I consider myself a pretty grateful person. I'm the type that walks outside in the morning on my way to work and looks up at the sky to admire its blue. I bow my head in grace over virtually every meal, no matter how small. And I tend to live in a constant state of awareness of my good fortune.
But, I am hardly the eternal optimist -- you know, those folks who rummage through a crappy situation and announce to the rest of us the existence of a sliver of a silver lining. I prefer to analyze the scene before I take a position on how one might or should feel about it. That doesn't mean I look for the negative or that I am a negative person. It means I try not to avoid the negative. It's a part of the story. Context is everything.