Forged in the Fire
I love this quote, so I thought I would share it here.
Sometimes the most painful things that can happen to us, refine us into the person we need to be. That being said, it all depends how we take the experience and walk through it and who we become on the other side.
We can burn up and be scarred forever, or we can look at that moment as a gift, as painful as this may seem, from the ashes can grow our greatest stories and a transformed gift we get to give back to the world.
How will your stories be remembered?
If you would like to share in the comments box below, please do!
If you do share, please share the treasure you found, if you haven’t found that gift yet, then dig deeper.
Maybe the treasure you find could be someone’s sunshine in their dark winter.
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Often our darkest moments push us forward into something good. My story in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Possible is about a dark time like that. My fiance and I were going to move aboard a sailboat and cruise full time. Then I found out he was leading a double life. More than just the heartbreak of a disastrous relationship, I lost my life plan because I could not sail the boat alone. After a brief pity party, I came up with a plan and moved on to something better.
You are so right, our darkest moments can push us in a direction that we never expected. In the end it can can sometimes blossom into a beautiful journey or at least a deep learning. Then we get to decide how we will use this gift, sometimes in quite unexpected ways!
Thanks so much for sharing Janet!
First, I’d like to say your website is beautiful! I found you through the WD Platform Challenge, and I am so glad I did! As for your question, I won’t bog you down with details, but the last few years of my life I have been forced to learn patience, humility, and to never take my loved ones for granted. My faith has become stronger than ever, and my writing has developed to a point I never thought I’d reach. Thank you for sharing the quote from Mary Oliver, because I had never thought of the “box full of darkness” that was given to me as a gift before. But it truly is. 🙂 (And–because Robert told us to do this–my blog can be found at jenniferpruiettselby.wordpress.com)
Thank you so much for sharing Jennifer and for your lovely comments about the website! Yes, often times in our darkest moments and journeys that is where our faith is refined!
A beautiful blog post! That quote caught my eye on your Tweet on #platchal. I too have been handed the box of darkness and on the other side have found it was actually a gift from God. I am so much better for having worked my way through it. I have been encouraged by remembering that a rose is gray at midnight and night’s darkest hour is just before dawn. My blog, “Nuggets of Faith,” can be found at http://annaleeconti.blogspot.com/
AnnaLee, it is so true, I too have walked through many dark times, it really did take me years to see these times as a gift. Thank you for sharing the imagery of the rose, it is so powerful. I’ll come by and visit your blog, when I get a chance!
I couldn’t agree more with this quote. During the darkest moment of my life, I was the antagonist in my story. My actions still haunt me to this day, but I know that I’m not a bad person despite my actions. My goal each day is to be a better person than I was the day before. The good news is, because I’m haunted on some level by what I did, odds are excellent I’ll never do it again.
Wow Allison that is so refreshing to hear, there are so many people who are the root cause of many of their own problems, never mind the heartache that they cause others. Yet they spend their lives blaming others and never taking responsibility for their own actions. Go you, for recognizing who was really at fault, turning it around and making the effort to be a better person everyday!
Thanks for sharing!