My pride,

I swallowed it…

My dignity,

I questioned it…

The light, the darkness, the calm, the storm…

All of it,

I’m so thankful.

In a way I never imagined I would be.

The sunshine gave me warmth…

The rain offered me strength…

The cold reminded me of how blessed I could be in fair weather…

I thought I could never forgive you…

I thought I would hold your name against you for all time.

Then I saw the gift in knowing you…

In learning from you…

In loving you…

We so easily remember the ones who harm us…

And too often forget the comfort of the ones who heal us…

I focused for so long on the night…

Dreading its every shade…

I couldn’t cherish the day.

But I’m starting over,

I’m choosing differently now.

For all the gifts I’ve been given…

Adversity was the most beautiful.

Posted by:Lauren Kim

🦋 I write my own stories, breathing in life & love by my heart's endless daydreams.

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