Often we are placed in a situation for which we are not prepared. I found myself in that reality with no contingency plan in place. Not only did I lack the coping skills to handle it, but I also resented the fact that it did not fit into the perfect little world that I had envisioned. Little did I fully appreciate it at the time, but the most valued treasures are those that are obtained through great struggle. It is by the struggles I endured and the effort I put forth that I gained the wisdom to sift the chaff from the wheat.