Be Thankful…That You Don’t Already Have Everything You Desire

Lotsa Color in this Corn

Variegated Corn © 2008 Bo Mackison

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.
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

About Bo Mackison

I’m a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place – a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I’d love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It’s my gift to you.


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

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

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

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

  7. I’d echo your observations. Very nice.

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

  10. suehenryphotography says:

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

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

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