My last post where I said tough times are “lesson-rich” may have come across as glib. It wasn’t meant to be. While I believe challenging times are indeed lesson-rich and hold gifts for us, there are quite frankly some gifts I would have loved to return.
In recent years my Beloved lost her thyroid to cancer, went through a breast cancer scare shortly afterwards, our daughter was diagnosed with an “incurable” disease that nearly killed her and put her in intensive care for weeks and the hospital for over a month requiring many blood transfusions and for much of that time we didn’t know whether she was going to live or die, and an 18 year old business that I’d founded and ran died.
I share these “lesson-rich” gifts with you to show that when I use those words I truly understand how much pain, fear, despair, grief, etc, can accompany them—or at least I know how much my family and I experienced them.
As each of those challenges were happening I’d have gladly returned those “lesson-rich gifts” or exchanged them for an end of the pain, fear, despair, and grief.
But as my family and I survived each of these difficulties, we grew stronger, more confident that we can face whatever life throws at (err, I mean “offers to”) us. We are better people for having gone through such times.
And I’d be perfectly happy not receiving any more such lesson-rich gifts for a long, long time.