Feeling terribly sick makes me appreciate my good health even more.
Feeling lonely makes me more thankful for my loving network of friends.
Feeling homesick makes me grateful for a comforting home I can return to.
Feeling lazy and lethargic makes me feel proud of all that I can accomplish when I feel well.
It is easy to take for granted all the blessings in your life, until they are missing. I spent the weekend ill on the couch, hibernating for days. Being sick is a great excuse for taking time to rest and ignore the stresses of the outside world.
Instead of dwelling on the "downs" of this weekend, I am choosing to view them as a reminder of how fortunate I am to know the difference...for some may not even know what it is like to miss the better option.