Thank-you.

Every life situation leaves you with a lesson to learn and be grateful for. This is a thank-you letter for some individuals over the years who have reminded me that negative situations and people can affect you positively, if you let them.

Thank-you:

For reminding me being related does not make a family. Your actions have shown us all the true meaning of family and we are blessed and grateful to be surrounded by some of the most wonderful people in the world.

Thank-you:

For showing me how lucky I truly am with the people in my life. It is a blessing to have people around me who care about me unconditionally and trust me enough to tell me the truth, even when it’s not what I want to hear.

Thank-you:

For giving me the opportunity to make new and true friendships.

Thank-you:

For the lessons in humility — showing me that without it, our egos are in such desperate need of being right (morally or otherwise) they lash out and attempt to wound.

Thank-you:

For reminding me that a unilateral focus, ignorance and the inability to listen is destructive to it’s core, it’s where fundamentalism is bred.

Thank-you:

For showing me what happens when money corrupts integrity.

Thank-you:

For showing me the strength of character in those closest to me. Something I have always known to be there but I have witnessed people rise above the ugliness attributed to them with an integrity I aspire to each day.

Thank-you:

For displaying so perfectly what happens when a petulant child grows up and has a temper tantrum. You have shown me that maturity and wisdom are gifts we give our children and not all children receive those gifts.

Thank-you:

For showing me who you really are. Once I let go of the anger and the hurt of being deceived — there was nothing left but pity and I do pity you — our last encounters and communications reminded me of how broken you are. I feel nothing but sincere sorrow for you.

Thank-you:

For challenging my own empathy, pushing me to put myself in the shoes of those who hurt me and those closest to me. I am better for it.

Thank-you:

For giving me the certainty beyond a shadow of a doubt that our lives are better without you in it, your actions speak louder than your words and they point directly to your character.

Thank-you:

For challenging me to forgive. Forgiveness does not excuse actions — it allows us to understand and let go. I’ve let you and the negative which surrounds you go and feel lighter and brighter because of it.

Thank-you.

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