Yesterday, I met a girl who had broken both her legs in a skiing accident. She had spent five months in a wheelchair and now, a year later, was fully recuperated.
"I know this is a little deep, but how did the experience change you?" I asked.
"Well, first, I went through a deep depression. I felt sorry for myself. Kept asking, 'why me'? But now, I'm just so thankful that I can walk. I can even wear heels!" She smiled and waggled a boot at me.
She looked away and got quiet for a moment. Then she looked back at me.
"I realized that it's really important to be grateful. The whole experience made me a better person. And as awful as it was, I'm really glad it happened."
What tough experience has made you a better person?
3 years ago