I'm not saying this is easy. Far from it.
When Things Fall Apart Heart Advice for Difficult Times
But it's possible. If you can surrender to what is happening.
A year ago, I was at an event when this man I had never met before overheard me telling the "story" of what had just happened to me. I couldn't get through the story without crying. He said, "I've been listening to your story and I'm not trying to diminish the pain that you're feeling but I'm wondering if I can tell you a different story. The one that is actually true.
In his story, I wasn't a victim. In his version of the story, the person who had hurt me was actually my greatest teacher. The way he saw it, I was incredibly lucky that this person had showed me who he truly was, and freed me up to live the life I was meant to live.
In his version of my story, I wasn't "not enough" as I had been telling myself and anyone who would listen. I was "more than enough I had been given an opportunity to show compassion and forgiveness towards someone who had hurt me.
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Wasn't that a gift, he asked? At first I found this version of the story a hard one to swallow and certainly a hard one to tell. And I didn't have to stretch myself by having actual compassion for the person who had treated me with such dishonor and disrespect. But as the months went one, more and more people I spoke with saw the same story as this man.
Just when I was in another fit of pity and anger, they would say to me, "Look at all the amazing things you are doing with your life now! You wouldn't be doing any of these things if this hadn't happened to you. Heures d'ouverture.
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