As a professional licensed social worker and amateur (but dedicated!) self-improvement striver, This Amazing Day blog will be a tool for me (and I hope for you, too) to discuss ways to find, create, and sustain gratitude and joy in everyday life.
Why This Amazing Day?
The inspiration for the title comes from an E.E. Cummings poem, “i thank You God for most this amazing,” which is one of my favorite reflections of gratitude and joy.
To me, this poem is a reminder to take time to appreciate the beauty that is all around us, if we open our eyes to it. From the springtime flowers and budding trees in the smallest city park, to the peaceful stillness of a snowstorm, to the multicolored hues of the forest in the fall, we can all experience this free beauty throughout the seasons. I especially love the last lines and the idea that the appreciation of the world can awaken us.
This poem is also a reminder to express gratitude, whether it is to God or any higher power that you may believe in. Expressing gratitude increases our appreciation of the good things in life, and in difficult times gratitude helps us focus on things that bring happiness.
The full poem is below. What do you think – does it remind you to be grateful for the beautiful things in your life?
i thank You God for most this amazing
day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes
(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun’s birthday; this is the birth
day of life and of love and wings: and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)
how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any—lifted from the no
of all nothing—human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?
(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)