It turns out that the hardest times to be grateful is when it is most important. When things are tough, when it appears that things just keep getting worse, is a lot of times near the moment when things are about to turn around for the better. Sometimes the tough times are a result of circumstances out of our control. Sometimes the tough times are a result of us making mistakes. When we make big mistakes, it sets us up for big positive changes. It's during these times that the biggest opportunities for learning or breakout are present. Being aware of this and taking advantage of these opportunities gives us tremendous power.