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The 5 Blessings Of A Difficult Childhood

You may have seen in my last post about how a traumatic and/or chaotic childhood affects us in our lives. While having a difficult childhood is not something anyone would want and those of us who have been through it would never wish it upon another, there are some incredibly positive results that shine through.

1. You are strong

The old phrase, "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" is certainly true here. When you've been through incredibly hard times, most people's "hard times" sounds like a breeze to you. You've already been through worse, come through it, and are still here. You're a survivor.

2. You are resilient

When bad things do happen, you're able to quickly recover from negative situations and are often able to recognize them for what they are very quickly, effectively reducing their overall impact. You are also quick and creative with amazing solutions to any problems that head your way.

3. You are loving

Because you know what it's like to feel unloved, you...

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Love and Forgiveness

It's two days past Thanksgiving as I sit here at my desk and type this out and I'm feeling especially grateful for the relationship I have with my father. Now, you might read that and think I'm one of those "daddy's girls" who had that perfect protector, that wonderful man who shows you who a man should be, and sets the bar high for the man who will one day become your husband. In my case though... that sentiment could not be further from the truth.

My father never wanted children but finally relented to my mother's incessant begging. I was the first one born to them. One of the earliest memories I have of my father was waking up in the backseat of the neighbor's car, seeing my dad in the front passenger seat and hearing him tell me that he was taking me away from my mother and that we would go back in a week or so to get my little brother. I was 5 and had just been kidnapped in the middle of the night after my mother had filed for divorce.

There was a very nasty custody battle...

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