People let you down. They misunderstand, underestimate and hurt you with their low opinion. They ought to know you better, but don’t. They ought to see your capabilities but don’t. With their thoughtless words and insensitive reactions they show clearly that to them you are worth very little.
Without intending to, they compel you to break through barriers you thought were impregnable.The pain of their low opinion is far deeper than the pain of smashing through the ceiling you thought was indestructible. You break through; you smash; you stand in brilliant sunshine once again.
To such people, are you grateful? Perhaps they shouldn’t have said the things they did. Perhaps there was a better way to get you back into the sunshine. Perhaps their purpose was never lofty at all. They kicked you when you were down because they knew they could- and get way with it. What of it?
They still did you an incomparable service. Have you let your pain insulated you from the warmth of the sun on your shoulders? That’s not going to help you. It is not possible for blessings and grace to find your home if you shroud yourself in bitterness.
Look instead to where your feet are at this moment. Notice the brilliance of the sun; dance with the motes as they whirl to the music of the cosmos. Tell them, those who gave you pain, that you are grateful to them for saying the words they said; for those words have changed your life. Perhaps that was their purpose in your life, who knows?
Tell them you are grateful right now, don’t wait for tomorrow.
You have a bundle of happiness on command; call it forth.