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July 12, 2009


Gratitude some more….

by Andrea O'Connell

This is one of my favorite poems about gratitude.  It was written in 1513 by the poet Fra Giovanni, and it is called…

Letter to a Friend

I am your friend and my love for you goes deep. There is nothing I can give you which you have not got, but there is much, very much, that, while I cannot give it, you can take.

No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in today. Take heaven!

No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present little instant. Take peace!

The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind it, yet within our reach is joy. There is radiance and glory in the darkness could we but see – and to see we have only to look. I beseech you to look!

Life is so generous a giver, but we, judging its gifts by the covering, cast them away as ugly, or heavy or hard. Remove the covering and you will find beneath it a living splendor, woven of love, by wisdom, with power.

Welcome it, grasp it, touch the angel’s hand that brings it to you. Everything we call a trial, a sorrow, or a duty, believe me, that angel’s hand is there, the gift is there, and the wonder of an overshadowing presence. Our joys, too, be not content with them as joys. They, too, conceal diviner gifts.

Life is so full of meaning and purpose, so full of beauty – beneath its covering – that you will find earth but cloaks your heaven.

Courage, then, to claim it, that is all. But courage you have, and the knowledge that we are all pilgrims together, wending through unknown country, home.

And so, at this time, I greet you. Not quite as the world sends greetings, but with profound esteem and with the prayer that for you now and forever, the day breaks, and the shadows flee away.

6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Jennifer (Sumthin)
    Jul 12 2009

    Hi Andrea,
    This Is Great!!! I am proud of you, For doing your own thing!! I love the blog and I added you to my favorites. I had not been In chat for weeks popped in tonight and just by chance clicked on your profile. I am glad I did. I will check back often I love your work. 🙂 I hope you are enjoying your summer . Keep up the good work !! Talk to You soon I hope . Lots of Love, Jen (aka Sumthin)

    • Andrea
      Jul 14 2009


      I really look forward to chatting and laughing with you very soon. Well, as soon as I can come up for a breath of air!

      Thank you again for your comments….


  2. Starfish
    Jul 13 2009

    Hi Andrea! I hope when things get hopping in the casey anthony case again you come to visit the chat rooms!
    Nice start to your blog!

    • Andrea
      Jul 14 2009

      Hey Star! Thanks so much! I have been so dern busy that I haven’t had a chance to visit… but, once the case gets rolling again, I’ll be there…. and blogging about it, too, dontchaknow! Thank you soooo much for your comments.

  3. Jul 16 2009

    Hi oandrea…..Im Debbo…Debbie…a subscriber of the Casey/Caylee Anthony Chatroon…I saw that you posted an article the other day that was great reading on why mothers kill and checked out your profile and found your blog. You are doing great work!! I love it!!! Hope to see you in the chatroom soon!!! Welcome!!!!

    • Andrea
      Jul 16 2009

      Hi Debbie!

      Thank you so much for your kind words… I am so glad you found that article interesting, too. There are some really great Casey/Caylee articles being written here on WordPress. That particular author is one of my favorites.
      My next project on this blog is to write about Casey Anthony – the trial, thoughts and theories especially as it relates to applying the law, and the ramifications of this new DP qualified Attny… Tis on my to do list!

      I will definetely come and join you all to chat as soon as I can…. Life has been soooo busy….but I will visit and I look forward to chatting with you, too.

      Thank you again for your kind words, Debbie. It does my heart good….:)

      All the best.



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