When I say I am grateful for the people in my life, whose actions, although painful, have taught me much, I am not condoning their cruelty. That would be as ridiculous as appreciating cancer for taking a life, or failed brakes for causing a car accident.
Life gives us experiences. Some of those experiences are incredibly painful and they force us to dig deep to discover strengths and abilities we probably never knew we had. Sometimes those experiences force us down a completely different path that eventually opens us up to wonderful people and other experiences. My being grateful, is for the experience itself. I am grateful that I dug deep and found strength and that I took what was meant to destroy me and used it to move me forward without surrendering my heart or my integrity. I am grateful for the healing and what it taught me. Continue reading