Rumi, 13th century Persian poet and Sufi mystic, once said, "The wound is the place where the Light enters you."
Think about that a bit. Each one of us carries scars from wounds that we've suffered through our years of life. How do you see your scars? As signs of strength? Signs that you've conquered the pain and learned lessons? Signs that you grew stronger and moved forward because of that pain? Or do you see your scars as ongoing pain that still drags you down? Do you still focus on the hurt and pain?
It's a choice. But I do encourage you to see your scars as a path to healing and strength. At each of those points, the Light is able to get in. As my healing touch practitioner told me once, "Don't just let your heart be broken. Let it be broken open." I see a heart broken open as one that's able to let healing in. It's also able to let in more love and let love out more easily, too. And I see each of my wounds and scars as signs of those things in my life that have made me stronger.
Our suffering has the possibility of making us stronger. We can be survivors—even thrivers. Think about it—how do you see your wounds?