It struck me this morning that a good life is a mental creation. A bad life is also a mental creation. Life gives us a jumbled mass of experiences and then we choose to see the parts as blessings or irritations.
As JonathaHaidt observed: Events in the world affect us only through our interpretations of them, so if we can control our interpretations, we can control our world.
This is surprisingly similar to God’s work. He takes a jumbled up mess of kids and makes us glorious by seeing and treating us that way.
I have long used the phrase, “it is what it is.” You’re right, a more correct statement would be, “it is what I perceive it to be.” But since my perceptions are wrong much of the time, I’m not too comfortable with that. The other day my wife asked me to abandon “it is what it is” in favor of, “come what may and love it.” That’s from Elder Wirthlin’s talk in conference. I like it and think it conforms to what you’re saying here.