The High-road of Pain

“Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom.”

Rumi

Pain is a two-sided story. Pain can close you off and make you focus only on yourself and your struggles. Or, pain can open you up to the pain we all experience and connect you through that shared experience.

Pain is a curse and a gift. It shows you that something is wrong and yet also motivates you to work towards something better.

It’s a sharp blade that allows us to cut to the essence of life. An injury for example. You don’t realize how important your back is until you can’t use it anymore. You don’t realize how much you need an arm or collar bone or knee until you break it.

Pain can either drive us to cope (with food, drinking, risk, etc) or drive us to live fully and deeply. (And unfortunately sometime we end up destroying ourselves to ultimately find ourselves.)

Suffering is an easy choice, but it’s not the only choice.

All this to say, you are not alone in your struggles. Everyone is going through something, we just don’t often see it or know how to handle it.

But if we first learn to look to helping others instead of only helping ourselves, and if we seek out connections of experience, we will inevitably also learn how to help ourselves as well.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #731


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