My life has made me what I am. It hasn’t been easy, sometimes I have found it almost unbearable but suffering can be transmuted into strength — as a rod is tempered by passing through a furnace — and all my hard work, all my anxieties and failures and disappointments have made me what I am. When the rod is tempered it has to be polished and made fit for service…everything that happens as one goes through life helps to polish the rod.
Anne, in D.E. Stevenson’s _Mrs. Tim Flies Home_