Forty Years of Practice: Finding Purpose in Pain

Forty Years of Practice Summary

Divorce, ADHD, cancer, knee replacement, depression, rock bottom—just one of these words would make some people run for the hills, hair on fire, making deals with the devil to make the pain go away. Two of these words may leave people contemplating their place on earth, asking, “Why is God doing this to me?” Tezlyn Reardon looked each of these words square in the eyes and came out the victor, but it wasn't easy and it wasn't without hesitation and fear. She also didn't do it alone, even if it wasn't obvious at the time.

We all go through seasons in our life and each at different intervals and intensities. Life is less about what happens to you and more about how you choose to react. There is significance in everything that happens to us. There is significance in every person we interact with, even if only for a brief time.

If you react with disappointment or anger when someone hurts you, then you will continue to feel that anger build up inside of you until you can't hold it any longer and take it out on others. If you react with forgiveness, compassion, and understanding that people are going to let you down, that they are not put on this earth to make you happy, then you will feel at peace, able to move on in a better state of mind.

No one will go through the exact same peaks and valleys, and it may take a few extra peaks and valleys to get the message through, but Reardon shares how she is still here, still alive, and still thriving, with the scars to prove it.

--Tezlyn Reardon

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