“Pain makes you stronger. Fear makes you braver. Heartbreak makes you wiser.” ~Unknown
If rock bottom was a destination, the heartbreak of my childhood had sent me there. Not only was I left mourning the loss of my innocence, but I was living with the fact that I could never truly retrieve it. I’d have to go on, some broken-down version of me anyway.
And that’s how it felt for a long time – just limping along. Surviving.
Eventually, I sought healing. And then forgiveness. After that, I really shifted my focus away from my abuser entirely and tried to turn my life toward gratitude – from the profane to the mundane.
Taking the time to recognize all the little blessings each day offered completely changed my outlook.
If you feel you are struggling to find gratitude in your life, place your hand over your heart. Can you feel its beat? That alone is the most powerful gift you can be grateful for.
I still have moments where I break down, cry, and feel as though I’ve been swallowed in a sea of sadness, anxiety, and stress.
Nevertheless, I have learned to be watchful when these moments start to overwhelm me.
I embrace and grow through each thought or feeling while it is with me, knowing it shall eventually pass.