Jobs are lost. Boyfriends break up with you. Unwanted pounds creep up on you. Schools turn you down for admission. Bosses overlook you for promotions. Loan companies do not forget your phone number (no matter how much you try to avoid them). Bills pile up. Friends get married and forget about you. Diseases occur. Death snatches people away too soon…
But in the midst of these terrible moments, we have to remember that everything – the good, the bad, and the ugly – occur to benefit us. These things occur to make us better than we were yesterday.
How can we know what a good relationship is if we’ve never been in a bad one? How can we know when we are happy if we have never been sad? How can we know a true friend if we never had phony ones? And how can we appreciate money if we’ve never been broke?
We’re only as great as our struggles command us to be. Oprah Winfrey’s struggles is what has made her one of the most influential figures in the world. She’s made a living by her ability to connect with other people. She may not have cultivated this quality if she did not endure some painful experiences in her early life and adulthood. Those struggles made her uniquely compassionate and successful.
This article entitled, The Best Part Of Life Is Realizing Why It’s Better That Things Did Not Work Out, inspired me. Life has not turned out the way I would have liked, but this article encouraged me. It reassured me that things fall apart so that better things can fall together.