Thirst by Mary Oliver

Written by DEKYA
“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift”?
What is the meaning of this oft-quoted passage by Mary Oliver: – As I interpret the passage, baring any other reference, it seems to mean that someone has given their loved one a great deal of pain and personal trauma. Upon reflection, however, the speaker realizes that in learning to deal with the pain they have become a much more enlightened and nuanced person, overall, better off for having had the experience. Such a beautiful yet poignant piece of literature and quote….