In life, everyone’s road has some bumps along the way.
Sometimes those bumps make you stumble. Sometimes they seem like mountains you might never get over. Sometimes the bumps send you on a detour you never expected.
This Thankful Thursday I am thankful for those bumps in my road.
I am thankful for the bumps that made me stronger,
the bumps I didn’t think I’d get past,
and the bumps that sent me in a new direction.
Without them, where would I be?
Without each blister on my hands during bars practice, having to soak them in salt water at night so they’d toughen and I could compete in the gymnastics meet the next day; without each rude comment about the thickness of my glasses or the clothes I was wearing… Each of these bumps made me stronger, whether physically, emotionally, or mentally.
Without the disappointment of not landing a teaching job that first year out of college, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to live as a substitute – where I learned so many things that helped me become a better teacher.
Without the betrayal of
a jackass an immature guy who supposedly wanted to spend his life with me, I might never have known how caring and strong a real man could be.
Without the heartache of being turned down numerous times when we were looking for a puppy, we never would have found Fluffybutt – the perfect dog for us.
It is easy to be disappointed when we don’t get what we want in life. Easy to feel angry and hurt when we are wronged. It is easy to see the negatives instead of the positives when we hit those bumps in the road.
But today I am choosing to be thankful for them. After all, each and every bump has brought me to where I am today.
Now I challenge you. What bumps in the road are you thankful for?
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