A recent post discussed difficult times. In the comments section of that post some comments were made something to the effect that difficult times can make someone better and more kind. I agree. Below is part of a reply I made to a dear reader and friend:
Some of the kindest, most giving, and empathic people I know have experienced some pretty awful things in their lives. Then again, some people who do some terrible things also appear to have experienced many terrible things in their own live. So to a large extent, I believe it is a choice–like so many other choices we have each day, but one that often comes with much larger consequences.
Some will use their experiences as a way to help others, and some will use them as an excuse to hurt them. But many who head down the latter path can change their choices with the faith, love, hope, coaching, and kindness of others, often especially those who have walked such paths before them and know where they lead unless a different way is chosen in time.
This post is dedicated to everyone who has survived terrible times and chosen to make a positive difference in the world. Thank you!