No Condition is Permanent
In order for us to truly appreciate life and keep a level head through the good and the bad, we must understand that the difficulties in life is there for a reason. It is intended to make us better not bitter. When we go through a difficulty, it should make us stronger not weaker. So count it all joy like the scripture says because what seems so hard right now will look like a "warm up" for you in the future when you come across the same situation. And people are going to wonder why you are so calm under such pressure without knowing that this is not your first go around.

True happiness in life is how you choose to see things. I try to find a reason to smile through a difficult situation but this doesn't mean I enjoy pain and suffering. I've learned to understand that there is no condition in life that is permanent - good or bad. Any situation you find yourself in, regardless, may change slightly or drastically. This is why you have to be always prepared for changes. And sometimes you just have to pick yourself up and go even when you feel like all the odds seem to be against you and no one is coming to your rescue.
  • How can you appreciate light if you haven't seen darkness?
  • How can you appreciate salvation if you were not once lost?
  • How can you appreciate success if you haven't failed?
  • How can you appreciate being fixed if you were never broken?
  • How can you appreciate a smooth road if you haven't been through a bumpy road?
  • How can you appreciate good health if you've never been sick?
  • How can you appreciate rainfall without experiencing a drought?
  • How can you appreciate love if you haven't experienced hate?
  • How can you appreciate wealth if you haven't been through poverty?
Pain or challenges in life could be physical or emotional. Physical pain is expected to hurt just as much as emotional pain. I personally believe that the best way to handle pain is to make sure it doesn't only hurt; the hurt from pain should change you for the better. Going through any kind of pain should change you and your life's perspective for good. If it doesn't change you or your views for the better, it will hurt forever.
Remind yourself daily that no matter how big your house is; how big your bank account is; how new or recent your car is, your grave will never be big enough to hold it all. It will be roughly 6 feet deep just like everyone else.