All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming. [Helen Keller]
There's an African proverb that states, without the darkness of the valleys, we would never appreciate the view from the mountaintops. It's natural for us to push suffering away, to deny it space in our life. But it's the suffering that is the canvas on which we paint our greatest masterpiece—the beauty that comes from not surrendering, from transforming a life of merely surviving into one of thriving.