I try to remind myself that we are never promised anything, and that what control we can exert is not over the events that befall us but how we address ourselves to them.
The Earth House
Being grateful for what we have been blessed with is not easy when life circumstances presents you with challenges.
Part of it is the optimist/pessimist thing for each of us that is just human nature and who we are as individuals.
It seems like the key is simply keeping our state of mind in control of the circumstances while being realistic and responsible. Acting like the situation does not exist could compound bad circumstances by not being responsible.
It is a delicate balance . . . such is life!