What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Perhaps it’s the change in our weather that’s making me feel more than a little philosophical but today my thoughts are centered around the idea that we learn so much more from the things that don’t go right than we ever do from the things that do.
I think it’s the challenges that create the most growth. How we view them, how we react to them, what we take away from them.
I also think that facing challenges builds more compassion for others as well.
And we could all use a little more of that couldn’t we?
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Oh, most definitely Sheryl. I never believed this thought process when I heard it in my earlier years. Years where life was pretty uncomplicated and easy. After I lost my 23 year old daughter, I totally got it. It will be five years next week and we as a family have learned so much from her death and our experiences since that happened. Our hearts are open, compassion is so much bigger. I do believe the challenges are why we are here, the lessons we need to learn.
Thank you for sharing this Lois. I think of your story often and marvel at your strength.
I gulp at Lois’s bravery and strength, and, of course, agree with you both. Your gentle moody image is rich in feeling and delicacy, illustrating your sentiments to perfection.
Thanks Jenny, love hearing from you as well.