Some people think that
to be strong is to never feel pain. Actually, the strongest people are the ones
who feel it, understand it, accept and learn from it. Pain changes people. We
will never understand pain until we feel it. Pain is inevitable but suffering is
optional when we grow stronger from the pain and we do not let it destroy us.
suffering are the essence of a life worth living. If we are not pushing
ourselves beyond the comfort zone, if we are not demanding more from ourselves
by expanding and learning as we go, we are choosing a numb existence.
|There are two
types of pain, one that hurts us and the other that changes us.
Without pain, there
would be no suffering, without suffering we would never learn from our
mistakes. To make it right, pain and suffering are the keys to all windows,
without them, there is no way of life. The most authentic thing about us, human,
is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to
be greater than our suffering. When we are suffering, we become more
understanding not only about ourselves, but also about other people's
sufferings. The first step to understand somebody is to understand their
sufferings, then love follows.
I have learned that
most of our troubles are due to our passionate desire for and attachment to
things that we misapprehend as enduring entities; that most of our suffering is
the product of our thoughts. We spend nearly every moment of our lives lost in
thought, and hostage to the character of those thoughts. We can break this
spell, but it takes training just like it takes training to defend ourselves
against a physical assault.
Happiness is not a
reward, it is a consequence. Suffering is not a punishment, it is a result. The
only medicine for suffering, crime, and all other woes of mankind, is wisdom.
When we teach a man to read and write, we put into his hands the great keys of
the wisdom box. But of course, to open the box is quite another thing.
can create breakthroughs. Things fall apart so things can fall
I have also learned
that human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable. Every step toward the
goal of righteousness requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless
exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals. Character cannot be
developed in ease and quiet but only through experience of trial and suffering
can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
Our heavenly Father
understands our disappointment, suffering, pain, fear, and doubt. He is always
there to encourage our hearts and help us understand that He is sufficient for
all of our needs. When I think and accept this as an absolute truth in my life,
I have found that I would stop worrying and I would feel very grateful for all
By Tim Pedrosa