It can be painful, overwhelming, and difficult for all of us--a long and winding road of potholes! I suppose adversity is necessary and inevitable; a natural means by which we strengthen our characters. We grow through our trials, we learn more deeply about who we really are, and hopefully, we become better people.
When I find myself struggling--hitting potholes left and right--I force myself to stop and focus on the small, simple, and beautiful things around me. I pay special attention to the things I love and give thanks for them. Things like:
A sunny spot and a comfy couch. A beloved book about bread and jam. Pink socks. Blue sky. The pine tree towering outside the window. A good grandma who takes time for her loved ones. Chocolate chip cookies and a quiet afternoon. The light that comes from a happy child's face. Recognizing a moment... Living in it.
Henry David Thoreau said, "However mean your life is, meet it and live it."
(Just be sure to remember what you love about it!)