Inspirational Poem: Forgive Me When I Whine


The World is Mine

“Today upon a bus, I saw a lovely [woman] with golden hair;
I envied her.  She seemed so [happy], and oh, I wished I were so fair.
When suddenly she rose to leave, I saw her [limping] down the aisle.
She had one foot and wore a crutch, but as she passed, a smile.
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine.  I have two feet, the world is mine.

And when I stopped to buy some [treats], the [boy] who served me had such charm;
He seemed to radiate good cheer, his manner was so kind and warm.
I said, “It’s nice to deal with you, such courtesy I seldom find.”
He turned and said, “Oh, thank you sir!” And then I saw that he was blind.
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine.  I have two eyes, the world is mine.

Then, walking down the street, I saw a child with eyes of blue.
He stood and watched the others play; it seemed he knew not what to do.
I stopped a moment, then I said, “Why don’t you join the others dear?”
He looked ahead without a word, and then I knew he could not hear.
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine.  I have two ears, the world is mine.

With feet to take me where I’d go,
With eyes to see the sunset glow,
With ears to hear what I should know,
I’m blessed indeed, the world is mine.
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine.

I’m blessed, indeed, the world is mine.”

– Tennyson Guyer

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Sometimes, during the day-to-day stress of our busy schedules, we forget to stop and think about how lucky we are for all the amazing things in our life.  Today, I’d like to remember how lucky I am, and how grateful I am for everything I’ve been given.  And you can do the same! You may even want to write out all that you are grateful for in your life:

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Have you said “thank you” to the universe yet today for all that is good in your life?


4 thoughts on “Inspirational Poem: Forgive Me When I Whine

  1. This reminds me of the monthly children’s clinic I volunteer at where most of the children are in wheelchairs, most can’t speak, but most are very happy that day to be cherished and loved by many. Parents look around at various stages of cerebral palsy, epilepsy, or autism disorders and realize their child has it pretty easy compared to the other children. We all feel very lucky with the minimal problems we have compared to who we encounter those days.

  2. Hi. I just wanted to let you know that the poem you have written out is called , “The World Is Mine”, and was written by a man named Tennyson Guyer . Also, some of the words you have written down are incorrect. I know this happens easily when we pass information from one to another. If you Google this mans name you should find the original words.(or I can send them to you). One source I discovered said that this poem was popular to read over the radio in 1948. I, myself, have had a copy since the 1960’s. I thought you’d agree that’s its always best to give credit where its due when we are able to.
    God bless, Laurie-Anne

  3. actually there are 3 possible authors. Dr. Tennyson Guyer, Red Foley, and Joy Lovelet Crawford.
    the version i was read to by my mother was different also.
    instead of happy, it is gay.
    woman was girl.
    limping hobble.
    treats sweets.
    after that it is changed greatly.
    i have also seen in the past 6 months or a young arabic man chanting this song. his fans think he wrote it.

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