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Poetry Sunday-What Do You See




What Do You See



What do I see when I look at the world…..



I could say pain, perhaps

Injustice, poverty, surely.



And while these are heavy, obscuring my view,

sometimes suffocating me,

I prefer to see kindness-yes!



It glows so brightly in the night sky….rays

of peace, harmony and laughter rain down.

And love is there too, layered beneath,

supporting all who chose to walk this path.



What do you see?



Can you see the path of understanding, forgiveness?

Can you see the kindness of strangers?



Look hard….

It is there.  Just obscured a bit,

right now.



With each soul, united, we can make a wider path of love,

an enduring course

for millions to walk with us-



It just depends how you CHOOSE  to see the world.



 © Donna Donabella 2015


While traveling to my niece’s wedding the opening line kept running through my head.  And the words that poured out were a chorus of hope I wanted to share especially during the holiday season as we begin the New Year.


I choose a new word each year to guide me.  This year my word is INNOVATE.  I rolled it out on my New Year’s Eve post.  And it seems this poem fits beautifully with it…I am choosing to see things in a new light this year.




I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog.  Visit them to read some more wonderful verse.

almond blossom collage

I am also linking in with the I Heart Macro meme hosted by Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday, with Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday and with Kara@A Spirit of Simplicity for her Tuesday Afternoon meme.



If you enjoy reading this blog, I welcome you to share it with others. I enjoy spreading the blog love, and I appreciate all who come and read my blogs. 






Special Note:  I used pictures of almond blossoms from my garden as they symbolize hope and contemplation.  And I processed them in an oil painting app on my computer.  I do like how they turned out.



I leave you with a few additional thoughts about the hope of the world.  I welcome you to download the photo and share it.

world hope

All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2016.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

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  1. January 3, 2016    

    Oh I agree, but sometimes it’s so hard to spot the kindness in this harsh world.

    • January 3, 2016    

      Absolutely Bjorn…I think those are the days my tears flow harder and when they are done, the way seems a little clearer.

  2. January 3, 2016    

    This really tumbled forth beautifully from that opening line..changing the order of our perception is key in changing dark to light – to see harmony and laughter rain down – loved that giggling line…no doubting however that it takes courage and work to achieve this..which is much admired..wishing you an innovative has begun already here!

    • January 6, 2016    

      Oh I so appreciate your thoughts Jae Rose…your insight and your cheering me on…thank you!

  3. January 3, 2016    

    a good way to start the new year, with a conscious approach to seeing, and the challenge of catching the light of hope around us

    A Happy Creative 2016 to you Donna

    much love…

    • January 6, 2016    

      Much love to you gillena….thank you for your lovely words of encouragement….

  4. January 3, 2016    

    An inspiring read. It’s indeed true that one should also take notice of the positivity around him/her. Thanks for this one.

    Happy New Year, Donna.

    • January 6, 2016    

      You are most welcome totomai…Happy New Year!

  5. January 3, 2016    

    A beautifully uplifting poem just perfect for the start of a brand new year 🙂 I agree it all depends on how we choose to see the world.
    Wishing you happy holidays Donna 🙂

    Lots of love,

    • January 6, 2016    

      I am so grateful that you view the poem as uplifting Sanaa! Wishing you a Happy New Year!

  6. January 3, 2016    

    Yes, so true. So much depends on the perspective of the one who looks at the world. Happy New Year, Donna.

    • January 6, 2016    

      Perspective is key Mary….I am hopeful that if my choice is positive, it may spread to others. Happy New Year!

  7. January 3, 2016    

    choice always matters , however circumstances always play a role

    • January 6, 2016    

      Indeed choice and circumstances both play a role…

  8. January 3, 2016    

    The kindness is definitely there..just lost in the chaos.

    • January 6, 2016    

      Which makes me want to shine the light on it even more!

  9. January 3, 2016    

    I choose to see it wide, open, full of possibilities and realized dreams… completely shareable. Love this peace, it reads like a meditation chant. ♥

    • January 6, 2016    

      Oh I love that idea of a meditation chant..thank you!

      • January 7, 2016    

        Ha! I just noticed my “peace” instead of “piece” typo, and like it very much. 😀

  10. January 3, 2016    

    So true, Donna. It all depends on how we choose to see the world. Lovely poem.

    Wish you a very happy new year 🙂

  11. January 3, 2016    

    there are many ways to view the world.. and there is always goodness and we should look for human touch.

