It's no secret that some of the most important lessons are learned in the hardest ways. It sucks, but it's true and usually totally necessary. There can only be so many gentle nudges without effect until all we need is a punch in the face. Not literally. Especially working with children, I see daily how very much we are like children on their bad days when they don't get their way: Greedy, impatient, whiney, selfish, small-minded (I really do love kids, I promise). But many times they don't understand why they can't have something they want or why they are being reprimanded. Like a child being scolded for sneaking a cookie, we must also face consequences for the wrong choices we make, because it is good for us. Unpleasant, yes. But we need it.
Why is it we cannot realize how much we have been blessed with until we see the hardships others face? Why is it such a struggle to be content with what we already have? I had a very illuminating conversation with my beautiful mom today. I love her.