Why is it when a Hollywood actor dies the world stops? Is it because the person was young and you could see him/her flourish as an actor? Is it because the person had children, who will never get to know his/her parent? Is it because it forces us to see on our morality and think what if? I think it's the later. As someone once said, "Make the most of the time that you are given." We, Americans, rush through life and don't stop to smell the roses, all we smell is the dog crap. We tend to focus on the bad, instead of the good. We tend to say the glass is half empty, not half full. We make excuses for not doing what needs to be done. Change is painful, but necessary, in order, to strive and grow as a person. Remember when we were kids playing in the yard, well, when we would fall, we would just pick ourselves up and keep going. Somehow, we lose that as we get older! So when you think life is bleak, take yourself to a place in your childhood when you were knocked down and see yourself how quickly you picked yourself up!
And remember, as Henry Ward Beecher once said, "The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't." Amen! (I love this quote and here is some interesting information about, Henry Ward Beecher. He was a preacher in the mid to late 19th Century. He became famous because in 1875, he was accused of having an affair with a married woman. It was one of the most famous American trials of the Nineteenth century.)