Note: Please read the last paragraph if you are struggling with the shame of a broken past. It is very important and changed my life! I understand it is not the case with every circumstance or event, but it can possibly change your perspective and help your hurt and that would mean the world to me!
Today you offered me a new perspective. I sought answers to soothe the agony in my heart over a dysfunctional childhood, and you revealed to me the truth: if I were to view my past from a perspective other than my own and understand multiple aspects, then I would discover my past was not nearly as heart-wrenching as I had originally thought.
I do not deny the pain developed from years of abuse, but I now understand that there was more to my childhood than I originally thought. For example, I imagined rejection where there was none. I over-exaggerated a multitude of circumstances and I was oblivious of circumstances and perspectives other than that which directly interacted with me.
This is my recommendation to anyone struggling with the pain of their past: seek God through prayer that he might direct you to one who could reveal their own thoughts about your past. I finally sought my mother for answers and realized truths I was previously unaware of. Please, please take my advice after some prayer. I have never felt less confused and more free.