I am grateful when I experience pain because of all that it teaches me. At 54 you wouldn’t expect me to be overly naïve but as it turns out I am. I still look for and expect the absolute best in people. It is only when they prove me wrong that I am forced to see the other side. I do try to remember the old saying - Fool me once shame on you – fool me twice shame on me.
Even with that, I have no desire to change who I am or how I view the world. I believe in the inherent goodness in people and that will always be my first thought. If it turns out otherwise I will thank the pain and move on.