Parents can often feel that they have reached the end of their rope with their children’s behavior. How nice would it be, if children listened the first time they were told not to do something? If a trip out in public did not warrant the parent wanting to melt into the floor out of utter embarrassment? It is difficult not to feel like a broken record; ‘I told you no’, ‘don’t do that’, ‘stop it’ are just a few phrases parents may find themselves repeating. A poem by an unknown author found in the August 2012 edition of Body Mind Spirit Guide titled Be Thankful for Troubles…, sheds a different light on those ‘end of your rope’ moments:
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 to 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.