When life changes, sometimes things aren’t easy. I should know. My life has been full of twists, turns, and hard times. No one likes hard times. It’s stressful, overwhelming, and just plain difficult. So why would anyone be thankful for the hard times of life?
One of the best things about fall is the celebration and remembrance to be grateful for what we have. Both here in Canada, and in the United States, we celebrate designated days of Thanksgiving. So when Michelle asked for contributors to her Thankful for.. series, I wanted to be a part of that.
I thought long and hard about what I was thankful for.
The usual things of course — my family, my children, my freedoms and my health — were on the list. But looking back over the last year, and then even back over the last decade, I realized that I was truly grateful for all my experiences, both the good and the bad.
The hard times of life aren’t pleasant. No one wants to go through hard times. And when we do go through hard times, we eagerly look forward to when they’ll be over, and life will get easier.
But I like me more under the pressure of hard times.
I’ve found that I’ve grown more, learned more, accomplished more when life is harder. And I like who I am more, under pressure. That pressure refines me. Because it takes heat and pressure to make jewels out of dirt, to turn coal into diamonds.
It takes heat and pressure to turn coal into diamonds.
So, for Michelle Huddleston’s series “Thankful for…“, I shared just why I was thankful for the hard times. It’s personal, it’s meaningful, and hopefully, you’ll find it helpful.
Read more at Thankful for the Hard Times on With the Huddlestons.
What are you most thankful for?
For more on being thankful, check out Saying Thank You!