The experiences in your life that feel the worst, in the end shape your character. But they don’t feel like it at the time.
Gen Hap Arnold (then a Major) testified to Billy Mitchell’s character at his court martial. As a reward, Arnold was “professionally exiled” to Fort Riley to serve in a dead-end job. This dead-end job propelled him to the 5 stars he’d eventually wear.
What awful experiences can you look back on and say were actually good for you?
Here are a couple of mine:
I was 6, our television broke and my dad didn’t replace it until I was 17. (Awful for a kid! Taught me to read books and go outside.)
I was 20 and received an Article 15/demotion. (Awful! Taught me how to focus on what was important.)
What about you? Feel free to send me your awful experience…and what you learned.