We have all had great and thrilling moments, and difficult and dark times. We have all felt blessed and cursed. In the beatitudes, Jesus says the poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, those who hunger after righteousness, and others who are struggling are really the ‘blessed’. This seems to contradict all of the ways we think about hard times. Jesus always has a different insight into our circumstances and if we can understand what ‘blessed’ really means, we will be able to bring this to our circumstances to help us and possibly even get past the hard times more quickly.