If you’re in a career rut or keep pounding the pavement, you’re not alone. And although Thanksgiving usually marks the time of year to count your blessings, maybe this period of time is a blessing in disguise as well.

(And yes, in case you’re wondering, your friends at MJD are going to get sappy on you so don’t say we didn’t warn you…)

In fact, Kristina Leonardi, NYC-based career/lifestyle coach, points out in her weekly blog post to “thank the turkeys.”

She writes, “Why not also be grateful for the funky, not-so-positive, annoying and pain-in-the-you-know-where stuff as well: The people, things and situations that challenge us, push our buttons or make us feel uncomfortable.”

If you have a difficult boss or commute or you’re bouncing back from job loss, things may be rough but they’re certainly testing your resiliency. They’re making you stronger. They’re forcing you to grow and rise to the occasion.

She adds:

“Our crises and difficulties are chances for us to test our mettle, see what we’re made of, and to become stronger and wiser for it. They are occasions for us to make course corrections, adjustments, tune-ups and put ourselves back in balance or on track, or perhaps a different, better track.  If things went great all the time you wouldn’t have to dig deep, really look at yourself, search within for answers, find new creative ways of doing things.Innovation is problem solving at its most basic level…”

Convinced yet? As you dig deep to see how career challenges and certain setbacks may be preparing you for what’s to come, she reminds us to take a step back to listen to what lessons need to be learned: ”Remember those carbon atoms wouldn’t become diamonds without extreme high pressure and heat.”