I am always telling our children this and it's such a great practice but truly how much our lives do we control. I believe life is about 10% what happens to you and 90% what you make of it.
For example, our diet, it's a pain to be gluten free and dairy free, to avoid rice at home and now be minimizing corn and eggs at home also. On the other hand, what a blessed life it is to have the freedom to make such decisions and not just be stuck eating what is on hand. I truly believe 90% of Americans have no clue what real hunger is and even on a diet like our families, we have more choices than the majority of the world.
It's like toilets. . . we recently went to Cornerstone Music Festival - rock on. Amazing time. Anyways, we had to use outhouses. What an amazing relief to come home. . . well to even head home and use the toilets at a gas station LOL. When we got home, we pulled out "a life like mine" which is children's literature about how children around the world live. We talked about how many would be THANKFUL for outhouses. We also expressed thanks to Daddy for his continuing use of outhouses day in, day out. This is an aspect of construction that we forget about!
Recently, I thought about this because I had such sympathy towards someone who is having a REALLY rough time -- I stopped myself suddenly and realized that if life is what we make it, they too can find their lemon bar amidst the lemons ;)
The question I guess is how to do this? Rest in Jesus and ask you how do it in your specific situation. And always remember Romans 8:28. Whether it appears to be true or not, IT IS TRUE!