Our greatest lessons tend to involve learning to love and appreciate "the process."
When we focus on the outcomes - which often don't happen the way we envision them - we are either surprised by the unexpected or disappointed when results fall short of our expectations. The outcome is unreliable, inconsistent and indeterminate.
Instead, when we reflect on the journey, we see evidence of our resilient nature and our multitude of layers.
We can see where we learned, where we shared, where we failed, where we picked up broken pieces, where we sat in darkness, where we basked in glorious light, where we lost and regained confidence, where we gathered in community, where we poured our hearts in brutal honesty, where we triumphed and rediscovered ourselves time and time again.
Talk about range! Life really is an imperfectly perfect journey.
I'm always reminded to not allow the dark times to shatter my optimism because it's all a part of the process. Like Selah Sue sings, "the black parts need to be loved as well."