These times when I was not at my best led to many of the lessons I have learned throughout my life.
A lesson is defined as “something learned through experience.”
This could be something painful that we have all done, like learning the hard way that you shouldn’t touch a hot stove. Or it can be something embarrassing (that maybe only I have done), like learning that you shouldn’t force a girl try a wheatgrass shot on a first date.
The times that we are forced to learn lessons aren’t our finest moments but they are among the moments that will make us our finest.
Helen Keller put it best when she said, “Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.”
The lessons that I learn always feel tough at the time, and sometimes I get burned (literally & figuratively), but I wouldn’t trade them for anything easier.
That is why, today, I am thankful for lessons.