Be Thankful

Poet Unknown

Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don't know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you're tired and weary,
because it means you've made a difference.

It's easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.

Editor's Note:
This poem reminds us to appreciate all that we have, including the challenges and difficulties that life at times presents. At times, we sometimes look at issues presented to us and only see the negative aspect of them. Be Thankful looks at negative issues and presents them in a more positive light.

There are days when everything does not go as I may have wished. I read this poem and it helps me turn a "not so great day" into a better one, as the poem focuses my thoughts on the positive and reminds me to give thanks for what I do have. It all comes down to our own attitude, how we see, how we react, and what we do.

No matter what situation we face in life, there is always someone worse off than we are. The words of wisdom in "Be Thankful" give me an
appreciation for all the blessings I have in my life. Print off the poem. Put it in a place that you can refer to it on the days when life presents its challenges.
Keep positive,

What's The Use

Poet: Douglas Malloch

What's the use of always weepin',
Making trouble last?
What's the use of always keepin'
Thinkin' of the past?
Each must have his tribulation -
Water with his wine;
Life, it ain't no celebration,
Trouble - I've had mine -
But today is fine!

Inspirational Quotes for Reflection:
"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." William James

"The purpose of life is not to be happy - but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived at all. Leo Rosten

"People don't realize what they had till it's gone. Like President Kennedy, there was no one like him, the Beatles, and my man Elvis Presley." Muhammad Ali

"When one is thankful for the blessings in their life, they are choosing to attract more positivity and abundance." Michael Austin Jacobs

Everyone deserves to be appreciated. We might quite rightly wonder if there are other people, in other places, who might appreciate us more, because we have a right to that appreciation. David R. Hamilton PhD, The Five Side-effects of Kindness

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