There is a gift in our pain.
That might sound strange (or insensitive) for me to say, especially if you’re dealing with something really painful in your life right now.
What is the “gift” in going through a divorce, dealing with a bully boss, or struggling to make ends meet financially? That doesn’t even begin to mention the impossibility of finding a “gift” in developing a life-altering medical condition, having a child die, or being the victim of sexual assault.
To be very clear, I am in no way saying that those events are a gift. They’re not, and it would be insulting for anyone to say otherwise.
What I am saying is that after an intensely painful event, many people do uncover a special gift that they might have been unaware of before:
The awareness of how strong they truly are. [Read more…]