Thankfulness is a frame of mind.  Even when “things are not great”, we can choose to view them from a place of gratitude – for the lessons we learn, for it being better than it might have been, for the knowledge that this too shall pass.   To see the good in situations, to find the silver lining in the blackest cloud, is a conscious choice.  Some times are more difficult than others.  But it is always a choice.  For this knowledge, and the strength to embrace it, I am grateful.