The world gives us things. Maybe these things come from God, from a benevolent universe or they are random happenings from an indifferent reality. I don't think it makes any difference, instead what matters is what we do with what we receive.
One person loses their job and spirals down into a life of depression and failure and the other person who also loses their job starts a business and makes their life a success. The difference isn't what happened to these two people, the real issue is how they respond to it.
The same goes for lottery winners. Most people who win or a given a large amount of money often end poor again very quickly, having wasted the money. Even something that might seem good could ruin a life.
Whatever happens to us we need to treat like a gift.
As a simple exercise why not list 5 to 10 bad things that have happened to you in the last few months or year. Then try to think about how they can be seen as a gift.
Examples from some friends
Made redundant = Chance to study and up skill for a better job
Had a horror holiday where everything went wrong = great stories to tell
It started to rain while we were out = Sat in a coffee shop, drank coffee and ate cake
Everything can be seen a gift. Every problem, loss or hardship is also an opportunity. Maybe the universe is giving us wonderful things and we don't even realise it, or maybe it is just blind chance, whatever the reason we can still treat everything as a gift.
Well I for one will never believe they are just random occurrences... but I can't tell you how many times something that has seemed bad has happened and it has turned out to be the best thing that could have happened.
Even this entire Hub, My Inspired Life, came about because I thought I had been rejected as a writer for another hub (email went to spam folder). I was devastated because I really wanted to write for them... but instead of feeling sorry for myself, I just started my own Hub, which is now incredibly successful (and no doubt helping many people).
That's just one example of countless times, the bad things turned out to be the best thing.