Enjoy this poem that I just came across. It challenges our pre-conceptions of what we might practice being thankful for!
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 fulfilment 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.
I am going to keep the poem with me this week.
I am looking ahead to Sunday, a celebration of Easter for me. In the lead up to the finale of the Easter story of Jesus resurrected – an event for which I am truly thankful – there are many setbacks and challenges. I will seek to be thankful for these too.
This is Mindful Monday on 15 April 2019.
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