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I Am Unique and I Am Grateful
I Am Unique and I am Grateful ~thoughts and my poem that inspired this lens.
So often the person we don't appreciate most in life is our own self. We are blind to seeing how unique we are and cover our eyes. A few years ago I wrote a poem titled "I Am Unique". I had forgotten about it until the other day when I ran across it. As I read it.. again, I was struck by the thought that I had forgotten the special things in life that meant so much when I first wrote the poem. Oprah has always encouraged a gratitude journal, and oh I just love that. It is a reminder that we forget and by writing it all down we are somehow changed, as we have a new air of love for all around us which includes our own selves. Yay for ME and yay for the simple as well as the intricate. Bessings to all of mankind, the earth, the stars, the universe. All the little animals.. I am reminded of that as one of my kitties just left my lap making it easier for me to type.
Within this lens is my poem, "I Am Unique and I Am Grateful" and some of my art to illustrate it. THE IMAGE is of one of my sculptures from my "Bleeding Wings" series.
This lens was awarded a Purple Star.. yay!
TURN ON SOME MUSIC FOR AMBIANCE
Annie Lenox sings.. "A THOUSAND Beautiful Things"
That includes YOU.. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL
A little Annie Lenox.
Her music at the top you might be interested in buying a cd of hers.. I have a few.
Annie rocks and she is sooo UNIQUE
This is one of my paintings. I hope that she shows a sense of BEAUTY to fill your soul.
YOU ARE UNIQUE and there is euphoria in that.
My YouTube .. all about flying
This YouTube is of my sculpture series "Bleeding Wings", it is all about the struggle of being who we were always meant to be.
BLEEDING WINGS Sculptures
My poem.. yes we/I must be grateful
Learning to fly by being grateful.
Learning to fly by understanding that YOU are unique.
I Am Unique and I Am Grateful
I am Unique
I am grateful today.
I feel this day with soft eyes.
I smile at everyone I see.
There are people who can barely walk.
There are people who cannot see at all.
on this day the landscape goes on forever.
People in their cars
everyone seems to know where they are going
I lost track
but I am still writing lists.
I take my sketchbook everywhere I go
one never knows
I might catch a touch of blue
or green against the soil.
I see sprinkles of laughter
from creatures I invent inside my head.
High tea served at midnight
thank you very much.
How generous of the flowers to include me.
There are signs pointing out directions
this way and that.
This way will bring you home
or that way will take you further away
if you need to run.
Well meaning people often displaced.
I am yet grateful.
My appointments bring me hope.
I am not just another flower in the garden.
I hold out my hands
see that I am different from any other.
There are people who have decided
I am worth it.
So I think maybe
despite my own declarations
that creep in from time to time
I am grateful for this soul
that is my own.
I think of all the days that I stood still
all those days that I invited sad.
all those days of my not noticing my living
wishing I was not here at all
and thinking how long?
I am grateful now.
I have grown past only feeling regret.
While I know those feelings will return
from time to time
I know happy a little better
and it is saving me.
I am less harsh on myself now
not demanding answers
or positive outcomes only.
I am in touch more in the moment
and it is safe.
finding beauty in the simple
accepting each day as it comes.
Not holding anyone to their word
we all need room for excuses.
I allow for mine.
I guess I am focusing more on possibility.
It feels like a day I can finally breathe in.
I am grateful
I am unique.
by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen
ABOUT Kathy Ostman-Magnusen
I paint and sculpt female fantasy art and map faery tale adventures. I dream of whimsical angel pictures, legends of mermaids and fairies in art. Tiny angels whisper fantasy art, these innocent angels guide me. I also paint fantasy art of exotic women.
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I have illustrated for Hay House Inc.,"Women Who Do Too Much" CARDS taken from Anne Wilson Schaef's book. I also illustrated for Neil Davidson, who was considered for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing, and several other publications. My paintings are collected worldwide.
THE IMAGE IS A SELF PORTRAIT, an oil on an 18x24 canvas
Bed of Dreams made HUGE!
A high school in Florida approached me to use my painting Bed of Dreams for a competition. To say it is a thrill each time I view this is an understatement. My art blown up HUGE to fill a gym floor.. wow.
I mean... WOW, ya know? This is really "unique"!
Before you leave will you take a second to take 3 polls, sign my guestbook and give me a thumbs up?
Poll 1 of 3
pic is of my painting "They're Friends You Know" 24x48 oil, gold leaf on canvas
Do you believe YOU are unique?
Poll 2 of 3
pic is of my painting "Jackie" 18x24 oil on canvas. It is part of my Hawaiian Legacy series.
Do you do any creative things to bless your own soul?
Poll 3 of 3
pic is "Bed of Dreams" 30x40 oil, gold leafing on canvas. This is the painting used in the UTube above.. the one that fills a gym floor
Do you keep a gratitude journal?
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