How quickly life can bring me to my knees.  Yet I survive.  Pushed into recovery by painful experiences, I discover that I have choices.  I no longer respond in a knee-jerk reaction by doing anything that will cover the pain.  Instead I go deeper and find God.  I allow myself to move through resentments, sorrow, anger, envy, quilt, greed, gluttony, and pride.  Wading through these dark, muddy emotions until at last I find solid ground.  I find a Higher Power.  Another lesson learned; another opportunity to deepen my faith in a God of my understanding and from this place I have the ability to make rational choices.  I can choose to looks at these life situations from a place of despair or I can choose to look at them as an opportunity to learn and grow.  The challenge then becomes a gift.