"Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed." ~Booker T. Washington (found at inspirational-quotes.info/success-quotes.html) I think this is so true. What we face in life can shape us unto into the people we are supposed to be, even when we can't see it at the time. It can be so hard to see a good outcome. I've experienced things that I thought would absolutely ruin me, and they may have changed me for the worse temporarily, but not permanently.