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November 27, 2008 / Bo Mackison

Be Thankful…

Variegated Maize

Variegated Maize or Indian Corn

…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.
This gives you an opportunity for learning.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
These are the times in which you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations.
They are opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for new challenges.
They will build strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.

It is easy to be thankful for the good things,
but 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 turn into your blessings.

~~   Author unknown

Thanksgiving Day, 2008


  1. Aiyana / Nov 26 2008 6:51 pm

    Lovely, thought provoking poem and a perfect photo to go along with it. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  2. quinncreative / Nov 26 2008 10:22 pm

    Sounds exactly right. May your gravy be smooth, even if life is a bit lumpy.

  3. Marcie / Nov 27 2008 7:38 am

    What a perfect poem for today!!! Love the ‘indian’ corn…and all its colors.
    Wishing you a happy one. 🙂

  4. rlovison / Nov 27 2008 8:04 am

    Happy Thanksgiving Bo!

    One of many things I’m thankful for is our fireplace and the place in front of it is where I plan to be lying along with our cat after Thanksgiving dinner. 🙂

  5. QuoinMonkey / Nov 27 2008 10:44 am

    Happy Thanksgiving, Bo. The poem and photograph are beautiful. I was just thinking this morning how it’s the challenges that help me to grow, that make me a better person. Your poem says it beautifully. Grateful for you and your beautiful photographs that you share with the world.

  6. montucky / Nov 27 2008 10:48 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Bo! (I love that photo!)

  7. Gandalf / Nov 28 2008 12:40 pm

    I’d echo your observations. Very nice.

  8. Norm / Nov 28 2008 9:59 pm

    Great composition and colour. Hope you don’t mind but I copied the poem to reflect on and pass on to friends. It’s a great perspective piece.

  9. Bo / Nov 29 2008 8:28 am

    By all means, share. I think it’s a great message.

  10. suehenryphotography / Nov 30 2008 8:16 pm

    Even AFTER the holidays, the sentiment and image are so nice. Belated Happy Thanksgiving to you.

  11. Amelia / Dec 2 2008 9:43 pm

    I like the photo a lot and the quote is certainly thought provoking.

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