1. one of the rings or separate pieces of which a chain is composed. 2. anything serving to connect one part or thing with another; a bond or tie.
we are all bound to someone, in some way or another, at some time, to another person.
we are linked.
what you choose to do with that link can effect the course of your life. some links are healthy. some links are toxic.
i have been linked to both, as have many of us. i know others who have had negative partnerships, whether it be co-workers, friends, marriage, or (the worst of all in my opinion) family.
how we choose to deal with the toxic links can frame our perspectives; it can shape our personalities and views on life in general.
everyone's story is different. how we choose to interpret the experience can significantly direct the course of our lives.
i've been through a lot in my 30 years. some healthy links, some toxic. some healthy, but at times toxic. at one point, it would have been very easy to stop caring, to stop living, to give up on life, and true happiness.
when i think about my own "links," the chain of events that brings me to my present, i cannot help but shake my head in amazement.
what a wonderful place to be now.
was it easy, pain-free, or stress-free to get here? nope. would i trade it for the easy road, even not knowing what that is or could be? not a chance.
here's what i know: life is what you make of it. it's not always easy. it's not always fun. you don't always understand why it happens the way it does. but, having experienced all of the "links" in my past, i am where i am today.
and for that, i cannot help but be grateful, feel blessed, and smile.