Could Be Worse by James Stevenson published in 1977
This is one of the top ten picture books at my house. It's just a silly little story, very short, but captured my children's attention and stirred conversation. A couple of grand-kids complain that things are always the same at grandpa's house. Then one day, grandpa did something different! The title of the book has been a reference point for years. Somehow, the images of grandpa along with the saying, "Could be worse!" has become part of my family's vocabulary.
When things don't go as planned or go our way, it's always healthy to focus on what is right in our life, instead of what is wrong. I think it's important to count our blessings each day. So when things go wrong, and they will, stop and be thankful for something good, remember, "It could be worse."