Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls, the most massive characters are seared with scars.
E. H. chapin
when we are suffering, what do we do with it? Do we use it as a reason to hurt ourselves, shame ourselves or hurt and hate ourselves and others? Do we try to do bad things to escape from the pain that is part of suffering?
The suffering and pain that accompanies honesty to ourselves and others is different. It leads to healing, or it will if we let it. Sometimes we can turn to our pain over to our Higher Power, trusting that our pain is there to help us grow, and that it will pass. This can help us believe that our pain has a purpose.
Our feelings, no matter how difficult some of them are to feel, are supported by the compassion we’re learning to feel for ourselves and the compassion God feels for us.
Say with me: I can choose to look at my pain the light of my journey. It won’t last forever, I will survive.