Hard times can facilitate hard lessons. Lessons that become more permanent – and painful – than everyday lessons. It doesn’t always happen, but there are times, if we pay attention, when it’s possible to find small windows or hidden paths that do more than provide a passing glance at truth. If we’re fortunate, they accompany scars and become part of a life legacy; other times they sear the mind or pierce the heart, teaching us what no teacher can.
When you find yourself here, slow down, breathe, and check to be sure you’re not missing something that would add you to the ranks of better men. Pain holds in itself a unique opportunity. Learn from it.