It could always be worse is a good everyday mantra.
Perspective is a crazy thing.
How you frame your state of mind is such a powerful tool. Being able to take a step back and take a look at the bigger picture in terms of what is going on in your life and compare it to others can really help tilt your opinion on things. The old saying “comparison is the theft of joy” rings a bell, but here you aren’t really comparing yourself to one certain person. Taking a situation and looking at it up against real world problems and things people you may not know personally deal with, you can soon realize that you’ve got a good thing going. Your life and what you have will always be extra special for you, and a lot of time others will not understand what you value or why you value things so much. Take for example your favorite T-shirt. It might be gaudy to others, or may seem average to some. But for you, that is your favorite T-shirt. When it comes down to it, you probably wouldn’t trade your whole closet for someone else’s. The sizes might be off or the style not exactly your taste. Now take that idea and apply it elsewhere.
Always be grateful for what you got.
Ah, that segued nicely. Sure, you are always going to want things you can’t have. That is just the nature of the beast. The things you want the most often have the most shine because they seem so unattainable or require a great deal of legwork to achieve. Now, you never want to give up on striving for these things. Work hard enough and anything is possible. There are countless stories of rags to riches, people getting things they dreamed of as kids, or just enough strokes of luck to get you on the right track. Life works in mysterious ways. But overall, sometimes you just need to step back and take a look at what you have. Health, clean clothes, good food, a car, cell phone, job, the list goes on and on. The way in which you obtained the things you are thankful for does not matter. Sure, it might feel better if you hustled or really worked hard for a luxury, but overall you need to be thankful for what you have. As life goes on you will cement pride and dignity into yourself for your achievements, and getting a little help early on is nothing to be sad about.
You never know where you can be or what can happen.
This one probably hits the hardest, and collectively brings together everything above. Consider it for example as the analogy like a roller coaster climbing up for it’s first drop with your eyes closed. You could be going up, up, and away into the sky as you are overcome with excitement. Things are going just as you planned. And all the sudden, you plummet to the bottom. This is a very extreme circumstance, but everyday people’s lives are changed forever. Sometimes people set themselves up for this free fall with poor decisions or behaviors that warrants consequence, but more times than not all it takes is one accident or one setback to completely flip your life upside down. It could happen in so many ways from psychical, emotional, situational, etcetera. And if you live long enough, you will see this happen to close friends or even yourself. But just because you get knocked down doesn’t mean you can’t get back up. Just as life throws us curveballs, it might tee you up one and just deliver a pitch straight down the middle for you to knock out of the park. Sometimes you can anticipate what’s coming next, but most of the time we really don’t know what we are in for.