Be Thankful (author 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.

[all photos are from my garden this summer]

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Whether you're celebrating Thanksgiving or not, surely everyone has something to be thankful for.


  1. Wow what a beautiful post. Yes we need to be always thankful for everything. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! :)

  2. happy thanksgiving to you and dear hubby and dear cat. ^0^
    that's a touching post and a meaningful one.
    very inspiring indeed.
    oh! i wish I could have a cute garden as beautiful as this.
    nice macro and they're blooming everywhere.

  3. happy thanksgiving! i love this post--the flowers are beautiful, especially the first one.

    P.S. i read your comment/question at Maria Luiza's Today's Flowers post. the ink flower is called Queen Sirikit (Mussaenda philippica), a tribute to Queen Sirikit when she visited UP Los Banos in the 60's or 70's. the white variety is Dona Aurora.

  4. Inspiring post! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Your photos are stunning!

  5. Happy Thanksgiving!
    An intense post with nice pictures and words.

  6. Yes, indeedy, Maria! I miss the Thanksgiving week in America terribly, but I am one very thankful lady. Period. I love your post...poem and images both!

  7. Your reflections are really nice, useful for daily life. They complete the beautitul Nature photos.



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  8. Hope you have a happy Thanksgiving!

  9. the most difficult thing could be to be thankful during the difficult times. but it's those times when our love for God is tested and proven authentic.

  10. Happy Thanksgiving! Nice shots, so vivid ;-)

  11. im always thankful for my cravings and desire. if i have everything now then my life would be boring. hehe

  12. you take great photos... and such a beautiful post, too :)

  13. First time to visit your blog and I love your post!

  14. hangaganda ng mga shots just like this beautiful posts. nakaka touch, my point nga. I used to have a little garden sa province, date yung mga ganyang plants na nakikita ko s libro gusto ko itanim pero xmpre d naman pede ang karamihan sa weather sa Pinas at wala ding ganyang seeds dito. hehe kainggit tlga ang garden nyo! Happy Thanks Giving po! :)

  15. Beautiful beautiful post, Maria. Thank you so much for sharing this. This has to be the best Thanksgiving post I came across on the net today. I wish you and your loved ones a very Happy Thanksgiving!

  16. I've enjoyed all the fine images, Maria!


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