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In the midst of deep sorrow, it is often difficult to recognize the inherent opportunity for growth available in the most difficult moments of our lives. Sometimes it's not much solace when I'm really hurting, but I try to keep in mind that many of the circumstances of my life that thave been most painful have also brought profound growth and transformation. Just as an infant must make a painful, seemingly impossible journey through the mother's narrow womb in order to discover the spaciousness of the outside world, we must become intimate with our own suffering to truly know joy and contentment. What may first appear as "the wrath of God" or an act of abandonment by some higher power may actually be the greatest blessing we ever receive...

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