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I Am Unique and I Am Grateful

Updated on April 18, 2014

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.

Blessings, Kathy


This lens was awarded a Purple Star.. yay!

This lens was awarded a Purple Star.. yay!
This lens was awarded a Purple Star.. yay!


Annie Lenox sings.. "A THOUSAND Beautiful Things"


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.




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.

For me

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

and objections

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.

Creating within

and without

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

copyright 2011


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.

Sign up for my mailing list for FREE ART GIFTS. I will from time to time offer free magical gifts. Free poems, whimsical musicians artwork, fantasy art of exotic women, I'll also have a bit of fairy advise and gifts ideas! Giclee canvas art work, greeting cards and posters available for sale as well.

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?

See results

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?

See results

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?

See results

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    • Gypzeerose profile image

      Rose Jones 

      5 years ago

      I loved this lens, pinned to Squidoo lenses worth blessing even though I can't do it anymore, and Art I love.

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      6 years ago

      What a wonderful, uplifting lens - blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      6 years ago

      Interesting lens.

    • Millionairemomma profile image


      6 years ago

      This lens is uniquely you and it shows. A lovely example of a purple star.

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      6 years ago

      nice lens

    • dahlia369 profile image


      6 years ago

      Love your life philosophy as much as your art work. Wonderful, wonderful lens!! :)

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      Zut Moon 

      6 years ago

      Nice lens but I can't hang around ... you ran out of beer. I'll check out another of your fridges soon to see if you have any more there ...

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      Nicole Pellegrini 

      6 years ago from New Jersey

      A beautiful and inspiring lens!

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      6 years ago

      One word: Wonderful.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Often we are indeed our own worst enemy. We should all be as patient with ourselves as we are with our friends.

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      6 years ago

      Your poem and art are lovely. You are a very creative person. How wonderful to have talent like this. :)

    • blessedmomto7 profile image


      6 years ago

      Neat lens. Enjoyed your paintings and your poetry.

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      Anthony Godinho 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I totally agree, it's important to be thankful and grateful in everything. Thankfulness helps us stay positive and keep that smile on our face that works unseen wonders.Thanks for the reminder and I loved your poem too...stay grateful and blessed! :)

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      6 years ago

      I like to think that there are souls in the universe that are riveted to watching each of our lives because they sooo want to find out what happens next. Like we're angel TV. :)

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      goo2eyes lm 

      6 years ago

      returning to share some squidangel *blessings* for a wonderful person, you.

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      goo2eyes lm 

      6 years ago

      returning to share some squidangel *blessings* for a wonderful person, you.

    • queenofduvetcover profile image


      6 years ago

      I totally understand the meaning of your poem. Beautiful and I thank you for sharing it with us. It helps a lot. Your paintings are gorgeous btw! =)

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      6 years ago

      Yes, you are unique and so am I! Loved your poem and these lines of the verse are my favorite: "I see sprinkles of laughter/ from creatures I invent inside my head." I had to smile, as I see sprinkles of sunshine - everywhere! And here's a blessing and a bit o' sunshine shared with you too.

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      Cheryl Kohan 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      Such a wonderful lens. The poem is so though provoking and beautiful. I especially enjoyed the YouTube video! What an honor to have your painting chosen for the competition.

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      6 years ago

      It was awesome to enjoy this lens. Angel blessed today.

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      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      It has taken me 60 years to strengthen my belief in my own uniqueness and value. Watch out now, I'm hitting my golden years.

      Thanks for sharing your lovely poem and art to give us this valuable message.

    • davidangel profile image


      6 years ago

      Your poem is inspiring, thank you for sharing

    • vkumar05 profile image


      6 years ago

      Great lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      Deadicated LM 

      6 years ago

      Awesome Lens, I am grateful for it. Thanks!

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      gypsyman27 lm 

      6 years ago

      This has been another work of art Kathy. You are so talented, I do so admire you. You are unique in ways that most of the people I know will never touch. I have come to love you, a stranger, and your work. See you around the galaxy...

    • delia-delia profile image


      7 years ago

      Lovely expressive ART and POEMS! you are a very talented it!

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      7 years ago

      amazing lens! Thank you for sharing! thumbs up

    • sousababy profile image


      7 years ago

      Came back to google +1 this and congrats on your well-deserved purple star!

    • sousababy profile image


      7 years ago

      You are very expressive . . I love that. Thank you for sharing and some folks (like you) have a talent beyond words. I have a great respect for artists. Thank you for sharing your talent with the rest of the world.



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      7 years ago

      You are so talented, I really like your art. Coming to this lens was a blessing for me, I feel great now.

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      sexyf lm 

      7 years ago

      Great Lens..

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      7 years ago

      wow, I love your sculptures, another really cool lens!

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      7 years ago

      Love your poem, and your art is splendid. Enjoyed the range of style. Lovely presentation.

    • hntrssthmpsn profile image


      7 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your lovely art... love the wide array of styles and media!!

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      7 years ago

      Thank you for visiting and supporting my lenses... and for trying to guess what the little guy carving is ... penquin-dog. Appreciate your blessing too. Kathy, your artwork is absolutely breathtaking. Thank you for sharing it with us. You are so talented.

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      7 years ago

      Great lens. Very interesting

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      GreenMind Guides 

      7 years ago from USA

      Very nice lens. You are a sensitive, unique, and reflective young artist. The world is a better place because of you!

