There are instances in our life that make us question the existence of humanity and the fairness of it all. People enter into our world, taking it up by a storm and subsequently, flipping it upside down, while leaving us on the ground trying to recover from what seems like a disabled state. Some wounds are deeper than others, yet we know that gripping onto a hot coal can do far more damage to us than them. So, we stitch ourselves up and when we reflect back, we acknowledge a growth transformation we had undergone. Pain toughens our exteriors while also serving as one of the most memorable professors in the classroom of life.
In a recently uncomfortable situation, my good friend sensed the hurt and pain written all over my face, he looked over at me and smiled while giving my hand a tight squeeze. He went onto say, “Look at how far you have come, don’t ever forget that.” The lessons I have learned in the past few years are ones that I will carry with me for a lifetime. Think of every painful experience as that perpetrator adding a brick. Just as a sturdy home demands a strong foundation, ours becomes composed of these bricks. Therefore, today, I write a small letter to those who added the bricks to my “house”.
Thank you. Thank you for the strength and endurance, the wisdom to know better, the courage to forgive, and the patience to embrace the future with a smile. Thank you for your role in the evolution of me…I love myself more today because of you. Just as there needs to be darkness in order to understand light, thank you for the pain so I can appreciate the moments of happiness with a greater sense of gratitude. Because of you, I shall never take anything for granted. Thank you, thank you for the pain.
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. -Melody Beattie