The beginning and the end of the Noble Eightfold Path is Right View. It is the ground from which we work and it is also the culmination of our work on this path. The path is not linear in any way, but it spirals through iterations of each aspect and weaves through and around them like a braid or ein Zopf, as it is called in German.
The "Right View" (here right is not right or wrong but means something like thorough and profound) is the one that is not conceptualized. It does not create good or bad. It does not state that only under certain circumstances can we appreciate our life. To paraphrase Thich Nhat Hanh, it is the very concept of what we think will make us happy which prevents us from actually touching happiness. If only I had these certain circumstances (x, y and z) THEN I would be truly happy. If only life were this certain way, then happiness would surely come.
Actually, each moment is ripe with so many things we can appreciate: Our breath. Our precious life. Our family and those who are dear to us. The food we are able to enjoy or the bed we are able to sleep in. The beautiful Earth we are able to inhabit and share with other living beings. If we are reading this, we can see! We probably have a computer or smart phone on which we read it. We have enough expendable income to be able to have such a thing.
This is not to say that suffering does not exist. But we do not have to be ruled by it and suffering is certainly objective. The same weather that we do not like, someone else enjoys. The same music to our ears is noise to another. Rather than labeling something as good or bad, we can be open to it and appreciate its qualities. We can have a deep appreciation for all of the highs and lows of life and yet still work to relieve the suffering of others and ourselves by growing compassion in our hearts. This is right view.
Every moment is an opportunity to drop the storyline about how we are a victim or how we could be happier IF ONLY... We can be content and awake and at peace RIGHT NOW. And again now.
All of these qualities are discovered and underline and EXPERIENCED in meditation. Meditation is the place where we ourselves can experience this for ourselves. These teachings are only that - concepts... until we actually try them on ourselves. They are lifeless until we give them a try.
You can use my simple mindfulness meditation podcast recorded here... or there are many great apps or recordings out there to follow, or classes to attend. Today is a great day to start!