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      7 years ago

      Wow what a great lens! Thank you for sharing! thumbs up

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      Jim Sterling 

      7 years ago from Franklin, Tennessee

      I love your poem and this lens.Thank you so much.

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      7 years ago

      Hi Kathy, this is a beautiful lens! *Blessed!* Here are some lines of yours that touched my heart:

      "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."

      I've been in that place of feeling. You express it so wonderfully. You are a gift! Hugs, Kath

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      laurenrose lm 

      7 years ago

      A fantastic lens. It is very inspiring and enlightening and I really enjoyed it! Well done

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      Ronald Tucker 

      7 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Wonderful lens and artwork...having a attitude of gratitude is something that can keep one grounded and realize all that is having good health and surrounded by supportive family and friends.

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      7 years ago

      Beautiful lens about even more beautiful subject. Thank you for reminding people they shouldn't forget about themselves which many of us often do. Blessed:)

    • SilmarwenLinwelin profile image


      7 years ago

      Inspirting lens, well done :)

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      BusyMOM LM 

      7 years ago

      really great lens. So full of good ideas. Thank you for sharing.

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      7 years ago

      Amazing stuff...I'm bookmarking this for sure...Well done...

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      7 years ago

      Amazing stuff...I'm bookmarking this for sure...Well done...

    • skefflingecho profile image


      7 years ago from Tobermory Ontario

      What a wonderful lens! I thoroughly enjoyed it and it uplifted me! Thank you. Blessed!

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      Carolan Ross 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Your paintings are just STUNNUNG! What creativity in both your words and art, impressed!

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      Mary Crowther 

      7 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Beautiful poem and lens! I will be visiting again!

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      7 years ago

      I love Annie Lennox. Anyways, fantastic lens you have! Love your poem and the gym floor of art was beyond super. Really how cool is it to have your art on a floor?!! Your paintings are wonderful and to me capture the essence of the person or emotion...depends on what picture I was looking Truly talented you are!!

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      7 years ago

      great lens

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      7 years ago

      will never be the same again. beautiful.

    • mountainstevo profile image


      7 years ago

      we should all remember we are unique in our own way :)

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      7 years ago

      Very Inspiring.

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      7 years ago

      What a wonderful page! I am blessed and grateful that I found this page. May God continue to bless you and may you continue to use your gifts to uplift others and yourself. God Bless you.

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      7 years ago

      Wonderful lens, being unique is what makes the world so interesting and fun. If everyone one was the same, could you ever imagine what it would be like? Being unique is wonderful.

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      sponias lm 

      7 years ago

      You help me remember that Im an artist and I love art more than anything else. Thank you!

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      7 years ago

      Wow, thank you for sharing these pieces with us. Amazing!

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      Close2Art LM 

      7 years ago

      Your paintings are stunning and Yes we are all unique in our own ways, Great page, Blessed!!!

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      Oracle Post 

      7 years ago

      A very unique and beautiful piece of art. It serves as a gentle reminder for humanity to stay unique in this fast-paced world. Love your lens!

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      7 years ago

      Your Art is beautiful! I loved the performance the High School Girls put together, using your painting "Bed of Dreams" :)

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      7 years ago

      Kathy - I just love your art, and your important reminder in the message here. Wishing you a happy holiday season!

      ;-) Karin

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      darciefrench lm 

      7 years ago

      Very lovely art and poetry - I love how you say that euphoria can be found in one's uniqueness.

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      7 years ago

      Kathy, you have shared such a beautifully crafted message ... that should encourage all of us to be the best that we can be ... to celebrate our inner core of uniquness ... to not try to compete with others, or to be something we are not, but to celebrate our unique selves.

    • ernieplotter profile image


      7 years ago

      Nice lens. And I am smiling as I am writing this. Love your concept of unique. I think that if people just give a little more importance to this idea they would act differently, and better. Everybody is unique. Thank you for your work and sharing your paintings, they are beautiful, and unique :)

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      whiteskyline lm 

      7 years ago

      Funny how we try not to be unique, when we can't avoid it.

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      7 years ago

      May you have a rapturous moment of beholding your own beauty....

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      7 years ago

      I agree with everything you said here. Super liked this lens. Intelligent!

      By the way, thanks for blessing my "Angeline Quinto" lens.

      As a token of appreciation, I have featured this lens on my "10 Things About Rhian Ramos That Her Fans Should Know" lens.

      Hope you like it, friend. Happy Holidays!

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      7 years ago

      Ummm, very thought provoking. Featured this on Brain Matters, hugs

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      7 years ago from Canada

      Yes, I am unique. Great job.

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      Ellen Gregory 

      7 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Very creative lens from a very creative person

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      7 years ago

      :) I felt wonderful! thanks for sharing all these things

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      7 years ago

      Loved the lens, keep on creating.

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      7 years ago

      I absolutely love your sculpture! Fabulous - also a very nice message in your poem. Well done.

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      7 years ago

      You are truly unique and very talented. Keep up your great work!

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      goo2eyes lm 

      7 years ago

      you and i are unique in our own ways. in my simple way, i am,.

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      goo2eyes lm 

      7 years ago

      you and i are unique in our own ways. in my simple way, i am,.

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      rasisonia lm 

      7 years ago

      I believe that everyone is unique and special.. :)

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      7 years ago

      PS. I love Annie Lennox too!

    • Merstarr profile image


      7 years ago

      Because I am unique... and I liked the title.


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