There's a proverb that says " A tree is best measured when it's down." It's hard to measure a tree when it's standing up, especially a very tall tree. But chop it down and as it lays there on the ground, measuring it is easy. Come to think of it, it's the same with people. Life is best measured when it's down. When times are hard and life is tough, that's when the true measure of a man (or woman) can be seen! When things are going smoothly it's easy for anyone to have a smile on their face and a skip in their step! If you only took stock of a person's life when everything was going fine, you would get a false measurement. Check them out when life has just dealt them a hardy blow and the world seems upside down; there's where you'll see the real deal! If a person can smile and still find something to be grateful for in the hard times, you can bet that person is of person of true stature!