” Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self. Therefore trust the physician and drink his remedy in silence and tranquility.” – Khalil Gibran
Have you ever thought about a situation if someone tells you one will take all of your pain in one go?? How will you react to that situation?? Won’t all of us in our life or atleast many of us try to run away from our pain by avoiding it deliberately or sometimes accidentally??
Human beings are one of the unique creations of nature. Since the beginning of Neolithic revolution , followed by the Industrial revolution we have come a long way . But what has remained constant to our inherent nature is our ability to avoid pain . We try to take shortcuts by running away from the process of churning or by procrastination.In this approach we tend to take a easy path . But this not so actually. As Buddha has told us by his teachings of 4 nobel truths. One of them is that – Life is full of sufferings. In a way it reiterates that pain will come to us in one way or the other eventually.
Now the question arises what is to be like suffering in pain?? Pain in our life can range from any emotional turmoil like loss of our loved ones or family members. It can also include any difficult situation where someone feels so helpless that she can’t do anything about it. It can also include physical pain let’s say one starts doing workout or an athlete starts training . In a way it encompasses every situation where we feel like suffering.
Importance of suffering pain.
Firstly it gives us a lot of experience which helps in our personality building and making us wiser.
It make us stronger than never before .Friedrich Nietzsche the German philosopher has famously said ” what doesn’t kills you makes you stronger”.
It helps us to differentiate between real and fake ones in our life. Like those who really care about us .It gives us a chance to know ourselves better by self reflection, self introspection.We get to know about our real strengths and Knowing oneself is the beginning of all the wisdom.
It entirely changes our approach or our outlook towars life.Empathy and compassion gets cultivated inside us. Empathy helps us in thinking about others by fitting into their shoes .For example when Gandhi suffered pain of humiliation while thrown outside of the train in South Africa then he got to know the real pain of racism ( and also untouchability ) .
Easy success makes us lethargic.We don’t really understand the importance of what we have achieved.
We can draw inspiration from keirekeguard’s “leap of faith ” concept. In our life when our highest telos are at stake we must take leap of faith and that differentiates between those who suffer and those who achieve.
As long as you know why to live you will get to know how to live . Thus as long as you are clear about your aims in life, like what you expect from it no matter in what pain you are you will be able to bear it. As the more successful person in life is the one who is able to delay his gratification .