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Praise our sufferings both externally and internally, for they made us who we are.

— Shing Araya

Bless thy sufferings,
because of it,

I have known sacrifice.

thank thy pain

for it taught me how to move on.

Bless thy lies,
for it showed me the truth.
thank thy curses,
for it made me realize
that words are sharper than knives.

Bless thy broken hearts
for without it,
I'll never appreciate genuine love.
thank thy break-ups,
for I have known myself.

Bless thy tears,
for it built my strength.
thank thy bruises, cuts, and scars,
for it challenged
my emotions and capabilities.

Bless thy rain,
for it showered all living things,
quenched the thirst,
cleaned the mess,
and washed away the past.

Bless those who left,
for without them
I'll never be strong.
thank you for showing me,
that I am best on my own.

Bless those who broke,
the trust and
thrown away the relationship.
thank you for teaching me
how to ride along with life solo.

© 2019 Shing Araya


Shing Araya (author) from Cebu, Philippines on September 04, 2019:

Thanks everyone for very kind words. I wish you all the blessings of the world! May your families enjoy good wealth and health.

Shing Araya (author) from Cebu, Philippines on September 04, 2019:

It is as beautiful as you. Thanks, Dora

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on September 03, 2019:

Beautiful message of gain in the midst of loss. I love the winning mentality.

Hilary Hsieh from Georgia on September 02, 2019:

Very well written!

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on September 02, 2019:

Bless you, my dear lady! You are really a Sunshine for this world! I am happy to know you! So young, though so wise! Thank you for this gem.

Peace on you!


Shing Araya (author) from Cebu, Philippines on September 02, 2019:

Thanks a lot, Liz

Shing Araya (author) from Cebu, Philippines on September 02, 2019:

We all have that courage and strength, Lorna

Liz Westwood from UK on September 02, 2019:

You have conveyed a lot of meaning through your careful and considered choice of words in this great poem. It brings positivity out of negativity.

Lorna Lamon on September 02, 2019:

There is so much strength and courage in this wonderful poem. Loved it.

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