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He must c ontinue, appreciating the
achievement of ma king the stage, knowing
that a hero faces setbacks as par for the
course. Or perhaps, he is a hero e ven to have
made it to last place. That way surpasses
most of our athletic performa nc es.
What pain did you face and
overcome to achieve your
“Suffering is part of the divine idea.”
Henry Ward Beecher
How much greater is the re sulting emotiona l
pleasure when you’ve overcome setback s.
Suffering has b een spoken about a s
intrinsic to creation, a fait accompli of the
huma n condition.
Have you ever come across a person who
hasn’t suffered an illness or loss? I’ve had
moments when my body has shut down, or
when I’ve been so depressed I can hardly find
the hope to move. I’ve had moments when
I’ve felt so lost, I can’t even scream.
“The salvation of the world is in
man’s suf fering.”
Who are our greatest teachers?
Those who have suffered and emerged
victorious at the end, or those who have
never suffered at all? There is something
noble in human suffering, even if the cause
is hop ele ss.
“Out of suffering have emerged the
strongest souls; the most massive
characters are seared with scars.”
If we can just hope for one more dawn, one
more chance at another breath, shouldn’t we ?
I’ve got a friend who ha s suffered
intolerable pain for years. He cannot afford
the surgery that would help him. His pain
continues unabated, relentlessly reaching
into the realm beyond anything he could
have imagined he could live through. And
yet, s omehow he sur vives , he c ontinues with
one more breath, he lives on.
Suffering is an enigma , too. Often we
ca nnot remember it when it is gone. We
don’t want to imagine how it felt like.
Suffering is not to b e glorified. We
shouldn’t deny its existenc e and pretend it
will go away if we ignore it. We should talk
about it, share it, a nd let people know that
every night (even the da rkest) has a dawn.
Suffering does end. It always does . Even
if death is its final word.
If you reach out and touch the depths of
your soul, you will find that we are moved
by suffering. S omething changes within us,
our awareness shifts. We hear another’s cry
and are moved to tears because we know
wh at it’s like. We forgive another, show
compassion, empathise .
Suffering will always be there to
remind us what life is about.
Even if you could e scape it, ultimately you
wou ld be missing out on truly experiencing the
fullness of life. Your greatest joy would lack the
sou lf ul immensity of passion that comes when
emerging victorious from suffering.
Suffering is a companion, an enemy,
The fear of suffering may stop you from
ta king risks , rea ching for your hea rt’s desire.
If you knew that suffering was universal,
then perhaps you would act more fe arlessly.
Without suffering, what meaning could
we find in overcoming the odds to achieve
something we’ve a lways dreamed about.
Without darkness, how could there be light
to shine ? Without suffering, would we be
having a truly human experienc e ?
“It is by suffering that human beings
become angel s.”
Isn’t it time our c ulture started glorifying
the action s of the brave inste ad of deifying
status and celebrity?
It is by suffering that we find ourselves
as human beings, by being broken apart and
putting ourselves together again bit by bit.
Suffering. Till death do us part...
‘Without darkness, how could
there be light to shine?’
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