Out of Suffering

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars. ―Khalil Gibran

Remember how as kids we loved to show off our scars as proof that we had done something risky and had the cuts and scrapes to prove it. When did we learn to associate scars with failure and defeat? Somewhere along the line, scars became something we tried to hide (sometimes successfully, sometimes not so much); but we tried. Maturity encourages us to embrace our scars as proof that we have lived life to the fullest that we were called to live, that we gave it our best and sometimes fell down anyway. Our suffering enables us to stand in solidarity with suffering throughout the world. Our scars enable us to reflect on the nature of our suffering and learn from it that suffering (for those in privileged countries) often comes from wanting more than what we have. On the path to gain that “more” we stumble and fall reminding us that “more” is not all it is thought to be. Take a look at your scars; let them teach you and help you reach others who have not yet learned to celebrate their own. May it be so. Namaste

Gentle Thoughts: What do your precious scars teach you today?

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