There are a lot of times when things get us down. Health issues, money issues, and family issues are probably the big three, but no matter how bad a day I'm having, I always try and remember that no matter how difficult it seems, there is somebody somewhere dealing with much tougher issues.
I recall well after having radiation therapy for my cancer, learning that I needed to have 1/2 my jaw removed as the radiation had killed the bone. After having the surgery, as you might imagine, I looked a bit different than most folks, but I'm lucky that I can grow a beard, and not a lot of people see what would be very noticeable without it.
Not long after my surgery, I happened to see a special on TV about a major league baseball player named Dave Dravecky. Dave developed cancer in his throwing arm, and after therapy and more surgery, his arm and entire shoulder had to be removed. It made me realize that even though eating and speaking was going to be a real challenge for me the rest of my life, at least I have full mobility with all my limbs and other than speech and food consumption, my life was going to go on pretty much as usual. You can read about Dave at... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Dravecky
Another fellow that has a very difficult life in my opinion is one of the smartest people on the planet. If you have not heard, read, or seen anything about Stephen W. Hawking, his story is one that can inspire just about anyone too. He just happens to be a Professor at Cambridge... England that is. His web site address is... http://www.hawking.org.uk/, and you can read about the ups and downs he has experienced.
What brings this to mind is an email I got from a friend. If you follow the link and watch the video all the way through, anytime you think you have it bad, all you will need to do is recall this fellow and I think you'll agree that feeling sorry for yourself is OK now and then, but how you finish is what really counts...