonderful post here. I’ve been working on an art piece so haven’t been writing for awhile but am thinking of something today. Be well. xoxo

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 05, 2016 @ 09:25:54

      Thank you dear Renee, yes my eyesight I hold precious and with age it does not improve. Too many hours doing close work in textiles helped strain my own.. And those who cope with little or no sight have my upmost admiration.. My grandmother upon my fathers side of the family lost her sight in her last few years and I have never forgotten how precious is the gift of sight. Good you have been working on some Art Renee.. sending Love your way and good to see you looking so well in your gavatar .. Sue❤

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  29. Val Boyko
    Oct 04, 2016 @ 22:26:34

    Beautiful! Thank you for this and the people that share the light with you. It can be so uplifting to come to the party late 🙏

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  30. IreneDesign2011
    Oct 05, 2016 @ 10:10:28

    Happy Anniversary Sue, 6 years is long time🙂 I have only been her around 3,5 years now.
    Beautiful photo from the beautiful Norway🙂
    One week ago I visited my doctor, as demanded emergency check of my eyes, as they thought I was going to be blinded. This was not the case, for what I feel very grateful, but I had time to think about, how it could be, if all were so bad.
    You are right, we do often take much for granted, which it is not.
    Love❤ Irene

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  31. Mél@nie
    Oct 05, 2016 @ 11:56:42

    been to Norway twice… love it and often miss it…❤ thanx for this reminder, Sue!

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  32. Wendy Gillissen
    Oct 05, 2016 @ 12:33:16

    Beautiful touching poem Sue, thank you for reminding me of all the things I take for granted and could be thankful for! Especially being able to see the beauty in Nature, which is so soothing to the soul and connects me with Home… the intricate shapes of Olive trees that remind me of the beauty in diversity… the light in crystals that connects me to the heavenly light within… I could go on and on! ☺ Love Wendy xx ♥

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  33. Eddie Two Hawks
    Oct 05, 2016 @ 17:38:39

    Beautiful, touching, poem. Happy anniversary dear Sue.
    May the inspirational juices keep flowing for many more
    years to come. With love, Eddie

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  34. Maria F.
    Oct 05, 2016 @ 18:24:40

    Beautiful message here Sue, feelings that can be felt without eyes!

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  35. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder
    Oct 05, 2016 @ 23:47:30

    Wonderful poem and I loved the rhyming scheme❤ The poem goes perfectly with the picture by your friend, Svein. (what a picture!)

    Also, a belated happy birthday to your beautiful blog…🙂 best wishes and keep blogging and inspiring us…🙂

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  36. Kourtney Heintz
    Oct 06, 2016 @ 18:35:42

    What a stunning photo. When I think of how hard it would be to capture that in words, I’m so grateful that I can see it and appreciate it.🙂

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Nov 01, 2016 @ 12:54:10

      Dear Kourtney, please forgive this VERY late response to my post.. I must have missed this one my friend.. Thank you for your lovely comment.. And I hope that the book is going well🙂

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  37. aussieian2011
    Oct 07, 2016 @ 10:38:33

    A great piece of writing Sue, more poignant for me as it brings back memory’s of the old days as a radio broadcaster for the blind, companionship and voices in the dark, are comfort through the eyes of those who see.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Nov 01, 2016 @ 12:57:48

      Ian pleased accept my apologies my friend for this late reply to this post.. I overlooked it .. I have discovered if I open a reply in my email link it shows up here on the notifications column as being read, So I am missing lots .. I remember you telling me of your DJ-ing days for the Blind on Radio a wonderful thing to do Ian..
      Thank you my friend Hope all is well with your good self and Ana.. Blessings Sue xxx

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  38. willowdot21
    Oct 19, 2016 @ 12:08:34

    Sue this is a wonderful poem , it makes you stop and think. We have a retired guide dog who we exercises for ‘it’s owner until she had to give her up due to not being able to walk with a dog anymore. We have seen the dog at work and now retired and understand the beauty of her nature.xxx

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  39. lorriebowden
    Oct 24, 2016 @ 22:58:36

    Happy Anniversary, Sue!
    I find it amazing how many times we seem to be on the same wavelength. Sending lots of love and giant hugs ♡♡

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  40. mariewilliams53
    Nov 01, 2016 @ 07:22:16

    Sue, (I’m not stalking you!)🙂 , but we were talking about suffering and why we as humans suffer so, and I lightheartedly asked you if you could consult your Guide (interesting this is a post about sight and guide dogs!), and this morning I SEE the answer to my question in your reply on October 3 to LMB (Luigi). I’m not sure how I got to this post but I think I might have been GUIDED. Love, Marie xxx

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