Something that Greengirl said reminded me of this quote that I read a long time ago –
I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness and the willingness to remain vulnerable.
– Joseph Addison
If I’ve learned anything the past couple years it’s that you can’t just expect time to heal all wounds. In the area of awareness, I’ve grown up a lot, though I am sure I will always have plenty of room to grow. The hardest, most painful thing to do is to feel hurt and yet continue to be open and vulnerable. I’ve only just begun to crack open the door on this skill. I’m going to have to trust that all the work will pay off in the end. I’m hopeful…