giovedì 30 aprile 2009

THE SILENCE OF THE NIGHT - a cat lover's poem

This is a poem that I wrote some years ago when I woke up during the night and glanced over to the chair where my cat usually sleeps.  All of a sudden he picked up his ears and was immediately fully awake, too.   I wondered what might have woken him up, as there wasn't a sound to be heard.   I concluded that it must have been the silence itself that woke him.

 I had to get up to let him out, so now wide awake myself, I felt inspired to write a little poem about what I felt might have been going through his mind.

A photo I I took of a feather cloud in the sky above my garden.

(Sadly my cat Smokey is no longer with us but he will be forever in my heart.)


The still and steely silence
Drove my sleep away.

No bumps, no bangs,
No clunks, no clangs
To tense my gut as in day.

Fresh fields to roam
Not far from home.

A succulent mouse
Or perhaps in someone's house
Some meat left out on a tray.

Be ever vigilant.
The coast must be clear.
What I do is not for a seer.

My owner would shake
And shout and create.

I'm her lovely soft boy.
When I'm near she knows joy.

"But for Heaven's sake!
What time can it be?

No Pussy, not yet.
Go back to your bed.

It's only four, 
Too early to open the door.
Okay, I can see
There's no peace for me."

So she let me go to roam.
But she wants me back home
By dawn
When she has her first cup of tea.

by Dorothy M Rowatt (2004)

martedì 28 aprile 2009


by Dorothy M Rowatt,
 (in collaboration with 'clair communications')

The practice of gratitude as a tool for happiness has been with us for years. Many studies support the effectiveness of gratitude, which suggests that a positive, appreciative attitude can greatly contribute to success in business; enhanced health and well-being (often resulting in a faster recovery rate after surgery); as well as a heightened performance in sports.

While we may acknowledge the many benefits of gratitude, it may, however, prove difficult to sustain an attitude of being grateful. Many of us have been trained to notice what is broken, undone or lacking in our lives. Therefore, for gratitude to meet its full healing potential, it needs to become more than just a few words on Thanksgiving Day. We really have to learn a new way of looking at things, a new habit - and that, without doubt, can take some time.

That’s why practicing gratitude on a continual basis makes so much sense. When we practice giving thanks for all we have, instead of complaining about what we lack, we give ourselves the chance to see all of life as an opportunity and a blessing.

Remember that gratitude isn’t a blindly optimistic approach, in which the bad things in life are whitewashed or ignored. It’s more a matter of where we put our focus and attention. Pain and injustice exist in this world, but when we focus on the gifts of life, we gain a feeling of well-being. Gratitude balances us and gives us hope.

There are many things to be grateful for: colourful autumn leaves, legs that work, friends who listen and really hear, chocolate, warm clothing in the winter, the ability to read, fresh flowers, butterflies, our health. What’s on your list?

Some Ways to Practice Gratitude :

• Keep a gratitude journal in which you can list things you are thankful for.

• Make a gratitude collage by drawing or pasting pictures.

• Have thoughts of gratitude before falling asleep, and always try to find the hidden blessings in a challenging situation.

• When you feel like complaining, make a gratitude list instead. You may be amazed by how much better you feel.

• Notice how gratitude is impacting your life. Try to write about it, sing about it and always express 'thanks' for gratitude.

As you practice, an inner shift begins to occur, and you may be delighted to discover how contented and hopeful you are feeling. That sense of fulfillment is gratitude at work.

Author’s content used under license, © 2008 Claire Communications

domenica 26 aprile 2009

The Light Worker's Way

by Dorothy M Rowatt

photo of feather clouds in the sky, by Dorothy M Rowatt

Our roads entwine,
We make our way.
We wait upon
The breaking day

For His work, not yours,
Or mine.

We must only wait
To see
The reason for life's

But no one walks the road
For His hand, yours and mine
Will lead us to where we

Just wait awhile and
You'll see the gifts;
For if your eyes will seek
They'll surely find

A wanderer
Who needs your help
And mine.

By Dorothy M Rowatt (2004)

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