Growth begins through pain.
Nobody that’s changed their mindset, perspective, or worldview started that way under clear blue skies.
It happens with dark clouds overhead. It’s probably hailing golf-ball-sized pellets. There is no cover in sight.
We are exposed.
But, like a passing thunderstorm turning to a bright colorful rainbow, when people see us happier and driving our purpose forward they think it’s always been this way.
They don’t realize all of the pain we’ve endured and can’t imagine the struggle.
Because it wasn’t their storm to weather.
But we know what we’ve been through.
And we know, whether we want to admit it or not, that we’d go through it again.
Because we know it’s made us stronger.
It’s made us more resilient.
It’s made us more grateful.
It’s made us more fierce than we’ve ever been before.
It’s through the painfully dark days that bring the bright sunlight.
Now, it’s up to us to share that warmth with the world.