Oh, To Be Grateful | Spoken Word Poem by Natalie Patterson


Whenever life sucks, when all hell has broken loose
and i think, I am definitely out for the
count this time. I remind myself to count my blessings. I start small. GRATITUDE I woke up this morning. I can breathe. I am abled bodied, I am well. I have clear thoughts. I can swallow. There is food to eat
and clean water to drink. I am warm. I have a home. My mother. My car,
it turned on. My computer,
is new. I have keys to a home. I am loved. I have things to unlock,
and maybe this is the key. Having gratitude for every thing,
and every place I’m in, for people and perspectives how they stay firmly rooted,
or shift over time. I want to be like the ocean, large and vast… but always unashamed. I am grateful for this knowing
and poetry. For love letters and emails with kind kind words sent from strangers across the world. I am grateful for tuberoses for the smell they release. For hair things scattered around
my house and car, but always, always within reach. For the feeling taking my bra off
after a long day brings Oh I am grateful. For, for good good friends that FaceTime at 2 AM because
I sent a text about feeling, feeling lonely. I am grateful for Thrify’s mint chip
ice cream on rainy days. For teachers who invested in me beyond subject matter. For the iPhone and ALL
the cool things that it does. I mean, really? What did we do before screenshots? I am ever grateful for activists, and allies. For people using their voices. For anger turned strategy. For movements and protests because we are worthy of
SO much better. I am grateful for Mr. Rodgers and Michelle Obama’s arms. For the trees and the air, For quiet moments and celebrations. I am grateful for stillness and plane rides across the world
to places I have only ever dreamed of. Oh to be grateful for the
memories and the heartbreak that is now behind me. I am grateful for those terrible days, that taught me, birthed my appreciation
for tomorrow always coming. For 82 degrees, sunny Sundays
with a gentle breeze. I am grateful for contrast and proximity, for sunshine and being prepared for the rain. Oh I am grateful, for friends turned family, for lovers never lost. Oh I am grateful. Eternally, eternally grateful to be whole, healthy and loved.

75 thoughts on “Oh, To Be Grateful | Spoken Word Poem by Natalie Patterson

  1. I absolutely adore Natalie Patterson and am so thankful for SoulPancake for introducing me to her. Every word speaks to me.

  2. This is a really great message, but we also need to remember that it's okay sometimes to complain or to be upset. If you keep telling yourself that you are grateful for such a wonderful life, then you start to feel ashamed when you get upset or mad at your life. Be grateful for what you have, but also remember that it's okay to complain, be upset or mad. You're only human.

  3. I don't cry easily and the way you speak brought me to tears. You have a true gift.

  4. This is absolutely stunning. One day, I will be able to write that well and it will be amazing.

  5. I cannot listen to Natalie read a poem without tearing up, even when its happy they way she delivers the words make me all teary eyed with a lump in my throat.

  6. I may not be healed but I am not as unhealthy as I will be and for that I am thankful. This was so powerful! Thanks for sharing!

  7. I'm pretty sure that every single one of Natalie's poems has made me cry. You are a beautiful writer x

  8. I love this! Sometimes it's nice to just reset and hear it all over again, to remember to appreciate the little things!

  9. I am greatful to hear that beautiful positive thoughts,reminders in struggles and sacrificies in daily lives.

  10. I'm grateful for talented people like you who put their energy in accomplishing greatness. I might sound stupid but i'm grateful for the fact that my struggles, my problems are third world problem. My issues ain't issues compare to what some people actually live.

  11. So beautiful! Thank you for reminding me that there's plenty to be grateful for rather than focusing on negative.

  12. Thank you so much Soul Pancake for always bring so much love & positivity into my life. I am simply grateful to be alive, and to have the opportunity to learn about and love the beautiful people that surround me each and every day. ❤️

  13. SoulPancake–it is far too long since Natalie's last video. More of her phenomenal words please!

    Natalie, your poetry and delivery gives me chills. You are amazing. Feel so privileged after listening to you speak. You are talented beyond measure and you help me to feel even more.

  14. I'm great full for YouTube giving me a chance to watch this amazing video that gives me another look on life

  15. Natalie, I am grateful for you. Thanks for sharing your gratitude list with me. It first came across my desk on Happify.com. Now I have it permanently to my Pinterest Appreciation Board.

  16. You are an amazing being, thank you for your words. Continue doing what you are doing, your words matter and impact so many individuals..lots of Canadian love 🙂

  17. thank you so much. you have helped me to realize i am ungrateful. i need to thank more.

  18. Each one of your poems so far, had touched me deeply.
    I went to sleep with the words: "I'm enough", playing in my head, and know I woke up to this.

    I feel inspired to make some changes I need to.

    Thank you!

  19. You guys rock!! I'd like to say your videos are inspiring. <3
    I'm a teacher and always that I have the opportunity, I show one of your videos to my class.
    Thanks a lot!!

  20. still find myself coming back to this video as a source of motivation many years ago.

  21. Thank you..thank you …you are amazing!!!Your strong expressions,smile and determination to pass all for us!! I'm grateful…for opportunity to hear these inspiring words!!
    I loved the videos ,and the passionate way they pass the messages.thanks 😊

  22. You are on a life journey and have discovered a secret a happy life.

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