Grateful Heart

Grateful Heart

Grateful Heart

My reflections on gratitude for this time of the year.


Grateful for every act of love 

That touches my heart

Grateful for every minute spent

Listening to my unspoken words

Grateful for every piece of music

That uplifts my spirit

Grateful for every bite of food

That nourishes my soul

Grateful for every bit of suffering

That make me wise

Grateful for every second of health

That helps me appreciate healing

Grateful for the memories

That have enriched my life

Grateful for the universe

For this magnificent force around me

Grateful for this life

For what is and will always be.

Swarit Gopalan

About the Author

I am an 11-yr old autistic, nonspeaker that uses letterboard to spell/keyboard to type to communicate.I live with my family in Florida and go to Invictus Academy for school. 
I find a lot of solace in expressing myself through poetry. Music and nature also help me stay in the present, there is nothing better for me than to have my movement create a symphony with nature and to truly enjoy the sights and sounds. Living in harmony with nature is my life’s mission.
Right from the time of diagnosis, we are only told about all things we cannot or will not be able to do. Along with the check that is written to the doctor for the diagnosis, it often feels like our agency is written off too, especially without a reliable communication mechanism.  
Time to change the paradigm with more non speaker voices. It has always been a dream to share my thoughts and perspectives with the world so that I can be one of the catalysts to creating a better understanding of non speakers in general. 
My hope is that my words will help change the world from sympathy and pity for those like me to one of deeper understanding of our lives and allyship to ensure our rights.

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