No one can make you suffer.. believe it or not you can choose your emotions.. we say other people "caused us pain" or "did us wrong" because in our minds we expected them to act one way and the reality did not match our illusion. But know that you cannot control other individuals and when someone does you wrong it really is not about you, it's about them. People are so full of suffering and void of meaning that in their frantic attempt to move past their pain they disregard the emotions of others and cause a vicious cycle of suffering.. that's why forgiveness must be implemented in order to break this cycle.. forgive those that hurt you and move past their shortcomings, because at any given point life can throw you a curve-ball and you can find yourself making the same mistakes you condemned.. No one is inherently perfect or flawed..
I am thankful for all of the blessings I've had this year. I'm thankful for my wonderful friends and amazing family. They have been there unconditionally, putting up with me at my worst and weakest moments... I would be nothing without their love, patience, and understanding.
However, I am also thankful for the people that hurt me, for those that have lied, those that have used me, those that have been absolutely fake, selfish, and inconsiderate.. Yes.. thank you because the pain has made me wiser/stronger.. thanks to you I am one step closer to knowing what I want and the type of person I want to be. Thanks to your egotism and unkindness I now have a vivid example of the types of attributes I should reject. Thanks to your lack of love I have decided to constantly strive to be loving and restrain from causing harm to others.
I am thankful for the good AND the bad, the smiles and the tears, because once you accept life in its entirety you learn to embrace everything while holding on to nothing..