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Refiner’s Fire — How Another’s Trial Makes a Man

Refiner's Fire

I am a man. I am a strong man, an honest man, a man of virtue and integrity. I am not bragging here, merely stating things that have been proven and shown to me through hardship and difficulty. I have passed through a refiner’s fire and come forth a sharpened blade of the best steel.
My rite of passage has been my wife’s poor health. There has been no council of men, supreme ruler, Jedi Master, or anything of the sort to congratulate me and present to me a sword that I can wear in public now. I don’t have a uniform or a badge, I don’t even get a sash. Nobody has informed me that I have passed through this trial and come out triumphant at the end; nobody needed to.