Don't get me wrong, there are days and moments of being "miserable". I am human after all. My hope and prayer, when the miserable monster comes over me, that I recognize it and nip it in the bud directly before becoming the domino of others feeling miserable too.
You might not realize it but your mood and attitude affects the people you interact with. We have a choice to either motivate others to see grace, mercy, hope, compassion, empathy, love, forgiveness, and the list goes on and on OR we can become overwhelmed with the challenges of life and be the first agent for a miserable day, for ourselves, and those we care the most about.
Do you let life make you miserable or does it motivate you to be a positive catalyst for those around you? There are people who have lost so much yet to see them out in the public, model the opposite of their circumstances.
She fought embarrassment and ridicule because of how her family "looked" while using the welfare checks (before there was the SNAP cards). What those in line after didn't realize, is they were living in small quarters, my friend often wore the same clothes so their kids could have what they needed first, and she worked hard to provide for her family and the hardest thing they ever did was ask for help but out of respect for themselves and their family, they modeled "motivation", not "miserable". Her kids have a great sense of who they are and the many blessings they have because of their parents attitude and humility.
An encouragement to motivate you, your neighbor, friends, and family that there is hope and a light at the end of your tunnel if you are living a similar life. Don't give up or let your current circumstances bring you down, instead use them as the fuel to motivate you to work harder, volunteer more, and be the positive domino of moving forward with faith, grace, mercy, and hope.