Hard times are like strong storms that blow against your body and mind.  And it’s not just that these storms hold you back from places you might otherwise go.  They also tear away from you all but the essential parts of you that cannot be torn, so that afterward you see yourself as you really are in the present, without the needless attachments and crutches you’ve been clinging to.

In a very real sense, you are here to endure these storms, to risk your heart . . . to be bruised by life.  And when it happens that you are hurt, or betrayed, or rejected, let yourself sit quietly with your eyes closed and remember all the good times you had, and all the sweetness you tasted, and everything you learned.  Tell yourself how amazing the journey has been, and then remind yourself that pain is a necessary part of it all.

In all seasons of life, your goal shouldn’t be to seek a perfect and pain-free existence, but to live an imperfect and sometimes painful one in radical amazement.  To get up every morning and take a good look around in a way that takes nothing for granted.  Everything is extraordinary in its own right.  Every day is a gift.  Never treat life casually.  To be spiritual in any way is to be amazed in every way, even when things don’t go YOUR way.

Hard times don’t just break a person, they can also make a person.

From: Marc and Angel

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