Character is what is built when we are faced with trials.
Beauty is what we appreciate when we emerge from those trials.
Those that have the greatest scars are the ones that appreciate life the most. But only if they don’t allow themselves to grow bitter in the process.
After hardship comes ease, provided we don’t hold on to past hurts and betrayals.
When we demand justice or retribution without understanding, we exchange places with those who oppressed us.
That’s how we grow to be like the one who hurt us, because we become defined by the hurt in the same way that their hurt drove them to hurt us.
The cycle is broken only when we seek to understand why, so that acceptance is possible, and forgiveness is sincere and not burdensome.
Otherwise, forgiveness becomes an indulgence of our ego, rather than a true effort towards moving forward with peace in our heart.
Break the cycle.
Seek to understand.
First your own pain.
Then only will you grow to understand the pain of others.
It always starts with you.
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