God Forgive Me When I Whine

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Today upon a bus I saw a lovely girl with golden hair.

I envied her – she seemed so gay – and wished I were as fair.

But suddenly she rose to leave. I saw her hobble down the aisle.

She had only one leg and wore a crutch, but as she passed, a smile…

 

Oh, God forgive me when I whine,

I have two legs, the world is mine.

 

I stopped to buy some candy. The lad who sold them had such charm.

I stopped to talk to him, he seemed so glad – if I was late could do no harm.

As I left he said to me, “I thank-you, you have been so kind.

It’s nice to talk to folks like you, you see,” he said, “I am blind.”

 

Oh, God forgive me when I whine,

I have two eyes, the world is mine.

 

Later while walking down the street, I saw a child with eyes of blue.

He stood and watched the others play, he did not know what to do.

I stopped a moment and said, “Why don’t you join the others, dear?”

He looked ahead without a word and then I knew, he couldn’t hear.

 

Oh, God forgive me when I whine,

I have two ears, the world is mine.

 

With feet to take me where I go, with eyes to see the sun-set glow,

With ears to hear what I would know.

 

Oh, God forgive me when I whine,

I am blessed indeed, the world is mine!

 

By Og Mandino (adapted from original by Red Foley)

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