This one is a real struggle for me when I think about what I call “the rebound from hell.” I suppose I’m still forgiving myself for this. How did that mistake make me who I am? Without that mistake, perhaps I would not value what I have today as much. It made me more compassionate for people who stay in unhealthy relationships. It makes me more thankful for the infinitely healthier relationship I have now. It helps me work on accepting the past and ultimately, forgiveness. I wrap my arms around that confused, hurting woman I was 16 years ago, knowing that God forgives me. Thank you, dear Natalie, for the opportunity to process this a little further…..