So miserable days have a purpose. They teach us to appreciate the softer, kinder days. We see how our practice impacts our day-to-day living. They teach us to think ahead, to pay attention and to get over ourselves because we will never, ever be perfect. These days teach us mindfulness and force us to simply stay open to the situation, watching it unfold so we can respond in a skillful way. Since they're here to stay, we might as well integrate them into our practice, making our lives somehow juicier.

Geri Larkin, Stumbling Toward Enlightenment