We tend to think that this life down here is all there is. What we can touch and smell and hear and experience down here on earth is what we focus on. Gravity pulls us down. James says, the first thing we need to do when we are experiencing hardship is to remember that there is more to life than what we can experience with our five senses. When you are having one of those days where your patience is being tested, practice looking upward. You may not see a purpose in what is going on, but one thing you can know for sure is that if you respond well you will mature. If you don’t, you won’t. It's as simple as that. That is your choice and your choice alone. You don’t have control over many of your circumstances, but you do have a choice in how you respond to them.