My morning devotion this morning included the following quote: When you look at life's adversities as adventures, life becomes much more interesting and exciting. Wow. A simple statement, but it packs a punch. I mean, don't get me wrong - I've heard similar quotes in the past (as I am sure you have): "When life hands you lemons, make lemonade." "Your attitude determines your altitude", etc. etc., blah blah blah. We've heard it before, but do we put it into practice?
It is very easy when you are going through a trying situation or time in your life to want to play the "woe is me" pity card...and for a minute, you may need to do that. But at some point, you have to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and analyze the situation to find out what lesson you need to be learning. Got a bunch of financial woes? - maybe the lesson is that you need to be more frugal with your spending. Having relationship issues? - maybe it's not all about him or her and maybe you need to focus on YOU for a minute. Body riddled with health issues? - maybe you need to get up off the couch, put down the potato chips and TV remote and go take a walk and then reward yourself with some nice refreshing carrot sticks and/or grapes. OUCH! That stepped on my own toes.
I'm just saying, whatever the situation you find yourself - good or bad - make the most of it. When it's raining, think about how you are being saved from watering your lawn. When the sun is shining, enjoy the warmth. When your baby is screaming its head off, be thankful that the child has good lung capacity - they may grow up to become a famous gospel or jazz singer. And when there are trials and tribulations (and there will be some), stop, look, listen and learn the lesson you are being taught...then move on.