It’s rather paradoxical. And perhaps can only be done from a detached sense of self awareness.
But it’s an important part of the process.
Life often uses rather unconventional teaching methods to get us to learn what we need to learn. Many of those lessons unfortunately involve a degree of pain, quite often repeated until the lesson is eventually learned.
Like heated steel is reshaped between the anvil and the force of the blacksmith’s hammer, life, too, can heat us and beat us and reshape us through its own hammering process. The people and situations which at times can confusingly hurt us will often reshape us, change us, but if we look deeper we will often see there was a purpose to the pain.
It’s not a pleasant process. Even with a detached sense of self awareness. And usually it’s not something we express gratitude for.
Perhaps we should.
It’s not easy to thank those who’ve hammered us. But that hammering is what has changed us, often against our will, but often for the better.
And for that I’ve learned to be grateful.