Introduction

This is a poem that talks about the importance of gratitude. The poet emphasizes that we should be thankful for not only the good things in life, but also all the hurdles we face. Only in this way will we be able to gain true fulfilment in our lives.

Theme

The theme of this poem is thankfulness or gratitude.

Line 1 – 8

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.

The poet tells us to be thankful that we don’t already have everything we want, because if we did, there would be nothing to look forward to. We should be thankful when we don’t know something because it gives us the chance to learn. We should be thankful to difficult times because they help us grow, and feel grateful to our limitations because they give us opportunities for improvement.

Line 9 – 20

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.

The poet tells us to be thankful to each new challenge because it will help us build our strength and character. We should also be thankful for our mistakes because they teach us important lessons. When we are tired and weary, it means that we have made a difference, so we should be thankful for that too. The poet says that it is easy to be thankful for the good things. But, a life of rich fulfilment comes to the people who are also thankful for the setbacks. Gratitude can turn something negative into something positive. So, if we find a way to be thankful for our troubles, they can become our blessings.