Elaine St. James wrote, "There is a self expansive aspect of gratitude. Very possibly it is a little know law of Nature: the more gratitude you have, the more you have to be grateful for." At at time when the economy is reeling, cost of living is sky rocketing, and people are struggling to pay their mortgages, it is hard to think or practice gratitude. This is particularly true for so many single mothers working multiple jobs to put bread on the table. Yet history has repeatedly shown that if there is one common characteristic that binds all survivors and winners, it is this: they see the lessons hidden in their circumstances, learn their lessons, and remain insanely optimistic that no matter how deep and large the hole they are in, they will come out. They believe they have wings that will take them to where they want to be. They live and breathe optimism, and remain eternally grateful. They find grace even where no one else can see grace in their circumstances. Inevitably, they win life’s important battles. Gratitude is a remarkable thing to own.