There is so much that life has to offer. There is a terribly intricate balance between joy and pain, relief and struggle, laughter and tears, life and death. The struggle to live can be overwhelming. Living with grief, heartbreak, depression, sickness etc. creates this black hole that people can and do sink into on occasion. But these things that cause despair are counteracted by unbridled love, optimism, and beauty. We struggle everyday to live with purpose, to actively appreciate the act of living. It is not a simple thing, and yet it is really the simplest thing of all. We create the demands and the struggles in our lives, but we also create the joy, appreciation, and love. The next time you feel down, look within yourself and recognize the great power you have to choose happiness in your life.