Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. – Helen Keller
Well, she would know.
The beauty of the truth of how character is developed is that it gives us two amazing gifts.
One: we get to discover that we can things we thought we couldn’t and we learn we’re strong, wiser, kinder and better than we might have thought.
Two: we learn what we don’t want. What we’re unwilling to endure again. What we will chose differently so as to never have to experience again.
One key aspect of character is knowing what you want, what you don’t want and making the choices – difficult or otherwise – to create something else.