How much gratitude can you bear?

April 25, 2011

I have slowly been reading through The Gift, Poems by Hafiz, The Great Sufi Master, translated by Daniel Ladinsky.

Hafiz writes truly soulful poems, gracious, ecstatic, clever, sensual, subtle, observant, and above all, compassionate.

The following poem brought me back to one of the basics of recovery–and of all spiritually-minded paths in life–gratitude.

How easy it is to forget to be grateful?

Grateful for the things we have in life that nurture and sustain us, and grateful for the things in life we don’t have due to the grace of the universe, self-care, noble living or the kindness of others.



After a hard day’s forage

Two bears sat together in silence

On a beautiful vista

Watching the sun go down

And feeling deeply grateful

For life.

Though, after a while

A thought-provoking conversation began

Which turned to the topic of


The one bear said,

“Did you hear about Rustam?

He has become famous

And travels from city to city

In a golden cage;

He performs to hundreds of people

Who laugh and applaud

His carnival


The other bear though for

A few seconds

Then started