There is a German idiom, Kopf hoch, auch wenn Ihr Hals schmutzig werden kann, which means, head up even though your neck may be dirty.
My dear friend Trudy shared it with me in a letter when I was struggling with health issues. She also wrote, "It means keep going although life throws you a curve every so often...God is good, he hears prayers and blesses us accordingly. Every day is a blessing from our Heavenly Father and we have to make the best of it when we can and he will help [us] to do just that. Cheers cheers cheers for all that's good in...life."
I wish everyone could have a "Trudy" in their life.
[Photo by Dorthea Lang, "Migrant Mother", [Library of Congress]. It is one of the most famous images to come from the Dust Bowl era in the United States. Walker Evans, another famous photographer, also captured many images from this era]