When bad things happen, people tend to get some perspective on life. If something bad happens to somebody I know I tend to think, “My life could be much worse than it is.” When bad things happen to us, and we make it through, we are especially appreciative soon after the trial has ended.
For example, I really, really appreciated food after my second flare-up when I was in the hospital for 12 days, unable to eat for most of that time. I was on TPN for about a week, but it didn’t really help with the hunger. When I left the hospital, it didn’t matter if the food I ate was mediocre or exceptional: it all tasted like the best food I’d ever eaten.
A dear friend of mine was recently in the hospital for 39 days, and I know several others who are about to have bowel surgery. Seeing how sick some people are really makes me appreciate my health and life.
In the case of my close friend, we’re really thankful for all the blessings we have right now, especially little blessings. The trick is: how do we remain thankful for this life continually, rather than just in the bad times?