Not everything that happens is good but not everything that happens is bad. I used to think it was all bad but I know now....that's not right.
Life's lessons....they come packaged differently and sometimes what looks horrible can turn out pretty good and sometimes what looks amazing can turn out yuck.
I think maybe the purpose for any of it is to grow...and learn....and move forward in better ways.
I used to think when the bad stuff hit that I needed to guard my heart more....to close it from others to prevent the bad from happening again. Now I think it's better to live with it always open b/c more of the good effects get in than the bad.
Joni Erkison was a teenager when she jumped into a lake near her home and broke her neck. When her sister came to see her at the hospital, she begged her to take a razor blade and cut her wrists. "I won't feel it. Just do it." She told her. Years later her sister said she was tempted to do it but something inside wouldn't let her. She's glad now that she didn't it.
Joni ended up becoming a well known artist. She paints better with her mouth than I can my two hands. She got married and had traveled all over talking with wounded soldiers and the disabled giving them hope.....and showing that even when confined to a chair, life could still be incredibly awesome.
If you're going through a bad time...hang tight. It won't last. It never does. Things change....they really do.