Some experiences bring pain.
Pain brings many things. It can bring more pain, infection, scars, even death.
But even if it brings scars, it can bring healing, new, life.
The difference in how it affects us is how we take the pain, what we do with it. Do we use it as a shield, and excuse, a hiding place to keep our self away from others?
Do we use it as a weapon to drive others away, to beat down the thing or person we feel caused the pain?
Do we use it as a door to take us into another place, on another leg of our journey, to learn new experiences? To open our self to hope and truth and life?
What and how we choose affects not only us, but those around us.