“As a child, I didn’t know what I didn’t have. I’m thankful for the challenges early on in my life because now I have a perspective on the world and kind of know what’s important.” America Ferrera
The world you’re raised in as a child impacts who you are as an adult. Parents can do a good job of helping their kids to understand and succeed despite the situations they face as a family. Parents can also essentially poison their children’s minds with thoughts and words of failure, poverty and hate. Some kids will have people who come along side them, like teachers or people of a local church, who help them find freedom from the life where they were raised. Others won’t have any help in life and will be left to their own devices. The many factors involved are responsible for kids being successful in their lives or being failures.
For the children and people who are able to find America Ferrera’s perspective and apply it to their lives, they’re able to not only find success for themselves, but find kernels of truth and wisdom in their past. Some people are not only able to move on from the past, but apply forgiveness and thankfulness to the situations and people.
Life is full of lessons, it’s up to us to decide how to apply those lessons. Yes, some people and lessons are better off left in the past, but other lessons and people can teach us about ourselves and our future if we’re willing to take the time to work through the challenges.
What about you? What challenges are you thankful for? What challenges can you help your kids be thankful for?