It sounds strange at first, correct? How could the times that we felt the most pain and anguish be the times we are most thankful for?
We all have inner turmoil that has shaped our lives and inspired us in many ways. The key is to learn the lessons from these challenges, and use them as a gift to give others.
I have had some challenges that been able to help me grow both personally and professionally.
I am thankful for the fact that my massive skin grafting surgery at age 13 was unsuccessful. That experience prepared me to better understand pain, the stares that other give when you look different and anxiety.
I am thankful for the fact that I experienced the complex grief of the loss of my aunt and father. I better understand feeling “paralyzed by death”.
Most of all, I am thankful that I have not had as many hard times as others.
The next time you struggle with a hard time, always remember that there is a lesson to be learned and to be thankful for,