Thanks for all the pain

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Thank you for all the pain

 

Yesterday I wrote about forgiving my best friend, today I would like to give thanks to everyone else who caused me pain because they have all taught me valuable lessons I needed to learn, like it or not.

 

See I give thanks for everything in my life, I tell you every day that I live in a state of gratitude even after all I’ve been through, I still give thanks.

There are so many days that I cry because I am so grateful for all of my life.

 

I would not change one thing in my life, not one.. for everything I’ve been through taught me a lesson and made me who I am today.

 

It’s because of all of these things that I am in this state of gratitude. Its because I lost so many loved ones that I always appreciate and let my loved ones know how much I love them while they are here.

 

It’s because of my drug and alcohol addiction, when I hit rock bottom that I learned to trust God for his help to clean me up.

 

I am grateful to my rapist, for because of him I’ve learned to truly forgive a person.

 

I am grateful for the men in my life that didnt step up because when God gives me the right one I will know a good man.

 

It’s because of Mr. Con Artist that I taught my daughters a lesson of how to not put up with a lying, cheating man.

 

It’s because I was in a verbally abusive marriage for so many years that I know my worth now and I know what I won’t put up with.

 

It’s because of friends who hurt me amd let me down that I’ve learned not everyone is here for the whole ride and who my real friends are.

 

It’s because of my girls that I’ve learned that even your own kids can be cruel to you and yet you still will put down your life for them.

 

Its because of all of my failures that I’ve learned to never give up, to keep getting up no matter how many times life knocks you down.

 

I am grateful to my grandmother for being such  a mean, negative person because I learned I never wanted to be like her.

 

I am grateful for my mom and dads (yes, both, my real and stepfather) for teaching me the value of hardwork and that a girl can do anything a boy can do.

That money doesn’t buy happiness, a lesson I didn’t realize for a long time.

 

Its because of all the pain and hurt I have endured that made me into a strong, determined women.

 

It is because of God that I realized that I am blessed and that I can count on him for my every need, that I  must look for the lessons in my pain, that I must forgive and love, even my enemies no matter how hard it is.

 

That I am grateful for all the pain for I would have never known how blessed I am now, that all of these people and all of these events made me live in this sense of gratitude each and every day because I know where I’ve been and what I’ve been through.

 

I am so glad I am here, wiser, stronger, smarter…able to hopefully help others see that they will get through their tough times, that there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, that you can change and you can do anything you set your mind to!

 

So today my friends, remember not everything that happens to you is bad,  don’t look at it as poor me, why me, don’t look at all of these things and these people that did you wrong. No, look at it as what is the lesson, look at what I do have, look how I am blessed in other areas in my life. Ask yourself how can I change?

Overcome and be better for it.

It’s all up to you either you can say look at all the pain you caused me or you can say thank you for the pain.

 

“Be the change you want to see”

 

“And just when the caterpillar thought his life was over…he turned into a beautiful butterfly”

 

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