What the storm is all about

“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure in fact whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm is all about.” ~Haruki Murakami

I’ve had the occasion several times just recently to reflect back on the storms that I’ve been through the last couple of years. It amazes me to look back at all that I’ve weathered and how well I’ve come through those storms.

There were times when I wasn’t sure I would make it, and I definitely wasn’t sure I’d come out of it whole.

And yet, here I am. I’ve survived, I’ve grown, and I’m more whole now than I was before the storm.

The storm may not be over. (It’s always hard to tell.) But I am a better person for having weathered it.

And for that reason, I am grateful for the storm and for those who have helped me through it.

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