The Turkey Is Done

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This week, my American friends celebrated Thanksgiving.

This is a great tradition that reminds us of all that we have to be grateful for.

I’m also conscious that it can be difficult to maintain a grateful attitude sometimes, as there are so many challenges facing us that we are so focused on our problems that we don’t get a chance to reflect on the positives as well.

I recently came across this poem from an anonymous author, that I think helps us when we find ourselves in these situations.

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 is 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.

Whatever your situation is, I’m sure that there’s something here that you can be thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends and may you be blessed with the perspective to see the positives in every situation.

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