I want to say something
About not getting
What you want
Because if all those prayers
Had been answered
I’d surely not be me
And that would be a shame.

The warm press
Of my dog on my thigh
Might have slipped
My attention
As I went surfing the net;
Mindlessly window shopping
For fur hats.

I might have missed
The precious and strong
Grip of my left hand
If my right one
Weren’t so weakened
By the take-away
Illness brings.

What if I actually had
All the independence
I have prayed for
And altogether missed
My heart stretching
With love for all those
Who let me know
I matter to them?

If I had all I wanted
I’d never know
How not having
Helps me know
The very important gift
Of wanting
And cherishing
Exactly what I have.
-Cathy Aten 2013


9 Responses to “Thanksgiving”

  1. Carole Zoom on November 27th, 2013

    Well said Cathy. You’ll be with us virtually on Thanksgiving. I’m thankful to have met you this year

  2. Dion Flannery on November 27th, 2013

    Beautiful sentiment and words. This will be shared at our table tomorrow,

  3. laura Hegfield on November 28th, 2013

    Oh Cathy… so beautiful… thank YOU for being you exactly as you are/becoming transforming moment by moment with the rest of us, all in our own ways.

    Happy Thanksgiving friend.

  4. Pamela Markoya on November 28th, 2013

    Blessings beyond measure are witnessed in your life.
    You are a light!

  5. gerry harty on December 1st, 2013

    so beautiful cathy…Happy Thanksgiving to you and your very sweet Olivia !!!

  6. Jane on December 7th, 2013

    I’ve been “away”, and I am grateful to find that when I remember to type your name into my browser, I find you still here and I feel the same sense of peace and acceptance from the calm balance of your words. Thank you, really!

  7. Carol Stewart on December 22nd, 2013

    So glad to check in today and read your prophetic words. The best to you this holiday season. Grateful always.

  8. nancy ungar on December 31st, 2013

    Happy New Year Cathy. It’s 12:13 here so I guess you’ll have to wait a bit..
    Anyway, I’ve been reading your entries up to the moment. You are truly amazing and I can’t wait to meet you.

    May health and continued creativity and courage be yours in 2014.


  9. Jim on November 23rd, 2014

    I’m thankful to have met you Cathy. May you always feel the river’s solace.

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