I had mentioned some things that I was working on to be sure it had both our awareness and support. My husband said he loved my use of the word tempering and we began talking about the powerfully symbolic nature of that word.
Tempering is a process of making a metal stronger by repeatedly heating it, shaping it, and retooling it. Each time it is reheated and shaped it is in a way wounded. Yet these wounds make it stronger over time.
We too have the ability to use old wounds to make us stronger. I do not mean by using them to block out pain, love, or vulnerability; but rather to heal those wounds and become the person we were meant to be because of it. We have the option to take our wounds and use them to love better, to understand more, and to grow.
I'm grateful for the wonderful conversations with my husband. I'm grateful for this word, tempering. I'm grateful for the process of change that takes old wounds and creates something stronger and more beautiful from them. I'm grateful for the beautiful symbolism in this word. I'm grateful for the tempering my life has shown me and the ways I was able to grow through it. I'm grateful to let love grow stronger.
In what ways have you been tempered in life? What aspects of your self would you like to lovingly mold? What kind of person do you want to be in 2016?
May today bless you with gentle reminders of past tempering. May you find the blessing in each situation. Have a beautiful day!