    • January 6, 2016    

      I love your summary of the poem…thank you! Happy New Year….

  12. January 3, 2016    

    Often to my detriment I too choose to see the world through my rose coloured spectacles. It may be difficult at times but the rewards are worth it. Lovely poem. 🙂

    • January 6, 2016    

      I am with you Paul…I choose to keep on my rose colored glasses…it is so worth it!

  13. January 3, 2016    

    Beautiful poem Donna, and I love the way you have altered your blossom photo…I agree, it works really well. Wishing you a very happy and positive 2016!

    • January 6, 2016    

      Thank you so much Jane! So glad you enjoyed the poem and pictures…Happy New Year!

  14. January 3, 2016    

    I see pain and I see hurt. But I also see rainbows, compassion and caring. I can’t not see the pain (and I don’t want to either), but I choose to focus on the positives. I say that I don’t want to not see the pain because I need to acknowledge that it is there to do anything in my small way to change it. I would love for it not to be there to be seen.
    I hope that the positives shine very brightly for you.

    • January 6, 2016    

      Perfectly said and I agree Soosie! Wishing you a Happy new Year!

  15. January 3, 2016    

    I choose the frequency of love it helps make the journey in life a bit easier but, with saying that we still live in a human world with events that we have no control over. I always enjoy the photos here and the word innovate is a good guide word for 2016.

    • January 6, 2016    

      Thank you Truedessa…I am so happy you enjoy the pictures!

  16. Gayle Walters Rose Gayle Walters Rose
    January 3, 2016    

    I’m convinced that there is more good than bad out there in the world but our media paints a very dire picture. I admit there is some pretty bad stuff happening but we everyday people, I think, are pretty kind and want the best for the world. I love your ending lines…especially about the wider path of love, beautiful sentiment.
    Gayle ~

    • January 6, 2016    

      Thanks so much Gayle….I choose to not watch most of the news for just that reason.

  17. January 3, 2016    

    Donna, I love everything about this poem – the message, the way of looking at the world…..the fact that the goodness and kindness are there, if we choose to see it. One of my faves of yours. Very wonderful, especially as we begin this new year. Thanks for this positive and hopeful message.

    • January 6, 2016    

      Oh thank you so much Sherry…this means so much to me!

  18. January 3, 2016    

    It is all up to the person to see what makes him or her happy in life He or she cannot be forced to view something he or she would get stressed about. thanks for this! loved it!

    • January 6, 2016    

      Yep it is a personal choice…so glad you enjoyed the poem!

  19. ZQ ZQ
    January 3, 2016    

    Why do I think, this is so you. This was beautiful. Happy New Year

    • January 6, 2016    

      Oh you have gotten to know me so well my friend! My heart is joyful with these words…Happy New Year!

  20. January 3, 2016    

    I agree Donna, It’s all about your perspective on the world. There are times when I have to block out world news and retreat into my local life which is full of joy and happiness and not take on the weight of the world…
    And on that note I hope you have a very Happy New Year to you, full of innovation!
    Wren x

    • January 6, 2016    

      Thanks so much! I too avoid news many days…it is not healthy! Happy New Year my friend!

  21. January 3, 2016    

    I choose to see love and kindness. Within everyone there is something to love although on occasions it might be difficult to see.

    • January 6, 2016    

      Absolutely Cherie….that choice to see kindness can be difficult some days but it is so worth it in the end!

  22. January 3, 2016    

    Kindless, generosity and caring is out there alright it is just hidden in the shadows of greed and cruelty and blindness.

    • January 6, 2016    

      Yes sadly Robin…making it difficult some days to see the kindness!

  23. January 3, 2016    

    When we look out at the world, from a loving perspective, even in the toughest of times, there is much that is life affirming. Clearly, you see life with a kind heart, Donna.

    • January 6, 2016    

      Oh how sweet of you to say so Wendy! Thank you!

  24. January 3, 2016    

    Thank you for these inspiring words.

  25. January 3, 2016    

    Lovely thoughts Donna. I too see the world with hope, kindness and joy. I am grateful for that. Thank you for your beautiful pictures and the inspirational words. Hope your niece finds happiness in marriage and that you have a Happy New Year.

    • January 6, 2016    

      Thank you for your lovely words Myrna….so glad you enjoyed the post! Happy New Year.

  26. January 4, 2016    

    I love this viewpoint…only if all of us could feel that chord of unity among us this earth would be paradise but some choose to see this world differently…sigh…only two days ago we’ve had a terrorist attack in our country and much loss of life….

