I believe that when people go through awful experiences–especially situations where other folks hurt us–we have a choice.
We can choose to let what we went through become an excuse to close our heart in an attempt to protect ourselves from future pain, or we can open our heart to help others who are in pain.
I believe the decision is sometimes consciously made, but often not.
I found that closing my heart only created more pain–for myself and others.
Closing my heart protected my wounds, but opening my heart healed them.
The only logical choice for me was to find the will and courage to open my heart and help others.
While that decision sometimes also led to additional pain, it was the path that brought much greater, lasting joy into my life. It was one of the best decisions I ever made.
Fortunately, we all have the opportunity to choose that path every day.