Not just the good…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was somewhere high above the snow. I know it was good though, it had to be!

After a very good conversation last night my brain was lit up. I thought about a few hundred thousand mistakes I have made and set it aside after a few minutes. I then considered a ton of bad things that have happened to me, then set them aside. Then there were the obligatory heartbreaks and headaches, the mishaps and happenings and that too got set aside.

It was a lot. Well, it was more than a lot. It was over the top. Still, in the end I was happy. The reason is quite simple. After all the bad things in my life, I still became me, and in spite of all that is out there, I like me, and I am me, so disliking me would be counterproductive to being me, so I skipped it. Quite literally I am me not just because of the good, but the not so good made me into me as well. The bad probably contributed more than some of the good.

What’s that mean? It means, at least for me, if my life had been easy, I would not be me. If my life had been less horrible in some places, I would be a different person. In the end you cannot shape a sword without getting the blade hot, and then working it. I am pretty sure we cannot be shaped as people by just “good stuff”.

It is something to consider. After all the death, pain, and worse, I came out pretty ok. Perhaps you did as well? Perhaps you are trying so hard to protect others from going through what you did that you failed to realize that what you went through may have made you a better person.

It is something to consider.

So as the sun sets on another day, consider, consider that your hard days may be shaping you into a better person. Consider that life is not all unicorns and roses. Mostly consider that at the end of the day, you are you, and you should like you like I like me, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and enjoy the eve…