    • January 6, 2016    

      I am so sorry to hear about the attack in your country Sumana…..if only people would choose to see the world positively! We can only hope our example will continue to turn many to peace and love.

  27. January 4, 2016    

    Hello, lovely poem and mosaic! I believe Kindness is there, we just have to look harder. I wish you much peace and happiness in the new year. Happy New Year to you and your family. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

    • January 6, 2016    

      Oh thank you Eileen! Wishing you a wonderful New Year!

  28. Kerry O'Connor Kerry O'Connor
    January 4, 2016    

    I believe people see what they want to see, and that is governed by their own natures. I thought-provoking poem for January.

    • January 6, 2016    

      Thank you Kerry! Glad it provoked some interesting thoughts.

  29. January 4, 2016    

    I love the Almond Blossom and also how you changed the pics into watercolours…..I like that too.

    • January 6, 2016    

      Thanks Cath…it was fun processing the pictures as paintings.

  30. January 4, 2016    

    loved the message in this poem. this is so uplifting.
    personally, i need to see more of the positives in life. 🙂

    • January 6, 2016    

      Oh that means so much to know the poem was uplifting for you! Thank You!

  31. January 4, 2016    

    I see beauty in you and in your wise words.

    • January 6, 2016    

      Oh thank you…that is so wonderful of you to say so!

  32. January 4, 2016    

    That is lovely. Any time we share the love of God with someone else, the world will become a better place.

    • January 6, 2016    

      Absolutely…I couldn’t agree more!

  33. January 4, 2016    

    Yes, it’s about what we choose to see.. what we focus on…and under fear and anger – kindness hidden deeply for sure…

    • January 6, 2016    

      I liked how you phrased this summary!

  34. January 4, 2016    

    Wonderful poem and a great start in this first week of january, in 2016! Lovely!!
    Warm greetings!

    • January 6, 2016    

      Thank you and warm wishes, Happy New Year Alexa!

  35. January 4, 2016    

    I’ve so enjoyed not only your posting…but all the comments as well! Wonderful topic and I’m a firm believer that we do choose how we see things… Thanks for sharing such an inspirational post! Happy New Year!

    • January 6, 2016    

      Thanks Robin…it means a lot to know you think the poem is inspirational. The best part of blogging is the comments…Happy New Year!

  36. January 5, 2016    

    Hi, Donna,
    I’m here to thank you for the beautiful comment you’ve left on ~My little old world ~ I appreciate so much, your blog is truly amazing, I’d love to follow you but I see you haven’t Google Friend Connect followers., so I’m going to copy and paste the link of your webpage for not to lose any update, I’m so glad you’ve found me, so I’ve met you !!!

    Thank you, have a beautiful new week

    • January 6, 2016    

      Thanks Daniela for dropping by and I really enjoyed your post too! Sorry I don’t have Google Friends, but I had to change over from Google to Bloglovin’ for updates on blogs. I also have email subscription. I do hope you will stay in touch!

  37. January 5, 2016    

    “With each soul, united, we can make a wider path of love,

    an enduring course

    for millions to walk with us-”

    Amen to making the path of kindness and love wider and wider, lessening the ways of hate.

    • January 6, 2016    

      Thanks so much Susan and I agree…Amen!

  38. January 5, 2016    

    Very moving poem, Donna. Your word innovate is very powerful, one that garners new and exciting changes in something established. Much luck for your new year.

    • January 6, 2016    

      Thank you Donna….it is already turning out to be a creative and fun New Year! Wishing you much Happiness!

  39. January 6, 2016    

    I am absolutely convinced, Donna, that we MUST choose to see the beauty, love, good, peace, hope, etc. in the world all around us…without burying our heads in the sand at the cruel realities around us. We MUST attract that which is good and keep adding as many around us as is possible to make this Pilgrimage one that changes the world. One person, one step at a time. We keep saying it, don’t we, year after year! Thank you for being part of the solution!

    • January 6, 2016    

      I wouldn’t have it any other way…always try to be part of the solution…love the MUST emphasis.

  40. Judith @ Lavender Cottage Judith @ Lavender Cottage
    January 6, 2016    

    I look for the beauty wherever I am Donna and the best in people. There’s too much darkness in the world, we have to look for the light.

    • January 6, 2016    

      Oh yes Judith…it is so important to emphasize the light especially these days!

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