Rabbi Simcha Zissel of Kelm wrote: "When you find yourself in a difficult situation, the first thought you should focus on is that the situation is a test and challenge."
A person who was once very ill and recovered can appreciate his health more than if he had never been ill. A person who once suffered from poverty appreciates having sufficient money more than if he had never been poor.
(Chochmah Umussar, vol. 2, p.158; Rabbi Pliskin's Gateway to Happiness p. 244)
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